As someone who’s trying to travel as much as possible, and someone who also just quit her 9-5 job to do so (meaning spurts of income here and there but nothing stable), it becomes obvious that I have to get reallllly creative when buying tickets. I first learned the beauty, and beastly, part of connecting flights when I was planning to study abroad in Paris. Way back when I was a travel n00b, I decided to book what I thought would be a flight from New York to Paris, and then half an hour after I booked the ticket, I realized that there was an hour layover in Iceland.
I thought it’d be another adventure, and that it would be cool to say I had seen Iceland’s airport, but all I ended up feeling was crustiness and exhaustion from the 3AM layover. Luckily, I did it for the sake of cheapness, and to tell you about it now. If you don’t know, connecting flights are two flights packaged on the same airline with a time span in between both flights where you just chill out in the airport with dark circles and no wifi. Why do airlines do this? So they don’t lose a customer despite not offering direct flights. Most people avoid them for various reasons but mostly because no one likes to have the stress of traveling not only once, but twice for one journey. This is exactly why they’re cheaper, and why you’ll always find me taking at least two flights to get from city A to city B.
What you probably don’t know is that you can make your own connecting flight and save even more money.
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