It’s been cold in New York. And I am not the person to complain but I really needed a break. Some people spend their free time reading, playing candy crush (is that still a thing) or watching NetFlix. I like to spend my time playing travel roulette.
I decided to play a bit of travel roulette using Google Flights (as I usually do) last week and stumbled upon a roundtrip to Miami for $100. After thinking about it for all of 15 minutes I booked a one way ticket ($50), packed my bag and was on a plane the very next day. Call me crazy but hey. There was no way I was going to pass up that opportunity.
What the heck is travel roulette?
Travel Roulette is the act of allowing an airline search tool such as Google Flights to choose your destination for you. You put in your home airport and dates and Google will tell you where to go. I am not sure if this is an official definition (I just tried to make it sound official) but it is my definition so it is official according to Taima.
Ok. So How do I play Travel Roulette?
Well you’re in luck because you can get started playing travel roulette in just three steps. It is so easy and addicting. I am warning you in advance. Don’t be like me. (Or be like me. It’s good for you). I swear I spend every minute of my free time on Google flights.
Ok. So here is how I play travel roulette and what I did to score such a great deal.
Navigate to Google Flights, and click on explore map.
Enter you home airport. I am from New York City so I always search all three of my local airports. If there are any airports that are not too far of a drive you may want to consider adding them to your search. You will be surprised what you find. Leave your destination blank. You can enter a location, country, continent, or even region however I like to let Google tell me where to go.
Click on the date and select Flexible Dates. I am a weekend warrior so I usually will select weekends however you can do weekend, 1 week or 2 weeks. Play around with it a little bit. You will be surprised at what you find.
Now enjoy results!!! I have gone on so many fun weekend trips using this method. You definitely have to be flexible. However I think it is a great way to explore places you have never visited or even think to visit. Earlier this year I went to the Willamette Valley in Oregon for next to nothing.
I really only wanted a one way ticket to anywhere so I adjusted my search accordingly. I recreated my search below. It looks like there are still tickets to Miami for $49 for anyone that is interested.
Will I be seeing you in Miami? I hope so. If you follow me on Instagram you already know I love to brag about cheap deals so tell me what kind of great flight deals you have found. Are there other sites you use to find cheap deals?