How to Use TripAdvisor

How to Use TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor has established itself as one of the most influential sites in the tourism sector, offering users powerful tools to plan perfect trips.

This post delves into the details of the TripAdvisor site, highlighting its unique features and providing tips on how to make the most of them.

Overview of TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor provides reviews, advice, photos, and tips on hotels, experiences, restaurants, and flights from a vast community of travelers.

Its strength lies in the wealth of information available, which helps users make informed decisions.

How to Use TripAdvisor

How to Use TripAdvisor: Using Filters to Find the Best Accommodation

Searching for accommodations on TripAdvisor is simplified by using filters that allow you to select options based on price, location, available amenities, and user reviews.

These tools are essential for narrowing down your search to the perfect hotel that meets your needs.

If you think you already know how to use TripAdvisor, I recommend carefully experimenting with these filters: you’ll discover that you can improve your experience and manage to find better solutions for your trip.

You’ll make your choice much more consciously.

The “Don’t Know When to Go?” Feature

This innovative feature helps users discover the times of the year when the desired accommodation has the lowest price. By integrating this information with annual weather conditions, users can plan their trip at the most advantageous and comfortable time.

“Things to Do” Page

The “Things to Do” section is a treasure trove of information on attractions, tours, and experiences. Filters for categories, ratings, and type of activity allow you to customize your search.

A tip is to carefully read the reviews and look at the photos posted by travelers to get an authentic idea of the experience.

“Restaurants” Page

This segment of TripAdvisor is crucial for food lovers. It allows you to discover the best restaurants nearby, filtering by cuisine type, price range, and rating.

Reading recent reviews can provide an overview of the food and service quality.

“Flights” Page

Searching for flights on TripAdvisor allows you to compare prices and schedules between different airlines.

Tips for use include checking date flexibility and exploring alternative airports to get the best rates.

I recommend repeating your flight search using other tools available on the web. In this blog, you will find many other articles on this topic. I suggest you read: “How to Use Skyscanner” and “Use Google Fly to Fly Around the World.”

“Vacation Rentals” Page

This feature allows users to find unique accommodations, from apartments to villas, offering more privacy and space.

It’s advisable to read reviews and verify the location to ensure it matches your needs.

“Travel Stories” Page and Triplannerr

While TripAdvisor offers reviews and photos, the Triplannerr project goes further, allowing travelers to publish detailed “Travel Reports,” including travel stories and useful information to organize itineraries autonomously.

These reports are enriched with geolocated photos and direct links to Google Maps, promoting an exchange of information based on altruism and solidarity.

Triplannerr’s Travel Reports gather on a single page all the information needed to organize your trip autonomously.

“Reviews” Feature

On TripAdvisor, users can write reviews, post photos, and add new places, contributing to the site’s wealth of information.

Compared to Triplannerr’s “Travel Reports,” these reviews offer a more direct and personal approach to travel experiences.

Conclusion and the Triplannerr Project

TripAdvisor remains an indispensable tool for travelers. However, the Triplannerr project introduces a new way of sharing travel experiences, based on community and free sharing of detailed and useful information, without intermediaries.

Triplannerr not only facilitates the organization of trips autonomously but also promotes a sense of community among travelers, who help each other by sharing their experiences and advice.

Learn how to use TripAdvisor to the fullest but consider joining the Triplannerr project!

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If you’re reading this blog, you’re an adventurous traveler, and I want to invite you to experience something unique. We are forming a Community of Travelers who will exclusively try out the new digital platform we’ve created to organize and plan trips and vacations entirely autonomously, avoiding all forms of intermediation.

“We believe that the free and spontaneous sharing of information is the key to making ‘traveling’ a habit achievable by everyone.”

When you return from a trip, you possess valuable information: Hotels, Restaurants, Tour Guides, the experiences you’ve had! These are pieces of information you will never use again, but they are indispensable for someone who wants to take a journey similar to yours.

If you’ve lived an unforgettable experience, you’ve brought home all the information necessary to replicate it! So, why not share it?

Why not leave other travelers the information you’ve gathered on the spot or during your experience?

This way, others can save time (and money) and live travel experiences based on your stories. We want to create a database of information available to everyone.

