So you have decided to visit one of the many amazing destinations, maybe a visit to Bangkok, Amsterdam, Las Vegas or Manila you are going for one thing in mind and yes you may well need to travel a long way to experience heaven on earth however take the pain out of your journey to the Red Light District with these great tips from The Red Light Guide.
1. Save money and time on your flight booking.
The flight can sometimes be the single most expensive aspect of your trip and therefore shopping round for the best deal is vital in saving that hard earned money for better benefit in the bar. When looking at flights all travel agents will give different prices and some may have access to special fares on certain flights which are simply not available elsewhere. There take the hassle out of the flight booking process and use The Red Light Guide which has access to fares from over 250 online travel agents covering more than 750 airlines. Therefore we bring you the best prices and biggest range of flights no matter what your travel itinerary is. Just look to for our booking search engine on this page to access the very best fares to every Red Light District on earth and start saving to ensure more on what you love (beer, food, sex- no necessarily in that order).
2. Be flexible and see great savings
Prices of flight tickets rise and fall quicker than a Thai’s G-String so it is better to do as much research as possible to ensure you get the best price. Be flexible and then you can achieve greater savings on your airline tickets by simply switching the dates by a couple of days or weeks either side. Even better- we have a great calendar search feature which means you can see prices throughout the year for your chosen destination meaning that you can start to plan that all important vacation time from work and really enjoy the destination you are visiting. Remember that school holidays, Chinese New Year, Christmas and Easter are often the worst times of the year to travel as the aircraft is both full and the tickets are very expensive indeed, alternatively look a couple of weeks either side and see the prices drop significantly.
3. Choose your airline carefully
With 750 airlines to choose from you will most likely look at price as the initial factor. However you should choose your airline carefully, reliability, baggage allowance, comfort and times of departure and arrival are all very important too, these maybe not that important for a short flight but for those on a long on a very long flight may wish to have those items which provide a little more comfort on a longer flight. Do some research and select the airline best for you. When comparing a normal scheduled airline versus a low cost carrier always keep in mind the additional costs for baggage, seats and food.
4. Direct or Stop Over?
Whilst most of us would wish to get to the Red Light District as quickly as possible to enjoy and sample the many bars, hookers, strip clubs and more there is also some savings to be made on looking at direct vs connecting flights which often can save hundred of dollars/pounds/euros in flight costs and can add extra spending money to your budget. If you take a look at the below example we see a London to Bangkok calendar search for Direct and Connecting flights showing a significant savings can be made. However these live calendar searches can be used for all types of flight bookings so select your origin and destination now and see how much you could save.
Save more by flying indirect and use the dollars saved for extra entertainment in the bar
You should always pack as light as possible for ease and convenience when overseas however the cost of baggage if often not included in low cost carrier flight ticket prices and together with seats and meals often means the price of the ticket is much more than the original price shown. Do your homework and work out what is best for you. If, like most people you will need to take a suitcase with you then you may find a full-service carrier is cheaper than the low cost carrier alternative by the time you get to the checkout. Also when booking check what you allowance is, often long haul will include a minimum of 23kgs or more in the cost of the ticket price. When booking with multiple carriers on different tickets you will be restrained by the smallest baggage allowance so its always best to check in advance to avoid hassle and additional cost when you are at the airport.
6. Pre-book your seats
Pre-booked seats is often chargeable by an online travel agent however this is not always the case when you check your ticket with the airline after purchase. To save some money do not select a ticket with the online travel agent but after you have purchased your flight then go to the airline website and view your booking using your last name and booking reference, often many airlines will allow you to select you specific seat free of charge and ensuring you get the seat type you wish (such as window / aisle etc).
With some airlines you will not be able to book the exit rows online, these seats often have much greater leg room than standard seats however have a fixed back to the seat meaning it is unable to recline. You can however often request these seats when at check-in and for those taller travellers this is a perfect way to add a little more comfort to the flight without the need to pay more.
7. Connecting multiple flight tickets
For those adventurous mongering travellers who are flying to multiple locations then something to consider is to break up the total itinerary into smaller sections meaning more chance of a direct flight and less chance of very odd routings and extremely high prices. Be careful however as often these tickets will be with different airlines, all of which have their own rules, baggage allowance and other boarding procedures. The more airlines you have on an itinerary then the more preparation you may need to do before your adventure begins.
Without sounding boring, always ensure you have some form of insurance with you for those occasions when something bad happens to your travel plans. Whether medical, theft or flight delay you should have a insurance policy which covers for the usual eventualities and with the costs of insurance being so low compared to the possible incurred medical costs for an emergency (such as getting stung whilst skinny dipping with your bargirl girlfriend and ending up in the emergency room- yes that did happen to one of the staff at The Red Light Guide!) and with cheap policies starting from less than a dollar/pound/euro per day it will give you the peace of mind you need for your travels.
