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We always prefer to minimize travel expenses as much as possible to instead spend on experiences in the places we roam around. A key strategy we use to do this is what we call stopover travel.
While in the Quito area, we were faced with the predicament of returning here to the Guadalajara area where we’ll soon begin a housesit. The cheapest flight route from Quito to Guadalajara was $610. It’s actually not terrible for the 2,200-mile intercontinental trip. But too much for our budget travel tastes.
So what we always do in these instances is find where the cheap flights are and get there. Sites like Google Flights and Skyscanner become our friend during this research phase. For this trip, we found inexpensive flights to Mexico City from both Lima and Bogota, about 1/4 the flight cost from Quito. So then it was just a matter of getting to one of those nearby cities.
Bogota was more convenient and a new-to-us city we’ve been wanting to visit. So crossing the land border, exploring a new area, then a $50 flight took us there. After roaming around Colombia’s capital, we took that cheap flight to then enjoy Mexico’s capital. A third inexpensive flight then brought us to our destination of Guadalajara.
Total travel cost including tax & baggage = $282 per person.
So net savings amounted to $656 between the two of us, which we were then able to spend on the ground enjoying these fun Latin American cities, rather than flying over them or passing through. It's almost like getting a free stopover, while also getting the opportunity to support the local economy instead of a big airline corporation.
There are connections like this all over the world. And it can be so worthwhile seeking out such alternative flight routes to then explore the stopover cities, a particularly useful tactic for those who can afford more time than money! 😉
It's just one tiny piece of the equation we use in a grand attempt to keep travel costs low and travel fun high! ... See MoreSee Less
I once flew from Italy to England ... via Majorca. 😀. But it was cheaper. Mind you one can get carried away ... a flight from one airport may be cheaper .. but by the time you factor in petrol (or gas as you chaps call it for some reason! 😂), parking etc it can work out more expensive. It has largely to do with load factors and weird booking algorithms!
I love you guys travel expertise! More fun for you! Less money to airlines! Here! Here!🍻
Thanks for the tip!
You can do the same on trains in the UK. A one way ticket from a small village out of Nottingham to London was £112.00. By buying two separate tickets, one to Nottingham then Notts to London was less than £10.00. Who figures out these ridiculous prices??
Thanks for the tip!
I kinda got confused reading this. So you started where, then where and where? Sorry this was great info and I’d like to know
Hopper app is good too 😊
Excellent tips! Thank you!
When does your housesit at Lake Chapala start?