Join the project, and you too can find the information needed to plan your next trip with the help of the community!

We are creating a digital platform where you can find (and exchange) all the necessary information to plan and organize trips and vacations completely autonomously!

All this thanks to the “principle of sharing” and the solidarity among travelers who share information collected during their travel experiences.

If you want to participate in the final phase of the development of this new digital platform and become a Beta Tester (for free) by sending feedback, suggestions, and new ideas…

How to Use Skyscanner

How to Use Skyscanner

In an increasingly interconnected world, planning a trip has never been easier, thanks to tools like Skyscanner. This site has revolutionized how we search and book our flights, offering an easy-to-use platform that compares airfares from hundreds of airlines. But how can we make the most of Skyscanner to find the best deals? Follow me in this detailed guide.

How to Use Skyscanner

Skyscanner: An Overview

Skyscanner is a travel search engine that allows users to find the lowest prices on flights, hotels, and car rentals. Its intuitive interface and advanced features make it an indispensable tool for anyone looking to save on travel.

Finding the Perfect Flight

To start, visit Skyscanner. The first thing you’ll notice is the simplicity of the interface: just enter your destination, travel dates, and the number of passengers. Skyscanner will do the rest, searching for the best options available.

Tips to Save
  • Be flexible with dates: use Skyscanner’s “Whole month” search feature to find the cheapest days to fly. Sometimes, changing your departure or return date by a day or two can make a big difference in price.
  • Set up a price alert: Skyscanner allows you to monitor price changes for a specific route and receive notifications when prices fluctuate. This gives you the chance to book at the right moment.
  • Explore destinations: if you’re open to various destinations, Skyscanner’s “Everywhere” feature can inspire you by showing the cheapest flights from any airport.
Booking at the Lowest Price

Once you’ve found the flight that suits you, Skyscanner will direct you to the airline’s website or an online travel agency to complete the booking. It’s important to book quickly, as prices can change.

Use the incognito mode on your browser. This way, you’ll have a better chance of booking at the lowest price.

Sites like Skyscanner track every online action you take, and if you perform a search, your IP address is stored: from that moment on, the site “remembers” your interest in that particular flight!

If you don’t buy immediately, it’s unlikely you’ll find a more convenient offer! Instead, what can happen is that from then on, all the offers you find will cost more than the initial one. You can find more information on the topic of cookies in where to buy travel tickets.

The Triplannerr Project

In conclusion, I’d like to introduce you to Triplannerr, a new social network dedicated to organizing travel and vacations entirely autonomously, without intermediaries. On Triplannerr, travelers can exchange useful information, from hotel contacts to personal tips, to help each other organize unforgettable trips.

Every user can publish a “Travel Report” with all the information needed to replicate a travel experience, making it easy for anyone to find and organize their ideal trip based on authentic experiences.

 

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If you’re reading this blog, you are an adventurous traveler, and I want to invite you to live a unique experience.

We are forming a Community of Travelers who will exclusively try the new digital platform we have created to organize and plan trips and vacations entirely autonomously, avoiding any form of intermediation.

“We believe that the free and spontaneous sharing of information is the key to making ‘traveling’ a habit achievable by everyone.”

When you return from a trip, you possess valuable information: the Hotels, Restaurants, Tour Guides, and experiences you’ve lived!

These are pieces of information you will never use again but are indispensable for those who want to make a similar trip.

If you have lived an unforgettable experience, you have brought home all the necessary information to replicate it!

So why not share it? Why not leave other travelers the information you collected on the spot or during your experience? This way, others can save time (and money) and live travel experiences based on your stories.

We want to create a database of information available to everyone. Participate in the project, and you too can find the necessary information to plan your next trip with the help of the community!

We are creating a digital platform where you can find (and exchange) all the necessary information to plan and organize trips and vacations entirely autonomously!

All this thanks to the “principle of sharing” and the solidarity among travelers who share information collected during their travel experiences.

If you want to participate in the final development phase of this new digital platform and become a Beta Tester (for free) by sending critiques, suggestions, and new ideas…

Join the Community of Independent Travelers.

 

How to Use the Rail Planner App

How to Use the Rail Planner App

Did you know that you can use the Rail Planner App to plan train journeys across Europe?

