5 Countries in two weeks for $300 each! A family trip of a lifetime.

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Last fall I received an e-mail from a friend about a one way flight from JFK to Europe and then to Tokyo for $150.  It was hard to believe so I thought I’d check it out to see what the “catch” was as it seemed too good to be true!  Turns out these flight glitches happen from time to time due to keying errors.   You have to book quickly before the prices go back to full fare.  I was of course wary that they would not honour the ticket but for that price, I thought I’d take my chances!  We had to wait until the next morning before my husband could confirm dates that didn’t conflict with work obligations, so we ended up paying just over $300 including taxes and fees per ticket – still an amazing deal!

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What was the catch?  The travel dates were within a two month period and you had to search for the flights with specific countries that you had to hit (in this case JFK to Milan, Barcelona to Amsterdam and then to Tokyo).  We of course had to get ourselves to JFK and then from Milan to Barcelona and then from Tokyo back home since the deal was a one-way flight.  For us, this wasn’t an issue since I collect airline points and used my points to get us to JFK and then also back home from Tokyo.  Also flights within Europe are pretty inexpensive so I decided to add another stop – Budapest which we’ve always wanted to visit and it was a short flight from Milan.  That extra flight was an additional $139 each to get from Milan to Budapest (stayed there for one day and one night) and Budapest to Barcelona.

I’m sure it sounds like a crazy trip to bring Ella at 4yrs old but we had such a great experience with her on our last trip to Europe, we figured why not let her explore more of the world.  Exposing her to different people and cultures would be a priceless experience we could provide her and why not since she is so curious and takes it all in!

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On this trip, Ella took a real interest in languages which was really neat to witness.  We taught her how to say hello and/or thank you in the different languages of the countries we visited and she had so much fun using her limited words with the locals!  She is also pretty adventurous with food so we were able to try all the local fare in each of the countries without issue.  Her favourite were the ramen noodles that we ate it 4 times!

I think Ella has caught the travel bug (like her parents) so I’ll be on the search for our next trip for the three of us to go on.  Another friend told me about the Daily Trip Hack site which I’ve been keeping my eye on.  If you hear of any other amazing deals please let me know!

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17 thoughts on “5 Countries in two weeks for $300 each! A family trip of a lifetime.

  1. Wow, this is so great! Your little girl is a world traveler at age four! You’re making wonderful memories as a family…and you got a great deal too. Thanks for sharing at the Manic Mondays blog hop!

  2. I still remember when you first booked this trip! What an awesome deal. The pictures look great too. It’s amazing what a great traveller Ella is! So many places in two week! I am not brave enough to do that. Thanks for sharing! #ConfessionsLinkUp

  3. My kinda family! Traveling, showing kids new experiences, opening their beautiful brains with language and culture, and all on a budget … very cool, indeed. Thanks for sharing this savvy travel tip with the rest of us!

  4. Wow what an amazing deal! Sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for joining the Link-It To Me Link Party, I hope you will party with us again this week! Pinning 🙂

  5. What an amazing journey to go on and score on the bargain prices too. Error is one mans lost another man’s gain. Sounds like you are giving your four year old a great tour of the world already too. She will grow up knowing more about culture and countries than anyone and that’s a gift in itself too. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  6. What a great deal you found and what a great gift to give your daughter. We travel with our kids, but it is often hard to find good deals for a family of 5! We use points and miles, and that definitely helps. I’m going to check out this Daily Trip Hack you talk about. Thanks!

  7. That is amazing. We just got our passports so we could start taking family international trips. It’s a small fortune to take a family of 5. I hope we can score deals like this someday. Stopping by from Shine hop and hope you linkup 3 posts with our Small Victories Sunday linkup too going on all week.

  8. WHAAAAAAA??? I cannot believe it!!!??!! What an amazing, extraordinary, adventure!! I had no idea about these flight glitches! I wonder how often it happens? And how on earth do you find out about it? Luck or judgement?! I don;t think it was crazy for you to take your little girl! I think kids learn SO much when travelling ‚ much more than they could ever learn in a classroom. What a fab story! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday — hope to see you again next week! x

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

  9. What an exciting and inexpensive trip. You lucked out on the price and it sounds like all of you had a great time. I found your post from the Get Your Shine on Link Party.

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