Just booked a one way ticket to leave the UK
Update October 2017: Since writing this, our plans have changed. For various reasons, we had to book a return ticket. Find out why here.
Where are we going?
If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll already know about our vague plans. We’re starting in South East Asia; Thailand to be exact and eventually heading to Australia, then New Zealand and then wherever the wanderlust takes us after that. We’re purposefully being very flexible with our plans, which may well change as we beginning moving from country to country.
When are you leaving?
We’re leaving in October 2017 – but wish it was sooner. It’s just a few days short of 6 months away and we have our whole lives to sort out first, we have our flat and jobs to arrange first and we’d like to save a little bit more money before heading off for good.
What are you going to do in the meantime?
The same as what we always do: work, eat, sleep, etc. We’re trying our best to make the most of our time here seeing as we know we’ll be leaving for the long-term, whilst trying to save money at the same time! We’ve started reducing our useless possessions, found new tenants to move into our flat (but we’re not actually moving until July of this year, the new tenants are students) and found a temporary home for the couple of months before we fly.
We’ll both be working right up until the day before we leave, not wasting any earning opportunities for the sake of a day off. Sadly, I will be leaving my job. I almost didn’t quit. That’s another story for another time in a future blog post.
Why a one way ticket?
Well, as we’re leaving our jobs there’s no reason to assign a fixed length of time to our travels. We looked into Round-the-World tickets, but we figured out it would be more flexible making decisions when we’re on the road.
Where did you book your cheap flights?
Who said they were cheap?! Actually, they weren’t as expensive as we expected. We’ve been keeping an eye on the price for a while (using incognito mode, of course) and we had a few options. We were flexible with the date, but it just so happened that our preferred date was the cheapest in the entire month!
We could have paid £268 each for a flight from London Stansted to Bangkok, with an 8 hour stop-over in Mumbai. Or, the option we went for was £296 each for a direct flight from London Heathrow to Bangkok. It actually worked out much cheaper for us as we’re travelling from Cardiff. It would cost us more to get public transport to Stansted Airport than it does for Heathrow Airport. The times of the direct flight were also more convenient.
We used Skyscanner in order to find the different flight options and prices for the entire month. The price can vary by £100+ depending on the day, so flexibility is the best policy when trying to get cheap flights! The highest price we saw for flights to Bangkok in October was £430 and the cheapest was £268.
Before booking, we checked the price on the airline’s website – a good idea as it was £2 less per person by booking directly with the airline. All money saved is a bonus, even if it’s just a few pounds!
We can’t bloody wait. The excitement was difficult to contain after the booking confirmation of our flight arrived!