If you haven’t heard of BootsnAll, you should make your way over to their comprehensive website. They bill themselves as an “idie” travel site. A trip planning site less for the masses and more for travelers with some countries under their belt already. Not that an inexperienced wanderer wouldn’t be able to make good use of BootsnAll, but its unique yet user friendly tools are probably not for the 1st trip to a foreign country type, although maybe it should be?
BootsnAll specializes in round the world trips, “RTW“. It is filled with travelers stories, tips and ideas if you are going for an extensive open ended journey or looking to pack in as many countries as you can in just few weeks. This is the place to get you started, beginning to end.
I was planning a one month trip in January with some cities down as a must-visit. With a map in one hand and BootsnAll up on my laptop I began exploring airfares. I went to the plan a trip section and typed in my starting point, New York City. From here I punched in everything from Rio, Fiji, Auckland, Seoul etc etc. After toying around with dozens of possibilities I ended up with NYC to Thailand to Istanbul to Budapest to Prague and returning back to NYC.
What separated BootsnAll from other travel sites was the ease of multi-city flights. Punch in the cities and dates and you will see an option of costs, flight times and layovers. I began from the low end and the most flight time. From here with BootsnAll you are able to go into each leg of your trip and make changes. Twelve hour layover in Moscow? No problem there’s another flight with only a two hour layover for just $25 more. You can easily look at every leg of your flight and see all the options available in real time pricing, Finally. My initial flight routes were changed bringing my costs up by about $125 but eliminating about 15 hours worth of layovers. I submitted to purchase all my tickets and I was emailed shortly after from a representative from BootsnAll telling me they found a couple different flights that would save me an other $150 if I changed flight time departure and airline, Sweet!
Here is a brief tutorial on using RTW flight search on BootsnAll
I was booking this in short time too. Only a week before my date of departure. Needless to say every flight went as planned. I had tried to book this trip using other sites. I spent several hours punching in everything and nobody came close in pricing. Nor was there any type of option to tweak routes as easily as with BootsnAll. If you are planning a trip big or small I would strongly recommend taking a look at BootsnAll for flight bookings, ideas or advice.