When I say, “price for a flight to Europe,” what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Probably something along the lines of “Expensive!” “$$$” “Bank-breaker!” Well what if I told you you were wrong?
Here’s the low-down: my direct, one-way flight to Iceland cost $330.
Now’s where some of you might say, “Oh, so you got to ICELAND, but who wants to go to ICELAND? I’m talking real Europe!” And then I say, “First of all, Iceland is awesome! And second of all, once you’re across the pond, flights can be less than $100 from country to country.” So in a nutshell, I’m getting to London, England for under $500.
Now you’re curious, aren’t you?
My lifesaver (and bank-saver) for flight costs for the past few months of traveling has been Skyscanner.com. Whether you’re looking for a one-way or round-trip flight, domestic or international, Skyscanner searches all airlines, can combine the cheapest prices, and provides various filters for whatever you’re searching for. [FYI: Icelandair is a GREAT way to get to Europe on a budget. We bought a flight there and then another to London 4 days later!]
We weren’t sure of an exact date to leave on our adventure, but after comparing airlines and dates, we decided that Sept. 2 was the best almost purely based on price.
So contrary to popular belief, it IS possible to get an inexpensive flight to Europe! You just have to do your research, compare prices, and occasionally make some compromises on dates, destinations and stops. In the end, you can make it work if it’s a priority. It’s all about the cost of convenience!
But if you just want a direct flight to Paris– no-hassle, no stops– all the more power to you. You’ll just have less to spend on croissants and rosé when you get there. 🙂