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Planning flights overseas doesn’t have to be stressful!

If you take things one step at a time it is actually really easy to find flights while traveling overseas (but if you don’t want to I can certainly plan it for you! It’s a service I offer).  Here is how I planned for a trip to Europe. I find by taking it one step at a time it makes it very easy to get great deals.

Here is how much I spent:

Compare buses, trains and flights

one way ticket from Paris to Athens  on Aegean Airlines   $87

Athens to Santorini on Blue Star Paros                           $66

flight from Santorini to Athens on Aegean Airlines           $77                                                                                                                                       $230 total

I found my flights on Expedia.com and I was pleased with the prices.  How did I find the flights? I Googled “flights from Paris to Athens” and “flights from Santorini to Athens” and I compared a few fares and found the above prices. Those are reasonable, don’t you think?

I decided to take a ferry from Athens to Santorini because I wanted to see the beauty of Greece as I was traveling. I had the privilege of taking my time getting to Santorini so the ferry was a great option.

NOTE: If traveling by ferry, pay the extra to have an assigned seat.

I bought my tickets a month in advance and usually getting your tickets at least a month in advance gives you a better chance of finding a great deal, and $230 for two flights and a ferry ride is very reasonable.

However, many times there are restrictions for checked bags and carry on luggage or fees to print boarding passes so it’s imperative you read the fine print so you know what you need to do prior to traveling. Here were the restrictions for my Aegean flight:

You can carry on board the plane 1 piece of hand baggage, weighing no more than 8 kg and measuring no more than 56cm in length x 45cm in height x  25cm in width.

Now that I know the restrictions I can plan accordingly. See? Easy, right? If you know what to expect with your baggage you won’t be caught off guard. Make sure to read the fine print so you can be prepared.

 

Do you have any upcoming trips? Have you ever taken a ferry ride or flown internationally? 

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Some people travel. Roni IS travel. For over 20 years she has been traveling the world and now shares her unique insight with her worldwide audience on her blog, www.RoniTheTravelGuru.com. Whether you have never gotten on a plane or are a seasoned traveler, the expertise and insider knowledge she shares on her blog will help you make your travels an adventure. No where else can you find the uniquely helpful ins and out given to you by someone who has lived overseas for 4 years, speaks fluent English, French and Spanish, and works for a major airline. And guess what? She’s also a licensed elementary teacher and has an MBA.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Roni,
    I’m leaving for Paris tomorrow and just came across conflicting information whether my credit card will be accepted. I keep reading about the chip and pin system that’s being used. My Capital One card has a chip but no pin. Some users said that I will be able to use my card just not at the Metro or places where a signature will not be possible, like an automated booth. Others are saying that it won’t be acceptable at all. Also my intentions was to use my debit card to withdraw cash from the ATM instead of paying the high exchange rate at the travel booth at the airport. I’m reading some places that the ATMs will not accept pins greater than four digits, which is a problem because my Bank of America card has 8 digits (I know ridiculous but true). Can you provide any insight so I can go to bed I’ve been up since midnight trying to figure this out it’s now almost 5 a.m. eastern standard time? Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

    • You card will work without the chip and pin, I think they can just swipe your card if you don’t have a pin. As far as the debit card goes I have never had a pin greater than 4 digits so I do not know but I would withdraw some money BEFORE Paris to ensure you will have some cash. I would call your CC company and ask about the chip and pin so you can make sure what their policy is.

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