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“Layover Love” Travel Hack. Save Money & Travel More

Save money and visit money countries with the “layover love” travel hack.

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What is “layover love”? Is it a travel hack? Ya, I guess it is. And it works.

People ask me all the time how can I afford to travel. How much do you pay for the flights? Are you waiting at the airport all day long, overnight even? No. I’ll tell you how I do it. Better yet, I’ll tell you exactly how to do it. It’s simple and it’s beneficial in more than just one way.

Not only does this method save you money, but it also introduces you to new adventures and experiences.

Layover Love Travel Hack

Without further ado, the best trick when booking a flight is making sure to book a layover in a city that you want to visit. And making sure that the layover is long enough for you to get out of the airport and visit the city. 

The reason this helps is that it lowers the price of your flight. If you’re willing to book a 12-hour layover in Rome or in Bangkok or in Beijing, because it’s in between you and your destination, you’ll save money.

This isn’t going to be an unpleasant layover. Not your typical layover the way you think of it. This is an adventure. This is one day in a destination city. There’s so much you can do with 10 hours in the city. You can usually see most of the main attractions that the city has to offer. 

Choosing Your Layover Country

I’m not suggesting to go to a place that you absolutely are dying to go to and only spend 10 hours of freedom there. I’m suggesting that you book a stop in a country that you didn’t have the time to see but you wish you had.

Of course, you’ll have to choose a place that is initially a layover destination. So you may only have a few countries to choose from. But it is likely that there will be a country that you want to visit.

Why It Works

This is a tried-and-true method. I’m speaking from experience. I have done this multiple times and I have friends who have done this multiple times. I was able to climb the Great Wall using this method with only 8 hours in Beijing. Kathi just recently did it in London. She had a 12-hour stop and got to see all the main attractions; Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye.

I just booked a flight from Boston Massachusetts to Vienna Austria for less than $260. I have a 12-hour layover in Rome Italy. Rome!? Are you kidding me? of course, I would love to spend 12 hours in Rome. And get a discount for it? I arrived at 8 a.m. and my flight leaves at 8 p.m. give me enough time to get a bottle of vino and eat some pizza.

The reason this is so much better than other travel hacks such as getting off at your layover destination and skipping your connecting flight. Is because this is completely by the rules. This is what the airlines actually want you to do.

How to book

What’s important is that you choose your layover correctly. You want to make sure that your layover is that a time when you can go out and explore the city or grab drinks with a friend. You don’t want to have a layover from midnight till 6 a.m. because then there isn’t much you can do. So try to book a layover where you arrive in the city at 8 a.m. and then leave at 8 p.m. that way you’ll be out of the airport by about 9:45 a.m. probably into the city around 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. with about six hours of free time to explore the city or Island or town.

I recommend using Skyscanner and selecting the whole month, as long as you’re flexible. And that completes your first layover love. Keep lovin’.

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Written by Derek

Derek, our editor in chief, is an avid reader and lifelong backpacker who has traveled to more than 30 countries and 30+ U.S states. He is a digital marketing specialist with over 10 years of experience growing companies using innovative growth strategies.

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