Train travel is a great alternative when traveling in developed and technologically advanced countries. The standards of train travel have improved significantly, often surpassing those we’re accustomed to when flying. Modern trains are incredibly comfortable and offer services unthinkable on airplanes. In much of Europe, high-speed trains have significantly reduced travel times, making train travel between European capitals much faster than flying.

Moreover, when you add the time needed to reach airports (which are always far from city centers) and the more complicated boarding procedures for airplanes (compared to trains), the competitiveness of train travel is clear!

Using the Rail Planner App to Travel by Train in Europe

Perhaps you didn’t know that traveling by train in Europe is very easy, fun, and quite affordable. You can purchase a single travel pass valid (unlimited) across the entire European network for a predefined period! On the website interrail.eu, you will find all the information necessary to organize your train journey across Europe independently.

In fact, you’re purchasing a “Pass” that allows you to freely travel on European trains for a set number of days (you decide how many). There are two types of passes:

By using the App Rail Planner, you can purchase an “Interrail Global Pass,” allowing you to travel freely on all trains (and ferries) in 33 EU countries for the duration of your pass.

How to Use the Rail Planner App

Alternatively, you can use the App Rail Planner to purchase an “Interrail One Country Pass,” which allows you to travel freely on the entire railway network (and ferries) of the country you select at the time of purchase. This option is designed for tourists who intend to thoroughly explore a single country and not travel to other countries during their trip.

How to Use the Rail Planner App

How to Use the Rail Planner App?

Once you’ve purchased your “pass” (which can be done via the website or directly from the app), you’ll always have it on your smartphone to show to the control staff across the entire railway network (or on ferries): you can travel without having to worry about anything. The Pass can be purchased (or used) up to 11 months before the trip.

At the time of purchase, you will have a series of options that differ in their duration in days:

How to Use the Rail Planner App

In practice, you can purchase “travel days” within a certain timeframe: in the case of the image above, the offer marked as “Most Popular” allows you to buy a “Pass” valid for seven days (on which you can travel) within a one-month period.

How to Use the Rail Planner App to Plan Your Journey?

Now you have a powerful tool to plan your train travels! You just need to choose your main destination for your trip and then all the secondary ones. For example? I choose to go to Paris starting from Rome. By purchasing my pass, I insert the necessary day for the outbound journey and the one for the return journey. Then, based in Paris, I can purchase the “travel days” necessary to reach the secondary destinations of the trip. In this case, I have another five travel days that I can use to reach secondary destinations.

However, if I have purchased an “Interrail Global Pass,” I can decide to plan an itinerary that involves staying only one day in each destination and traveling every day to a new city.

The convenience and practicality are clear, and, all things considered, the “passes” are also very affordable.

This app is very easy to use and is perfect for independent travelers who love to organize their trips entirely on their own.

The only limitation: “Passes” can be purchased only by European citizens or those permanently residing in Europe.

triplannerr

If you’re reading this blog, you’re an adventurous traveler, and I want to invite you to experience something unique. We are forming a Community of Travelers who will exclusively try out the new digital platform we’ve created to organize and plan trips and vacations entirely autonomously, avoiding all forms of intermediation.

“We believe that the free and spontaneous sharing of information is the key to making ‘traveling’ a habit achievable by everyone.”

When you return from a trip, you possess valuable information: Hotels, Restaurants, Tour Guides, the experiences you’ve had! These are pieces of information you will never use again, but they are indispensable for someone who wants to take a journey similar to yours.

If you’ve lived an unforgettable experience, you’ve brought home all the information necessary to replicate it! So, why not share it?

Why not leave other travelers the information you’ve gathered on the spot or during your experience?

This way, others can save time (and money) and live travel experiences based on your stories. We want to create a database of information available to everyone.

Join the project, and you too can find the information needed to plan your next trip with the help of the community!

We are creating a digital platform where you can find (and exchange) all the necessary information to plan and organize trips and vacations completely autonomously!

All this thanks to the “principle of sharing” and the solidarity among travelers who share information collected during their travel experiences.

