International Holidays and When to Fly

Every country has its unique holidays and celebrations to visit family, enjoy traditional food and drink, maybe buy a gift or two – and travel. Let’s make that last part as cheap as possible.

LISTEN: Airfare expert Rick Seaney on the very best days to fly wherever you are.

Find the Best Deals for International Flights

There are several ways to save on airfare and here are five of the best:

1. Always compare airfare prices: The cost of airline tickets can go up and down depending on the month or season and the only way to know for sure you have the best deal is by consulting an airfare comparison site.

2. Fly when most people don’t want to: In general, travelers like to make the most of a week off by departing on Fridays, returning on Sunday and higher demand means higher prices. Look for cheaper deals in the middle of the week (in the U.S., the cheapest days to fly are almost always Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday). This is especially important during heavy-traffic periods like holidays.

3. Choose inconvenience: Sometimes foregoing the ease of a non-stop in favor of a connecting flight can bring airfare costs down significantly. This can also apply to traveling in and out of less convenient airports, and flying at  less convenient times of the day (such as dawn). Again, compare prices to be certain.

4. Don’t shop too late or two early: Avoid shopping earlier than about two months before departure, but don’t leave a ticket purchase to a few days ahead of time or chances are you’ll pay more than you have to.

5. Check out the low cost airlines: We all have our favorite carriers, but see what the other airlines are offering in the way of sales or specials, particularly ‘ultra discounters’ like Ryanair and EasyJet but pack light because those airline baggage fees can hurt.

Important Holidays

This is just a tiny sample of some of the world’s more unique celebrations; we’d be delighted if you add your favorite in the comments below or on Facebook.

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  • Australia: Australia Day (Monday, January 26, 2015)
  • Brazil: Carnival (Friday, Feb. 13 to Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015)
  • Canada: Thanksgiving (Monday, Oct. 13, 2014)
  • China: New Year’s (officially begins Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015)
  • France: Bastille Day (Tuesday, July 14, 2015)
  • India: Diwali (month of October)
  • Russia: New Year’s Day (Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015) and Russian Christmas (Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015)
  • United Kingdom: Boxing Day (Friday, Dec. 26, 2014)
  • United States: Fourth of July (Saturday, July 4, 2015)
  • Vietnam: Tet (celebrations begin Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015)

There are also an increasing number of holidays that transcend international borders:

  • Valentine’s Day (Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015)
  • Halloween (Friday, Oct. 31, 2014)

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Updated: November 13, 2014