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Plan your dream European vacation with these great tips. First in a series is airfare secrets. At Captivating Compass, I'll help youchart a course for ambitious adventure. Epic European Vacation

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 I can help you make your European dream vacation come true!  In the next few posts, I’m going to let you in on a few of the traveland airfare secrets I use when planning airfare purchases to Europe.  I’ll also help you get started on planning your dream European vacation.

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First Up, Airfare Secrets!

Planning early (or waiting until the very last minute) is a really good way to get cheap plane tickets. There are a gazillion websites out there to help you find the best fares.  My faves are Skyscanner.net, Rome2Rio.com, and Kayak.com.

Here’s what I like:

Rome2Rio.com

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I absolutely, positively, without question, love the adrenaline rush of planning the trip!Click To Tweet 

Skyscanner.net

I LOVE their “everywhere” feature on their search! Even if I know where I want to go, I sometimes see what the “everywhere” sale offers are and see if I can find a flight somewhat close to my destination. I might just be able to snag a flight and train or bus ride for cheaper than originally planned if there is a sale going on. It doesn’t always work out, but it’s great for dreaming! And you never know, I might score super cheap airfare.  It has been known to happen.  Give it a try and possibly save yourself hundreds of dollars on airfare!

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Kayak.com

Ok! So in Kayak.com, my favorite feature is “Explore”.  It’s on the top menu bar. Click it, enter your home airport and the world is at your fingertips!  So cool!  You can see the various prices for flights all over the world throughout the year!  And, if that’s not enough, they tempt you with destination guides with ridiculously low airfare. Romantic Getaways for $40?!? Yes, Please! At that price, I might be able to afford a babysitter for the weekend! Their “Explore” feature is super easy to use!

I often toggle between Rome2Rio.com and Skyscanner.net and/or Kayak.com. When I work the 2 search engines at the same time, I can drill down and find the best deals for  my dream destination. Try it and take your travel dreams to the next level!

These three websites are where I start my dream searching.  It helps me get a sense of what my budget needs to look like. I might need to downsize my dreams or upgrade my vacation saving plan. It’s all part of  the dreamy planning stage, isn’t it?

Of course, these sites help you avoid the planning of the trip too. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve got some great package deals!  Sometimes all-inclusive IS the way to go! BUT, I absolutely, positively, without question, love the adrenaline rush of planning the trip! It’s second only to actually taking the trip and seeing the sights and making the memories in whatever location I’ve been dreaming about!

Oh! One last thing!

Plan your dream European vacation with these great tips. First in a series is airfare secrets. At Captivating Compass, I'll help you chart a course for ambitious adventure.Remember to set up alerts at sites like Kayak and Skyscanner.   These handy alerts help you track the fluctuations in airfare allowing you to get the best price to your dream destination.  When vacation time has been approved, commit to the airfare and buy the tickets from the site offering the best price. Easy Peasy!

Cheap Flights from New York

Destination Departure date Return date Find Ticket

Fort Lauderdale

23.Jan.2018

01.Feb.2018

Tickets from 50

Orlando

17.Jan.2018

22.Jan.2018

Tickets from 60

Miami

27.Jan.2018

01.Feb.2018

Tickets from 61

Chicago

14.Dec.2017

17.Dec.2017

Tickets from 73

Myrtle Beach

16.Dec.2017

19.Dec.2017

Tickets from 93

Santa Ana

30.Nov.2017

04.Dec.2017

Tickets from 103

Boston

25.Dec.2017

30.Dec.2017

Tickets from 109

Covington

18.Dec.2017

18.Jan.2018

Tickets from 111

Washington

26.Jan.2018

29.Jan.2018

Tickets from 119

Baltimore

25.Dec.2017

27.Dec.2017

Tickets from 120


Cheap Flights from Los Angeles

Destination Departure date Return date Find Ticket

Denver

01.Dec.2017

03.Dec.2017

Tickets from 46

San Francisco

11.Dec.2017

11.Dec.2017

Tickets from 65

Las Vegas

02.Jan.2018

05.Jan.2018

Tickets from 69

Dallas

17.Feb.2018

20.Feb.2018

Tickets from 85

Kansas City

06.Dec.2017

12.Dec.2017

Tickets from 90

Chicago

02.Dec.2017

05.Dec.2017

Tickets from 100

Oakland

29.Dec.2017

01.Jan.2018

Tickets from 101

Salt Lake City

06.Feb.2018

14.Feb.2018

Tickets from 107

Phoenix

03.Dec.2017

05.Dec.2017

Tickets from 110

Sacramento

18.Dec.2017

01.Jan.2018

Tickets from 110


Cheap Flights from Chicago

Destination Departure date Return date Find Ticket

Miami

12.Dec.2017

19.Dec.2017

Tickets from 66

New York

11.Dec.2017

13.Jan.2018

Tickets from 72

Las Vegas

12.Dec.2017

16.Dec.2017

Tickets from 73

Dallas

19.Jan.2018

22.Jan.2018

Tickets from 75

Atlanta

10.Jan.2018

16.Jan.2018

Tickets from 79

Minneapolis

03.Dec.2017

03.Dec.2017

Tickets from 79

Tampa

01.Dec.2017

09.Dec.2017

Tickets from 81

Phoenix

05.Dec.2017

11.Dec.2017

Tickets from 85

Denver

11.Jan.2018

14.Jan.2018

Tickets from 87

Covington

09.Dec.2017

12.Dec.2017

Tickets from 91


Cheap Flights from Atlanta

Destination Departure date Return date Find Ticket

Orlando

07.Dec.2017

11.Dec.2017

Tickets from 44

Chicago

02.Feb.2018

04.Feb.2018

Tickets from 73

Dallas

02.Dec.2017

05.Dec.2017

Tickets from 88

Boston

10.Dec.2017

17.Dec.2017

Tickets from 91

Tampa

05.May.2018

13.May.2018

Tickets from 97

Denver

06.Dec.2017

11.Dec.2017

Tickets from 100

Detroit

12.Dec.2017

15.Dec.2017

Tickets from 101

Houston

08.Feb.2018

11.Feb.2018

Tickets from 101

Philadelphia

15.Dec.2017

19.Dec.2017

Tickets from 103

Cleveland

31.Dec.2017

03.Jan.2018

Tickets from 111


Cheap Flights from Portland

Destination Departure date Return date Find Ticket

Las Vegas

10.Jan.2018

13.Jan.2018

Tickets from 115

Los Angeles

03.Dec.2017

06.Dec.2017

Tickets from 117

Seattle

27.Dec.2017

10.Jan.2018

Tickets from 119

San Francisco

15.Dec.2017

31.Dec.2017

Tickets from 130

Palm Springs

20.Jan.2018

24.Jan.2018

Tickets from 138

Santa Ana

04.Dec.2017

07.Dec.2017

Tickets from 138

San Diego

21.Feb.2018

27.Feb.2018

Tickets from 138

San Jose

13.Jul.2018

16.Jul.2018

Tickets from 172

Sacramento

01.Dec.2017

03.Dec.2017

Tickets from 173

Tucson

24.Jan.2018

31.Jan.2018

Tickets from 186

Hope you gained a few tips reading about how I plan for trips!  Up next in the series is Budget Airlines.  I’ll share my secrets to getting great airfare once you have landed in Europe.  Sometimes it’s even cheaper and faster than the train!

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