9. Ensure you have an onward flight ticket
Flying into a country where you will need a visa (either a pre-arranged visa at an embassy or a visa on arrival)? then in most cases you will need to show and onward ticket from that destination, this is often asked for at check in and will cause problems if you are unable to provide such a ticket to prove your intention to leave the country. In many countries airlines have become the new immigration check points and check in will become a hassle if you are unable to fulfil all the criteria asked by the airline. There are some ways to be able to get around this should you have the need or desire to be fully flexible with your travel itinerary. The best way is to book a flight on the cheapest possible route with the cheapest airline possible (such as a low cost carrier) often costing $20-$30 dollars which you have no intention of using. If travelling in Asia look out for the super cheap promotional ticket offers which can often be very cheap to purchase meaning you can fulfil all your entry criteria cheaply. If however you have an onward journey via a boat or bus then this may cause additional questions at check in however this method of transport would be no issue for purposes of checking in or passing immigration.
There are multiple different types of Visa’s for each country and vary from applicants nationality. As a general rule you will always need to show access to funds (whether in cash or via a bank account), accommodation address and onward ticket however some countries may request additional details. For those who are able to receive a visa upon arrival but may wish to stay longer than the original term it is a good idea to read the government websites to understand the extension process and what (if any) additional requirements are needed to apply.
11. Frequent flyer cards
Airline frequent flyer membership cards can be a great way to build up points which can later be used for discounted/free flights or hotels. Membership programmes are usually free to join and on the most basic level there are limited perks however with just a few flights you maybe able to access lounges, additional baggage allowances, priority boarding and more. Whats more with certain membership programmes items such as mileage maybe transferred for use on another airline or for hotel bookings.
12. Use an airport lounge and get free alcohol and food.
For those who wish to buy some food or alcohol in the airport it can often be a sobering experience when you see the prices which are often much higher than the various hostess bars you maybe visiting whilst on your vacation. One great tip for ensuring your time at the airport is not an expensive one maybe to purchase a lounge pass which will give you typically 3 hours of access to the airline lounge, a relaxing seat and free food and drink including alcohol. You will find these lounges at most of the airports you will be flying through, companies such as LoungePass.com have a great selection of over 200 lounges worldwide and locations at all the major international airports. The access will ensure you don’t break your budget if you have some hours to kill whilst waiting for your flight and these places are a much more relaxed and comfortable environment that in the departure gate of your flight. Lounge entry starts typically from $20 and up for a 3 hour stay.
13. Know your rights in the event of cancellation / delay
Delays and cancellations often cause much anxiety and stress when travelling therefore before you fly you should always investigate what your rights are in the event your flight is cancelled or delayed. The rules regarding this are often very complicated and vary based upon country, airline and where you purchased your ticket so its always best to check in advance to ensure you have a good understanding of your consumer rights. For those who have originated their flight from the European Union then various laws governing flight delay and cancellation are in effect and compensation levels are based upon length of route and total hours delayed. Compensair is a service that helps to get up to EUR 600 compensation for disrupted flight (delay, cancellation or overbooking). It works under EU and Turkish legislation.
It takes less than 2 min to check flight, calculate potential compensation and submit the application. Compensair will take care of all the paperwork and will prepare all the necessary documents, submit the claim with the airline and take care of all the further communication with the airline to settle a case. They charge a success fee of 25% only if the client gets paid by the airline. No payments up-front are required.
14. Know your duty free limits
When travelling you should always be away of duty free limited on alcohol and tobacco when entering a new country. In some countries the are restricted (less than 200) or no allowance on cigarettes and very low allowance on alcohol. Entering countries with quantities higher than this can now lead to big fines, items being removed and destroyed or heavy importation duty and tax being charged at the boarder. Before you travel ensure that you are aware of what you are able to take into the country you are visiting and the allowances you are able to bring back to you home country.
15. Changing money at the airport
Depending on your airport yo are flying from or travelling via then you will see both good and bad levels of exchange rates for foreign currency. As a rule take a combination of local cash, US Dollars and a selection of credit and debit cards with you. This will ensure if you loose some then you have other sources of money whilst on your travels. Research the exchange rates locally and generally change up some money before you travel. Another good idea is to find a commission free money card which you will be able to transfer money from your main bank account to which will mean you will receive a good rate when withdrawing from ATM machines in the countries you are visiting.