If you want to participate in the final phase of the development of this new digital platform and become a Beta Tester (for free) by sending feedback, suggestions, and new ideas…

 

Using Cheapflyme to Plan a Trip

Using Cheapflyme.com to organize a trip is a valid alternative for those who want to avoid agencies and intermediaries and plan their trips independently.

The site’s motto is “Discover The World For Less,” and indeed, it promises savings of up to 60% on flights and hotels worldwide.

I’ve done several tests, and very often, it’s true!

We are used to booking trips from the most famous websites and never venturing beyond the first page of Google search results.

However, there are many alternatives, and with a bit of patience, tools like Cheapflyme.com can be excellent.

It allows you to find information, compare prices, and book almost everything you need to organize your trip without intermediaries and entirely independently.

How to use Cheapflyme to organize a trip

Cheapflyme.com presents itself as a site for booking primarily flights and hotels. The feature that makes this site unique and functional is its ability to compare prices and options offered by the world’s leading airlines.

The site declares it does not directly sell any tickets/services but exclusively acts as a comparator, showing the various available options.

Indeed, once you’ve chosen the service, the site directs you straight to the provider, and the purchase happens directly on the service provider’s website.

Example: I want to go to London, I choose a British Airways flight, and once I click on the link, I find myself on the official website of the British airline to proceed with the ticket purchase.

It’s clear that Cheapflyme earns a percentage on sales through direct agreements with operators who sell through the portal. There’s no surcharge for users but discounted rates for Cheapflyme, acting as a “broker” and advertising site.

The comparator function is excellent, and prices (and various possible travel solutions) are displayed in ascending order (from least expensive to most costly).

Cheapflyme: Flights and Hotels

If you’re about to use Cheapflyme to organize a trip, you immediately have the essentials: airfare and hotel. The flight and hotel comparator function is the site’s main offering and the most used.

Cheapflyme is a partner of the world’s most important tourism operators, and the information provided by its search engine really includes a large part of the market offerings.

Using Cheapflyme to Plan a Trip

 

Helping you find all the information to compare prices and offers in just a few seconds and in ascending order is the main service offered by this site, the most useful and most used.

Purchasing an air ticket at the best possible price.

If you want to use Cheapflyme to organize a trip by leveraging its main function (searching for flights and hotels), my advice is to first do some research through many other sites (other comparators, Google, the airlines’ websites, Booking.com) and then come back to this site only after going through many other searches through all the other channels you usually use (for example, using Skyscannerr).

Always keep in mind that the cookies you authorize to track your browsing alert the sophisticated tracking systems of the OTA sites to your passage.

So if, after searching on Skyscanner, you open the Cheapflyme page, the results you see will likely be “influenced” by those you just viewed on Skyscanner.

You must consider that the “marketing war” waged by the OTAs is no-holds-barred.
If you wisely allow the cookies from the various sites you visit to track your searches, it’s like telling everyone what you want to buy and that you want to make the purchase at the best price.

It might seem incredible, but, as happens with hotel rooms using Booking, even the searches you make to find tickets for your air travel can be influenced by your browsing history.

Cleverly repeating the same searches (even on subsequent days) will probably help you get better prices.

However, be careful not to overdo it!
Often, especially on the airlines’ websites, advanced marketing systems are active that prevent you from finding the most advantageous offer if you do not proceed with the purchase immediately.

This happens because sales systems evolve very rapidly and “understand” if your search is urgent and if you really need to buy the tickets.
In many cases, they do not re-offer the best deal if they “sense” that you are genuinely interested in the purchase.

Using Cheapflyme to organize a trip: not just flights and hotels

Cheapflyme was born as a price comparator for flights, but, as has happened to all operators in the sector, it later added the option to combine the flight with a hotel.

Its evolution has never stopped, and today it is possible to use this site to find and compare all the services necessary to organize a trip entirely independently.

Indeed, in addition to air flights and hotel rooms, the site offers a wide range of ancillary services that will allow you to plan every detail of your vacation.


Using Cheapflyme to Plan a Trip

The same functions available for searching and comparing prices and services offer you the opportunity to compare and find services useful for planning your trip.

The system is always the same: using Cheapflyme to organize a trip gives you the opportunity to use the site’s features to find and compare all available options.

