I can never figure out whether to book flights and trips in advance or go with the flow. Advantages of both are obvious. You go with the flow – you have flexibility, no itinerary, you do what you want when you want. Like a place – stay longer, don’t like a place – leave. But the biggest advantage of booking in advance is that it usually works out way cheaper!! And when there’s no income inflow, those extra savings on flights and accommodation can really make a difference.
When I was in Spain this past May, I decided not to book anything other than my flight in and out of the country. I figured I’d just plan as I go. I ended up loving the flexibility but hated the price of last minute reservations. Flights that usually cost 40-60 euros when booked beforehand ended up costing double or triple that when booked two days before. I left thinking that if I had just done a little research and planned stuff in advance, I’d have saved a ton of money.
But now I’m here in Argentina facing the opposite problem. I have my return flight booked as well as another from San Francisco to Hawaii but this time, I don’t want to leave! And now I’m thinking that if I had just not planned stuff in advance and locked myself in, I could have stayed for as long as I wanted!
Yes I know….the grave and dire problems of the young and the free. Still…it is a dilemma and one that I don’t have the answer to yet. But just in case I fall in love with another country, I’m putting a hold on the planning for now 😉