The Secret of Stopovers: How to Visit More Countries at Cheap Cost?

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I want to ask you if any of you know that you can add a stopover to well-known city into your flight itinerary, whether or not it is a round trip, one way trip, or round the world trip, for a small cost?

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If you had no idea, then let me explain about the amazing concept of stopovers but I will explain a little about layovers first.

Suppose you want to fly to an international destination and purchase a round-trip flight ticket through any airline or booking site. Often it will cost you around $700-$1,000.

That’s expensive, right? In your flight itinerary, you would have to stop somewhere en route to the final destination. That usually means you have a layover of an hour or so, sometimes half a day, or even overnight. 

A layover is a destination where you change flights before going to your final destination. It is usually automatically offered through airlines’ websites OR booking sites that book tickets from different airlines into one flight itinerary.

Unfortunately, most travelers accept their layover(s) by unknowingly staying in the airport and waiting for the next flight to their final destination. Ain’t gonna lie here, I have been one of them.

Why don’t I just go straight to the final destination without a layover? I’m sure you feel that having a layover can be a waste of time because you more likely can’t get out to explore due to insufficient time.

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Now, imagine this with me—what if you had a layover at Dubai? Don’t you want to check out these amazing skyscrapers? How about a few days in Tokyo en route to India? Don’t you want to take a ski day in Austria? Take a rest at beach somewhere warm and sunny?

The point is… What if you’re stopping by a city that you would totally love to explore? What if you passed a place you’ve always wanted to visit? I mean if you going to stop by a popular city and you can’t get out of the airport because you don’t have the time. I bet that kind of makes you feel like your money is a little bit wasted that way because you could have checked that country off your bucket list.

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For me, Sometimes I get lucky and get a full day in my layover, so I get out of the airport and explore the city, but with some stress with time. I will have to make sure I return in time for my next flight.

Sometimes I don’t and that makes me feel like I’m restricted from exploring the best and most of the world. I do not want that, so I researched and discovered more about stopovers

A stopover is a “layover” where you request additional time to stay in the destination of your layover for to explore before flying to the final destination.

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While you research for you flight, I am sure you will find few ticket with similar fares, but they all are from different airlines. How do you decide your flight? Sometimes, you would just buy the cheapest one, even if it is just by few dollars. Sometimes you would just pick the shortest time of travel.

Most of the time all different flight itineraries offer layovers in different destinations other than the origin and final destinations. Therefore, you should look into the destinations of the layovers to decide your flight because who knows it could be a city you’d want to explore before going to your final destination.

That’s one of factors that helps my decisions regarding my travel destinations. When I decide that, I would contact the airline to extend my time in the layover as a stopover.

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With many flight itineraries, you can request the airline(s) you booked your ticket with to let you have a stopover in a certain city for a couple days with little charge to your budget (you can sometimes get it for free!).

Well, most airlines will offer stopovers if you purchased a round-trip rather than one-way. You can always try with one-way though it can be a bit harder to get.

The important part is that you contact the airline and find out what they have to offer. Sometimes it can be $20, $30, or even free! It depends on your situation and request.

I mean… What’s the matter with staying at that destination for extra few days if have the opportunity and time, I mean that is your golden opportunity to check out an extra destination for what it’s worth!

Bottom line: you should always take a look into your stopover options- giving you the opportunity to see more countries for less out of your pocket!

How to find cheap stopover flights?

  1. Go directly through the airline sites
  2. Fill out your destination and date.
  3. Review the list of flight (layovers)
  4. Discover the itinerary that comes with a certain city you want to visit.
  5. Make a call to the airline you plan to purchase. (Making a call is necessary)
  6. Let customer service know that you would like to have a stopover for a couple of days.
  7. You’re done.

Some few examples here:

Iceland on a stopover:

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Iceland Air offers all customers the option of stopping over in their country at no extra charge! Now you can have a free stopover in Iceland to explore all amazing cultural food, activities, landscapes, and more.

Dubai on a stopover:

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When flying with Emirates Airlines from many places in Europe, Asia, or Australia (from the United States), you are more likely to have a stopover in Dubai. Because of this, Emirates Airline offers stopover packages and often encourages customers to visit the city for a day or two.

Istanbul on a stopover:

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When flying with Turkish Airlines, they offer several free tours of Istanbul, even if you only have a few hours to stopover. Turkish Airlines usually offer flights through Istanbul from the United states to Africa, Asia, Australia, and amongst others.

Now you all know my secret going to many countries at small cost. Honestly, I wish I took advantage of the stopovers for any of my trips back then. I think I  would have been to over 100 countries if I had known that back then… Well.. maybe that’s a little exaggerated—you decide.

Well, it’s a big, beautiful, exciting, and fascinating world out there. Grab the most of it through stopovers!

To see the ASL version of this post, please go to our Facebook video post.

2016-12-20T10:54:30+00:00 By |Travel Tips|7 Comments

About the Author:

Hey buddy! I go by Calvin and I'm a Deaf traveler. I love exploring the world to discover and share amazing stories, useful tips, stunning photographs, jaw-dropping videos and many more with you all! I aim to empower and inspire the Deaf people that they can do anything they want through my travels.

7 Comments

  1. William Lawrence 31 May, 2015 at 8:51 PM - Reply

    My questions, if you going to travel to many designations around the world, do you require to have special passport to go to different countries? or you must purchase visas for each countries? thanks, William

  2. Martin Dayan 31 May, 2015 at 11:03 PM - Reply

    Hello,

    I answer to William Lawrence. It will be helpful for U.S citizens who would like to know which country requires VISA or not.

    I suggest you going to this trustful website, as it is the offical page of the U.S Government : http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html , then enter your country you wish to go and it will tell you the information you need to know by reading below ” Tourist Visa Required”.

    Try the different countries like Canada, United Kingdom, India : you will see the exact informations with the lenght of days to stay without VISA requirements.

    PS : I am not American or English citizen, so excuse of my English. I hope my answer is helpful to you.

    • Calvin Young 2 June, 2015 at 9:27 AM - Reply

      Thank you for answering his question quickly. Appreciate it, my friend.

  3. William 1 June, 2015 at 4:24 PM - Reply

    Korean Airlines should be included in the list. If we use fly.com, kayak.com, or the airline website, we should use the Multi-city option.

    Few months ago, I flew Emirates to Cairo with Dubai as one-night stopover. From the Emirates website, I clicked the “Book a flight” button and then the “Advanced search” link. That would save us a call to the airline.

  4. William 1 June, 2015 at 4:28 PM - Reply

    We should discuss the concept of open-jaw tickets, too. Assuming that we use Korean Airlines, we could fly from New York City to Singapore with a stopover in Seoul and then fly from Bangkok to Washington Dulles with another stopover in Seoul.

    • Calvin Young 2 June, 2015 at 9:26 AM - Reply

      Chuckling. I have finished writing an article about open-jaw tickets. I haven’t gotten to do the VLOG yet. I’m planning to publish it soon. Thanks for suggesting me to share this secret tip.

      Yes that’s one of many examples I could add to the article. You’re saying that Korean Airlines fully support the stopover concept for Seoul or Busan (Pusan)? Extra charge or free?

  5. Feb 6 April, 2017 at 9:06 PM - Reply

    HI Calvin! I love your post. I just discovered it! I do hear, but learned basic sign language from my deaf friends in the Philippines. Right now, I don’t have any deaf friends to practice with.

    Anyway, I want to to know more about JAW flights.

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