See exactly how far your money will fly you
One of my favorite features of Kayak is one I only recently discovered: the Explore section. This magical tool shows you all the places around the world you can actually afford to fly to on a given budget. Here's how it works: select a departure city, move the slider to suit your flight budget (anywhere from $10 to $2,000+), select a month or season, and watch as the world map is dotted with all the destinations you can jet off to. Oh, the possibilities!
If the wealth of options is a little overwhelming, you can even filter by climate, continent, or attractions. Click any of the blue dots to reveal more details (price, departure dates, airline, number of stops), and clicking Find Flights whisks you off to the booking process. As long as you can be flexible with your travel dates, it’s a fun way to come up with your next vacation spot, and feels a bit like tossing a dart at a globe. Careful though, it’s addictive.
Pay attention to the fare forecast so you don't book too early
Since everyone and their grandma uses Kayak, the site is uniquely qualified to study historical pricing trends and confidently forecast how a price’s flight will fluctuate. So, while you’re searching, pay attention to advice it gives you. On desktop, you’ll see a line chart in the upper-left corner of the results page, and on the app, you’ll notice a confidence percentage at the top of your screen when you first see your results.