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How to Plan Travel Like a Pro | Booking Flights, Stay, Budgeting

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Curious to know how I plan my trips? Today I'm sharing my best tips for planning travel: booking flights, accommodations, budgeting, language tips and more. Timestamps below. Thanks to HelloTalk for partnering with me on this video! Download the app here → https://brc.hellotalk.com/Lavendaire // TIMESTAMPS 1:03 - Booking flights + finding the best price 3:47 - Always go incognito when researching 4:25 - Hopper app for tracking flight prices 4:43 - Open to any destination? Search lowest airfare to everywhere 5:46 - Scott's Cheap Flight Deals 6:00 - Familiarize yourself with the language 7:22 - Practicing new languages with native speakers, HelloTalk 9:31 - Tips on booking your stay (finding a convenient location!) 12:34 - My secret to booking on Airbnb 15:42 - Budgeting for your trip + money tips 18:05 - Handling important documents // TRAVEL RESOURCES & TOOLS → Skyscanner | https://www.skyscanner.com/ → Hopper | https://www.hopper.com/ → Scott's Cheap Flights | https://scottscheapflights.com/ → HelloTalk App | https://brc.hellotalk.com/Lavendaire → Airbnb (Free $40 credit) | http://bit.ly/29Ikbj8 ✅ Download the FREE "Ultimate Packing Checklist' PDF here: http://bit.ly/2o3ztll // WATCH MORE → Travel Tips | http://bit.ly/2j6kSVM 💛 Subscribe to my podcast The Lavendaire Lifestyle | http://lavendaire.com/llpodcast 💝 Join the Lavendaire Lifestyle Community: http://bit.ly/lavifb ___ // F O L L O W ▸ blog | http://lavendaire.com ▸ instagram | http://instagram.com/lavendaire ▸ facebook | http://facebook.com/lavendaire ▸ twitter | http://twitter.com/lavendaire ▸ pinterest | http://pinterest.com/lavendaire ▸ spotify | https://open.spotify.com/user/aileenxu ___ // R E S O U R C E S 💝 Shop: Artist of Life Workbook & Daily Planner by Lavendaire | http://shop.lavendaire.com 💌 Join the #LaviLoves mailing list | http://lavendaire.com/mail 💛 Podcast: The Lavendaire Lifestyle | http://lavendaire.com/llpodcast 🎧 FREE Audible Trial | http://www.audibletrial.com/lavendaire 📚 My Favorite Books | http://lavendaire.com/favorites/books 🎥 My equipment for YouTube, blogging, & podcasting | http://lavendaire.com/gear/ 🏡 Get a free $40 credit on Airbnb | http://bit.ly/29Ikbj8 📝 Translate my videos to your language: http://bit.ly/translatelavi ___ Filmed & Edited by Aileen Xu Transcription by Alicia Lalicon | [email protected] Music by Eventide Outro music by Eventide | http://bit.ly/2wW9Xa8 // M A I L B O X Aileen Xu PO Box 296 Brea, CA 92822 Business Inquiries | [email protected] ___ // A B O U T I'm Aileen, a lifestyle blogger sharing knowledge and inspiration on creating your dream life. Lavendaire is my blog about personal growth + lifestyle design. Follow along and learn how you can create a life you love. Subscribe to Lavendaire to get inspired by new videos weekly! http://bit.ly/sublavendaire ___ FTC: This video is sponsored by HelloTalk. Download the app here: https://brc.hellotalk.com/Lavendaire
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Gabriella Grimaldos (1 month ago)
The description box is on point. Thanks for putting the time markers!!!
shellyelle (1 month ago)
Even though I DO NOT have enough money to plan my own trip, this was an awesome video!!
Thảo Nguyễn (1 month ago)
Thanks a lot Aileen! Just come back from my very first Europe trip, but I wish I knew and watched your video ealier ❤️ So saved for next time ✌🏻✌🏻
Mariam Osei (1 month ago)
This was such an informative video! Thank you!
Lea B (2 months ago)
Hi Aileen! I definitely used all your tips for our next family trip. I learned so much and it was so much easier to plan after following your method. Thank you so much!!!
Jason Mims (2 months ago)
Is Airbnb safe? I've thought about using it but I've heard so many horror stories from people used it.
Correta Othili (2 months ago)
New subscriber and this video has taught me a lot. Keep the tips coming we're all ears.
Izza Sakhara (4 months ago)
Hi new subscriber heree. Such a helpful video. Thankyouuu
GanjaWaifu (4 months ago)
That Hello Talk app is so cool! Thank you for that!
Kai Hiwatari (4 months ago)
Have u visited India
I luv u 4ever for this video !