You can rent cars, find a tour guide, or purchase an excursion in the location chosen for your trip. Once the system is queried, you’ll see all the sites and all the available proposals to meet your need. The site will then redirect you to the sites where you can purchase the services you need.

There are many websites connected to Cheapflyme, and navigating the site is very useful (and fun) to find services and websites in the countries you want to visit.

Using Cheapflyme to organize a trip by only using the functionality dedicated to searching for air flights and hotel rooms is very limiting. If you want to use the site to its fullest potential, you must use all available functions.

You’ll discover that using Cheapflyme to organize a trip is very useful, and in a single site, you can find everything you need to avoid any form of intermediation and do everything necessary entirely independently.

triplannerr

If you’re reading this blog, you’re an adventurous traveler, and I want to invite you to experience something unique. We are forming a Community of Travelers who will exclusively try out the new digital platform we’ve created to organize and plan trips and vacations entirely autonomously, avoiding all forms of intermediation.

“We believe that the free and spontaneous sharing of information is the key to making ‘traveling’ a habit achievable by everyone.”

When you return from a trip, you possess valuable information: Hotels, Restaurants, Tour Guides, the experiences you’ve had! These are pieces of information you will never use again, but they are indispensable for someone who wants to take a journey similar to yours.

If you’ve lived an unforgettable experience, you’ve brought home all the information necessary to replicate it! So, why not share it?

Why not leave other travelers the information you’ve gathered on the spot or during your experience?

This way, others can save time (and money) and live travel experiences based on your stories. We want to create a database of information available to everyone.

Join the project, and you too can find the information needed to plan your next trip with the help of the community!

We are creating a digital platform where you can find (and exchange) all the necessary information to plan and organize trips and vacations completely autonomously!

All this thanks to the “principle of sharing” and the solidarity among travelers who share information collected during their travel experiences.

If you want to participate in the final phase of the development of this new digital platform and become a Beta Tester (for free) by sending feedback, suggestions, and new ideas…

 

 

 

How to Maximize the Use of Ryanair

How to Maximize the Use of Ryanair

Learning to use Ryanair to its fullest potential is the first step you need to take if you want to organize your trips entirely on your own like a true professional.

Ryanair is the most famous among “low-cost” airlines, partly because it was probably the first to offer travel tickets at low or very low prices. However, Ryanair is also known for its “unique” rules for boarding and flying on its planes.

In this post, I’ll explain how to use Ryanair by leveraging every way (trick) to spend as little as possible.

Maximizing Ryanair: First of all, sign up!

The first thing you need to do if you want to learn how to use Ryanair is to sign up on their website. If possible, use the options to sign up using your Facebook or Google account.

Avoid using the sign-up form that requires entering your email and personal details. The reason is simple: like all websites run by the “giants” of the business travel world, Ryanair’s site is governed by an algorithm.

The purpose of this algorithm is to “learn” and know as much about you as possible. It wants to know what you like, what interests you, where you want to go, and how much you’re willing to spend.

So, you need to tell it as much as possible about yourself! This way, your “algorithm friend” will know in advance what you’re interested in, where you want to go, how much you’re willing to spend, and how many times you’ve abandoned the cart without buying anything.

If you use your Facebook or Google account to sign up, you’ll be more credible (the algorithm hates fake profiles!) and you’ll immediately provide detailed information about yourself, your friends, and your habits. We don’t know exactly which details, but for example, signing up with your Facebook or Google account automatically provides Ryanair with your email address. A great start!

The new privacy rules adopted by Facebook and Co., following the “innovations” introduced by Apple, have greatly limited trackability, storage, and data sharing (unfortunately for us who have figured out how to exploit cookies to our advantage), but you can be sure that signing up on Ryanair’s site using one of your accounts is the best way to start your “relationship” with the site’s algorithm, presenting yourself as a real person with clear needs and desires.

Obviously, EVERYTHING you had “told” Facebook (or Google) in the past and every future action, click, or page read on Ryanair’s site will be part of a well-thought-out plan and strategy you must always keep in mind while acting, not reflecting your real intentions or desires. If you want to make the most of Ryanair, always remember that, once logged in, all your actions on the site must be motivated by a precise strategy and a well-devised plan.

