Black Friday is over! What have I learned?

Travelling extensively means always being on the lookout for great travel deals. Most people need to stick to a budget when they are on the road, and it all starts with flights.

I have never, personally, bought anything during Black Friday. Not because I don’t like saving money but it has always seemed like more hassle than it was worth.

This year, however, I decided to take advantage of everything the annual sale could give me. I looked up some potential deals the day before, made a list of stuff I needed and sat myself in front of my laptop on Friday, hoping I would be able to score some great flights and tell you all about it.

I didn’t. Like every year, I bought nothing on Black Friday. Whilst every year before I completely ignored the event, this year I made an effort and yet, it still wasn’t for me.

What’s really interesting is how uninteresting “deals” are, at least when it comes to travel. Most airlines’ idea of a good sale is a couple of pounds off, the “restrictions apply” line is hidden everywhere you’d care to look and it’s also all very stressful, what with having to buy NOW.

I’m pretty good at getting flight deals. I just flew back from Naples, Italy and that cost me 50 euros FOR TWO. However, when I’m looking for flights on Black Friday and see barely noticeable discounts with loads of restrictions and a deadline – which means I need to decide right now – I tend to run in the other direction.

Most of the time, I don’t know where I want to go. I look at what’s on offer and if anything takes my fancy I jump at it. With Black Friday, the pressure to “BUY BUY BUY” and the added stress of the countdown only equals to one thing: me putting my card back in my wallet.

I am sure many people scored some great deals on Black Friday and that’s amazing. SkyScanner had a great guide on its blog, which could have helped me save a few pounds.

All in all, I think the lesson learned is this: I don’t care about money that much. Especially when it’s a few quid versus stress-less choice. I’ll pay for the freedom to properly compare and sleep on any decision any day.

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