Delphi Turner (5 months ago)
thats pretty cheap...woahh
liu tony (5 months ago)
Airbnb is just as clean? Even big hotels can messed up big time, just search "See Which Hotels Were Caught Not Changing Bedsheets for New Guest". People or agents that handle these apartments are not professionals.
Safra Trip (5 months ago)
cindrella7495 (5 months ago)
The perfect video that I needed in order to organize my trip ! WELL DONE AND THANK YOU ! I specilly appreciated your clear explanations and your way of talking (like you had no parasite noises in between sentences like other youtubers) and it was a pleasure to listen to you. Have a beautiful day ! ❤❤❤❤😗😗😗😗
Great content and the examples made everything very easy to understand!
Marley Baird Media (6 months ago)
OMG! Go incognito when researching -- the best tip ever!
ronnnnie (6 months ago)
thanks for your tip about booking flights. it's always the most difficult thing to figure out flight prices on different days. My tip would be depositing cash from your debit card from local ATMs during your travel.. Even after the service charge, the exchange rate is still pretty good and you can always get smaller bills this way. Also, it makes me nervous to carry so many cash on me, esp. if I'm on a trip longer than a week.
Jacalyn Capalbo (6 months ago)
Quality content. Thank you.
Stephanie Gonzalez (6 months ago)
Thank you so much, very helpful!
nakira (6 months ago)
Hey i want to go to japan when im older its my dream but what do you mean nonstopflight idk anytging about flights 😂
Perisha Malla (7 months ago)
Just saw the description. Wow so well organized 😍
Perisha Malla (7 months ago)
Am new to your Channel and i found your videos very informative and inspiring.
Moush Travels (7 months ago)
I’m also a solo traveler. I have travelled to more than 15 countries like Oman, japan, Italy, Dubai etc. and thanks for sharing wonderful tips regarding the booking, budget and many more for a trip.
Donald Anderson (8 months ago)
Is it better to find flight incognito or to use an account to get the flight booking rewards?
Caravan of Hope (8 months ago)
Very informative video. Thanks. Btw, whats the name of your currency app?
Tshego Naomi (8 months ago)
This is the best travel tips video! Thankss
QueenKrool (8 months ago)
So helpful! Thank you
sylvia McGugin (9 months ago)
Niki Van Oppens (9 months ago)
Wow, I learned so much! Thank you! 😘
Raven Isabell (9 months ago)
Your vibe helps me find such mental clarity! Thanks for your helpful information. 💓 Much Love from Texas
Naya Jay (9 months ago)
I'm planning a trip to South Korea so this is helpful... I'm already learning Korean
Tomomi. H (10 months ago)
Great video! Hope you enjoyed staying in Tokyo! Osaka and Kyoto will be another option in the future if you are interested in exploring more of my country.
Claire Hardy (10 months ago)
That app sounds amazing, will deffo give this a try as I love learning new languages!
Charlote Dera (10 months ago)
Gosh you make me wanna travel so bad, but I'm really scared. Are these bnbs and hotels safe? I have heard a lot of human tracking stories and I honestly don't know. What do you guys think?
Charlote Dera (10 months ago)
Gosh you make me wanna travel so bad, but I'm really scared. Are these bnbs and hotels safe? I have heard a lot of human tracking stories and I honestly don't know. What do you guys think?
Mabel Rodriguez (10 months ago)
I saw the video as soon as you posted it and I can not stop thinking about what you've been to in 27 countries! What are those countries? have you been in my country? I'm from Dominican Republic!! Btw, i Love your vídeos!!!
Marantan (10 months ago)
Hoo! Your make up is like Asian, I find it so cute on you Lavendarie :)
nyamoram (10 months ago)
Great view. I will save it as a resource for my next trip 😀
Pretcieux (10 months ago)
Superb....love love love your vlog. Please have more vlog about travel. Thank you soo much, you are sooo informative
Arwina J (10 months ago)
I love this!! THANKS
Justinne Audrey (11 months ago)
I learned a lot, thank you! I'm a frustrated traveler and the amount of options out there can be overwhelming. This is like an introduction course for people like me who are just starting to learn the how to's/basics. =)
Desiree Duda (11 months ago)
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greengal (11 months ago)
Thank you for the great tip. Bank of america has a travel reward credit card where you get a travel points for purchases and no foreign transaction fee. I use it all the time during travel and pay off my balance when back home. That way, minimum cash exchange required :)
x (11 months ago)
I cant believe it is only like $200 to fly overseas! for Australia it is around $1000
Grace Kraatz (11 months ago)
Amazing video! I'm going on my first ever solo trip this year and have been struggling to plan it (it's so hard to start from scratch!) and this has been so helpful!