Your main goal is to make the algorithm understand your desires. But you shouldn’t reveal who you really are! Aside from your name and personal details (which will be real), all your actions and “desires” expressed while browsing will be the result of a strategy and plan devised before you connect.

You must “teach the algorithm to know the “buyer persona” you want to be represented by. Where would you like to go? What is the price you’re willing to pay for a flight or service? You need to profile the persona you want to represent for Ryanair’s algorithm, not the one you are in reality!

Everything will work better as you purchase flights and services, and in a short time, you’ll start receiving offers, discounts, and “suggestions” in line with your desires.

With every action you take, the “rank” assigned by the algorithm will improve, while your propensity to purchase will guarantee you the status of a “good customer”. At this point, you’ll start to enjoy many benefits inherent to Ryanair’s loyalty strategy.

Always remember that every “click” you make is observed and stored, and being aware of this should be an advantage for you in the “war” against the algorithm!

Now you’re ready to begin your journey on Ryanair’s site, shall we?

Maximizing Ryanair:

Once you’ve logged into Ryanair’s site, you’re presented with a screen containing all available options:How to Maximize the Use of Ryanair

Remember, if you want to use Ryanair to organize and plan your trips entirely on your own while spending as little as possible, you need to follow the process in reverse to how you would usually do: choose your destination based on the most convenient flight you find and then elaborate your itinerary after having purchased your flight tickets (which, in the case of intercontinental travels, represent the most significant expense to bear).

So, start exploring the “Explore” section but don’t start with “Search a Flight” unless you have an urgent need to reach a specific destination (an option not recommended).

To start “educating” Ryanair’s algorithm, I suggest you instead begin your navigation on the site by clicking on the options “Search Ryanair Room,” “Car Rental,” and “Search Events and Activities.” This way, the algorithm will understand that it can sell you other services besides air flights, and it likes that a lot!

These available options are very useful and, besides being an excellent alternative to plan (and save on) your travels, they hide very pleasant surprises:

Using Ryanair Rooms to accumulate money useful for paying for air flight tickets

The “Search Ryanair Room” option is a great alternative to Booking.com or Airbnb and can be really useful for finding accommodation in your travel destination, but the biggest advantage is represented by Ryanair’s Flight Credit” program: For each accommodation booked using this function, Ryanair credits you 5% of the spent amount on your “Flight Credit.”

It’s an actual credit in Euros that you will find in the dedicated section accessible from your Dashboard profile. The amount can be used to purchase air tickets for international flights within 180 days from the credit.

Note that it’s not necessary to travel within the 180 days but only to redeem the credit. In practice, you can buy tickets for next year’s trip!

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the service is temporarily suspended, but it’s good to keep in mind that booking accommodation with Ryanair is a great strategy to save money!

Using Ryanair to rent a car

All services related to selling tickets for Ryanair flights are obviously designed to offer tourists a range of products at the precise moment the need arises: You buy a flight, arrive in a distant city, and need a rental car.

In the case of car rental, Ryanair has not adopted “aggressive” marketing strategies like the cashback thought for the purchase of accommodations, but still, it has very competitive rates worth evaluating and considering.

Ryanair operates with the main car rental carriers in the world, and it’s a safe bet that their agreements are designed to offer the best possible rate to the customer who has just purchased an airline ticket.

Using Ryanair to Purchase Activities and Events

The logic is the same as for car rentals: you arrive at a destination far from home and want to engage in fun or cultural activities. At this point, Ryanair offers you a range of alternatives, from guided tours of monuments to sports events or concerts. Again, the logic of marketing suggests that the accessible rates be competitive with those available on other sites: Ryanair wants to sell you everything and earn your loyalty!

The offer of activities to do and events to attend provided by Ryanair Tickets is truly broad, and you can find useful suggestions to make your trip unforgettable. However, I suggest (also in this case) to take the opposite approach: first identify the activity to be carried out at a good price in a given travel destination and start from here to plan your departure and verify the optimal conditions to decide to leave.

A really useful function to implement this strategy is prominently displayed on the page: you can start your search by simply typing a destination in the world and view in a second all the activities that are proposed to you. Another possibility to refine your search is represented by the “Categories” option (in the middle of the page) that allows you to select Sports Events, Concerts, Cultural Activities, or other activities to be carried out in the chosen destination.