Laura Marotta (11 months ago)
i love your videos so much! I wish you all the happiness in 2018 s2
PauL TerL (11 months ago)
Thank you
Aminathefirst (11 months ago)
Your beautiful.. and thanks
Ayasami (1 year ago)
Going to Namibia next Summer. I'm afraid the public transport and airbnb tips won't work for that xD
Cris Rodrigues (1 year ago)
Very very userful info. May I  kindly ask  you a video about how to make your baggage? or perhaps like how to make the ideal luggage, since you travel so much I guess it helps a lot. Considering  that  in some cases   specially when you travel with  a child, you want to make maximal use of your luggage space but do not know how to avoid useless things or forget important ones.Thanks once more.
Lavendaire (1 year ago)
Here are a couple videos on that: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=eTzSpM3Balo & https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=PQefqx7rAS4
Life As De'Sha (1 year ago)
This is so on time I'm going to Coachella next year and I'm trying to come up with a game plan. Thanks for the tips
にき (1 year ago)
I'm Japanese!👘
ライイ一麗伊 (1 year ago)
Good tips especially the one on handling docs.I am planning my first solo trip to japan. I don't travel so its really difficult for me.thanks aileen
LILIANA SURIEL (1 year ago)
It’s so true Americans expect others to speak their languange. It’s so embarrassing!
RoomWithAView (4 months ago)
LILIANA SURIEL Not all Americans and not only Americans. 😂 You obviously have a negative connotation against them.
diamndz1021 (8 months ago)
not all of us, someone needs to realize that. seriously
Explore the wonders (1 year ago)
I never really search in these websites since I use JetBLue when I travel which is not frequent but there are some destinations that JetBLue doesn't offer from Puerto Rico (my country) so I have to do a connected flight but for example to Tokyo there's no flight unless I take one to NYC and then get another airline to Japan but for future trips I'll use these website just to have a look on average prices. .
Sierra Lisse (1 year ago)
Really wonderful tips. I find the Hello Talk and the SkyScanner 'Can't Decide Where' absolutely mind-blowing. So thank you for posting this. It's always lovely and wonderful to watch your videos. The aesthetics are so pleasing and yet so simple. I'm trying to improve my videos bit by bit :D
Ana da Cunha (1 year ago)
I️ freaking love skyscanner!!!! Hahaha
Sabrina Marie (1 year ago)
i'm going out of the country for the first time in two months, and i used all of these tips and resources! i'm glad to know that i prepared well. :D this video was still very helpful! thank you aileen!
Rareisbeautiful (1 year ago)
I had never heard of Hopper till now! Loved this video Aileen! Thanks!
Tommy Bo (1 year ago)
next month I was planning to go to Ohio to visit my dad's side of the family and Aileen puts out a new video about traveling. *THANKS AILEEN!*
Eugene Yu (1 year ago)
may i know where are you originally from:)
student council (1 year ago)
it feels like ages ago i stumbled onto your podcast on google music. i'm basically in love at this point, and yep i'm hoping for a trip to japan in a year or two, once i have some money and speak the language better. /blog tldr you're on point don't change, and thanks c:
Mitchell Murphy (1 year ago)
Thank you so much about planning for trips, especially when traveling outside of the United States! I’ve seen many videos about travel tips and I have to say I learn many new things about planning just watching this video such as the websites and apps that you mention and now I use them to help me plan my trips. Using incognito was a huge surprise for me and I never thought about it until I saw this video. Thank you so much for sharing your tips and recommendations. 😊
Christina J. (1 year ago)
just found your channel and already love it!
My chellean (1 year ago)
thanks for this! 💜
Bambi (1 year ago)
What does she use to film and edit her videos? :O
Rayowag (1 year ago)
She has a whole video about it.
末広夕芽華 (1 year ago)
What was most excited experience in tokyo? What's your favorite place and japanese food? sorry for long message !!
末広夕芽華 (1 year ago)
what's the most excited about japan? where did you go around shibuya,harajuku? hello talk ap is interesting❣️ been waiting next video^ - ^
末広夕芽華 (1 year ago)
What was the thing you had the most trouble with since coming to Japan?
Amruta Mohare (1 year ago)
Using Incognito mode for browsing .... That's a insanely genius idea. Being an IT person even I never thought about it. Thanks a ton!!! 😊😊😊👍
Jo Chun Yan Poon (1 year ago)
Wonderful tips especially around staying near the metro stations!! I like HelloTalk too!! Its great :) My other tip which I discovered after staying at lots of Airbnbs is to check when you can check in to a place. There have been lots of times when I arrive in a new city early in the morning only and have to wait 8 hours before I can drop my bags off. And!! If you can, a sim card just in case you need to contact your host beforehand is really helpful too!!