I developed a very similar function (but extremely different in concept and operation) in Triplannerr.com , the new platform dedicated to the organization of travel and vacations that I promote on this blog. I invite you to immediately participate in the final testing phase of the new site by signing up for the Facebook group Triplannerr.

Try Somewhere New

Another option offered by Ryanair is “Try Somewhere New,” which suggests real travel guides on available destinations. A kind of blog with articles and information that should inspire your travels.

This is the section of the site I like the least and believe I have developed much better on Triplannerr.com by stimulating the spontaneous sharing of information and interaction among users who, by recounting their travels, offer the opportunity to learn in a more direct and credible way, providing real information gathered during their travel experiences. In my opinion, Ryanair’s blog is sterile and not very useful.

The “Destinations” tab, however, is, in my opinion, much more useful and stimulating because here you can find suggestions on destinations reachable by air. Even in this case, however, I find the section poorly maintained and useless.

The same function is much more developed on Triplannerr.com where it is truly capable of offering inspiration in planning travels and useful information for all those who intend to replicate the travel experience told by another user.

Using Ryanair “Destinations” to plan a trip.

A truly useful function is the “Destinations” one, which you can access from the dashboard by following the “Destinations” link

You’ll immediately access a page that displays the world map. You can choose a departure airport and view all the airports connected with Ryanair flights!

Moreover, it’s possible to set filters to conduct targeted searches based on:

  • Budget
  • Destination (the option to select “anywhere” as the destination is very useful)
  • Departure date (the day you want to leave)
  • Length of the trip (one-way trip, duration in days, or date range)
  • Type of trip: “City Break” “Family” “Golf” “Nightlife” “Outdoors” “Beach”

By setting the available filters, you’ll display the results, and this will be an excellent starting point to begin planning your trip.

You’ll find a very similar search engine on Triplannerr.com, but with a significant difference: while the filters on Ryanair are used to select flights offered by the airline, on Triplannerr.com, they’re used to display “Travel Reports” that other travelers have posted to share information collected during their trips. In these reports, you’ll find:

  • itineraries, integrated with Google Maps
  • photos and videos of the destinations included in the itinerary
  • hotels, with reviews and images uploaded directly by the traveler sharing their journey
  • restaurants, with prices, photos of the dishes, and reviews
  • activities undertaken with descriptions, images, and videos directly from the traveler sharing their journey
  • all the useful elements to replicate the journey told, accompanied by a summary of costs and all the contacts of local tourism operators (hotels, restaurants, etc.) that the traveler has already used (and recommends).

If the local tourism operator is present on Triplannerr, you’ll also find a direct link to their page!

All of this is completely FREE and with the guarantee of receiving information directly from another traveler who has lived the experience before you and wanted to share it on Triplannerr.com.

Using Ryanair to book a flight

The main reason you’re reading this post and need information on how to use Ryanair is that you want to purchase airline tickets at the lowest possible price.

I need to make another small premise and ask you a question: How do you think Ryanair can sell you an airline ticket to an international destination for only €5.00?

Anyone who has already traveled with Ryanair knows “their” answer.

First of all, the airline has minimized expenses, the space allocated to passengers, the luggage that can be brought into the cabin, and any additional service. So, if you want to use Ryanair, be prepared for an uncomfortable journey without additional services, which are available but at a cost.

Now, to understand the whole process let’s try to purchase a plane ticket: First, as mentioned before, if you really want to save money, you must not have constraints on dates or destinations and purchase tickets for the flight under the best possible conditions, taking advantage of promotions or booking well in advance of the departure date.

Let’s proceed: to find the most affordable flights, you have two possible starting points: the “Route Map” or “Destinations”. In both cases, you can set a departure airport. You can choose the one closest to you (to save on transfer expenses) or the one from which there are the best offers (I recommend investing some time to evaluate the cost of tickets from different airports, the price difference can be substantial).

Let’s say we have chosen “Bari” as our departure airport and start evaluating the proposed destinations in terms of price or date. Indeed, Ryanair’s proposals will be many and, in addition to suggesting destinations reachable from the airport you have chosen, the site also offers dates when prices are more affordable.