Mika (1 year ago)
such great tips!!!!
Brooke Flood (1 year ago)
THANK YOU for sharing Airbnb!!! I am planning a trip and hotel prices are extremely high during this peak season we must travel in, and the hotels aren't even that nice. I checked out Airbnb and there are some really nice rooms for a fraction of the price as hotels. I have never tried Airbnb before.. great idea!!
Julia Zanko (1 year ago)
I wish I could travel a few times a year but its all about time and money :(
Hannah Garrett (1 year ago)
Girl you gotta replace that smoke detector battery lol I was convinced it was in my house !!
Lavendaire (1 year ago)
LOL!! woops you guys heard it... getting to it this weekend 😋
rubie martinez (1 year ago)
Awesome tips!!! I love the Skyscanner tip of finding cheap tickets everywhere!
Dhriti Kala (1 year ago)
Looking so cute in new hair style 😘
Juan Hernandez Jr. (1 year ago)
My experience while traveling to Thailand, was to exchange money once you arrive in Thailand. The rule of thumb is to bring new $100 bills. You will get a better exchange rate than getting the money from your home bank.
Maria Salazar (1 year ago)
this video couldn't come more at a perfect time. i recently booked a trip and this got me excited!
Bollianaxo (1 year ago)
Thank you for this Aileen! These advices are so useful!
Karolina S. (1 year ago)
Such a good video!
Jessica Torres (1 year ago)
Thanks for making this video. I'm planning on going to Korea next year in April
Razia Khatoon (1 year ago)
Lavendaire i really really liked your video. You are soo sweet
Mariela Merino (1 year ago)
This is so great. I love traveling, you gain so much experience! I want to know how you afford to travel so much. The fact you've been to 27 countries is amazing.
M Kirk (1 year ago)
Your video didn't finish yet but I immediately downloaded hellotalk,cuz I love learning languages and there is nothing like the direct help. Thanks a lot
Lavendaire (1 year ago)
M Kirk :) glad you like it
hey chynthia (1 year ago)
definitely gonna come here again when i'm planning to go on a vacation, very informative thankyou!!
jhon christian las RN (1 year ago)
This is really informative 💕💕
Fiona Lilly (1 year ago)
such a nice, well-edited video!:)
Vrushali Ketkar (1 year ago)
Such a fantastic video Aileen! Your videos are always loaded with information and presented in such an aesthetically beautiful way! Waiting for Part-2! :)
Klaudia Ortiz (1 year ago)
Can you do a video on all the countries you have been to and which ones were your favorite?
KenneDIY ☮ (1 year ago)
Maybe a part for on returning home and getting back into things and into normal routine again
KenneDIY ☮ (1 year ago)
This video was perfect, you're amazing. I think you should do a part three talking talking about your experiences traveling and how to get the most out of your time and capture the experience.
Briana (1 year ago)
I found you yesterday and have literally watched almost all of your videos, I love your style and aesthetic and I'm glad I'm subscribed! I was just thinking about planning a trip with my boyfriend so I'm SO happy you posted this video. Thanks for being amazing!
Lavendaire (1 year ago)
aww thank you ^_^ welcome!!
Calida (1 year ago)
Pro tip for traveling in Seoul: coming out of subway stations can be several long flights of stairs up, so stay at places close to the exits!
Amber Laine (1 year ago)
Calida This is so true. It's also great to stay near an airport bus stop because when you first get to Seoul it can be intimidating to get around if you've never been before. So if you stay close to an airport bus stop it makes life a lot easier.
Lavendaire (1 year ago)
good to know!
theFitty (1 year ago)
*This was so incredibly helpful, I'm going to check out all these links later on! I'm new to travel. My heart is calling me to go to different places but I've never gone anywhere my life and all of the process is super overwhelming. But you give me some good tools to check out, Aileen :-) so thank you.*
Bangtan-OUR Babies this is my feeling right now !
Bangtan-OUR Babies (6 months ago)
theFitty Good luck!☺️ I also want to travel the world and ive also never go anywhere. Its a bit fritining and scare me but it would be a Dream come true ♥️
Lavendaire (1 year ago)
good luck!!
Missim You (1 year ago)
Ah, wishing I hadn't already booked my place because that Airbnb credit would have helped. :P Very interesting, informative and makes me more excited for my trip! 7/11 is the best for withdrawing money I have heard. :)
swaggerouttahere (1 year ago)
I want to use your airbnb link but I already have an account, would I have to create a new one ?
Lavendaire (1 year ago)
yeah I believe the deal is just for new users!
aliciaandnoah (1 year ago)

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