At this stage, you have three filters available to refine your search based on:

  • dates: selecting the month you want to leave (or when you hope to find the best offer)
  • budget: selecting the budget you want to spend on travel tickets
  • type of trip: selecting the type of activities you want to do once you reach your destination

I proceed with the simulation trying to purchase a ticket to “Kos” in Greece.

Immediately after clicking on the destination, the site suggests a date and shows me the flight route.

Right below the proposed flight, there’s an active option: “see other prices”. Clicking on it, the site shows me a page where, for the same flight, it suggests alternative dates and prices, proving that the first result offered is indeed the best possible offer.

If at this point I am willing to depart on the suggested date and at the price of €4.99, I proceed with the purchase.

Once the departure date is selected, I must click on the “Add Return” button. At this point, a second chart appears with possible alternatives for the return. The price is double that of the outbound journey, but considering it’s only €13.00, I decide to continue.

At this point, here’s the surprise: to continue using Ryanair, I have a series of possibilities:

  1. I can proceed with purchasing the trip for €17.98 (the rate I had chosen), but I can only bring a very small bag and nothing else. Moreover, I can’t reserve a seat on the plane but will have to sit where indicated at boarding. Finally, I’ll have to queue for everything and, probably, pay a surcharge for airport check-in.
  2. Purchasing the “Regular” fare. I’ll have to add €20.93 (for each flight so €20.93+€20.93= €41.86, which added to the initial price (€17.98) makes €59.84, which, I must specify, is still an excellent offer for an international flight. With this fare, I can bring with me (besides the very small bag) also a 10 kg hand luggage. I can choose and reserve my seat in the cabin but only among those available for this fare (not among all available seats) and I will have priority over passengers who have purchased the base fare. Not bad, I’d say! Even if the luggage dimensions and its weight are still very limiting for a 15-day trip.
  3. With the “Plus” fare, INSTEAD of the 10 kg hand luggage, I can check a 20 kg suitcase. Moreover, I can bring the usual very small hand luggage, reserve my seat in the cabin (only among those available for this fare) and have free airport check-in (within 40 minutes before the flight). The cost of Check-in with “Value” and “Regular” fares is an unknown that can vary based on the flight, destination, and departure airport. In this case, I’ll have to add €29.99 for each flight. So I arrive at the sum of €77.96, which is not bad at all for an international flight!
  4. Finally, I can choose to use Ryanair to its fullest potential and purchase the “Flexi Plus” fare. In this case, I’ll have to add €70.22 to each flight reaching a total of €158.42, but I’ll have priority in the boarding procedures, can bring with me a very small bag and a 10 kg hand luggage, can choose my seat on board without limitation (except for seats already occupied by other passengers), will have access to a dedicated lane during boarding to avoid queues, won’t have to pay for airport check-in, and will also have the option to change the dates of departure and return flights.As you see, even by selecting the most expensive fare, if you have no constraints in choosing the departure and return dates and destination, you can travel spending more than accessible amounts!The real trick to maximize the possibility of using Ryanair for travel is to have no constraints, not to bring luggage, and to have a lot of patience and to queue at the airport.

    You must be very careful because if you want to use Ryanair to fly with the minimum fare, you must know the conditions for flying very well and strictly adhere to the imposed limits, which are always checked.

    Obviously, the company tends to sell the higher fares and any pretext is used (during boarding) to force you to upgrade to a higher fare. You seriously risk not being boarded and not being able to depart!

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    All actions you take on the site to communicate with the algorithm are useful to receive privileged treatment. Subscribing to the Newsletter is certainly a clear gesture that communicates your willingness to frequently return to purchase products on the site.

    I strongly advise you to do so and to read the emails that will be sent to you. If you purchase the offers found in the Newsletters, you will be “promoted” to Mailing Lists that are more “targeted” with very advantageous offers.

    I advise you to return to the site as often as possible and “simulate” the purchase of trips to countries where you would like to go. Go up to the cart and then stop just before entering your card details for payment. With good probability, in the following weeks, you will receive offers on those destinations in Ryanair’s Newsletter.

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