I mentioned before that I have a problem – I often feel like the grass is greener on the other side.
Even though I’m not a “nomadic lifestyle” person, I’m prone to a case of itchy feet. Contrary to my expectations, London hasn’t tamed me. By that I mean: this city, huge and diverse as it is, doesn’t quite fulfil my desire to travel. Most days, it doesn’t even feel like I live abroad.
I always want to know:
Where to next?
Unfortunately (though quite fortunately in this economy), I work to pay for my travels and that means abiding by the rules of employment, one of which includes remaining in the place my company lives. So I take vacations. Luckily for me, I have two weeks booked off of work in October. One of the best parts about living in Europe is also one of the most annoying: there are so many places to choose from!
I still don’t know where I’m going to go yet, so when GeniusFlight got in touch with me to review their new travel search app, it seemed like pretty good timing!
The unique selling point here is that you can search based on price (i.e. your budget) rather than a specific destination, so it’s great when you’re looking for a little destination inspiration. So far this year I’ve been to Budapest, Madrid, Barcelona, Prague, as well as some cities in the UK.
It’s been a busy travel year for me so far and I certainly want to keep up the trend. I also have a weekend planned in Paris in early October because I’d like to go to Nuit Blanche – an all-night art festival I love in Toronto.
I set the dates to search for all of October – I can travel a couple days on either side of the beginning and end of my holiday. I put the budget to €300 because I probably won’t be doing a long haul flight for a two week vacation.
The least expensive flight it came up with was €45 for a flight to Germany. On the more expensive end was Lebanon at €294. I was hoping that it would surprise me with a €300 flight to the Dominican Republic or something, but not today! Since there were just too many options, I decided to narrow down the dates to 14 days mid-month when my holiday is.
I selected Morocco – it’s actually at the top of my list but I’m too nervous to go in case it doesn’t live up to my expectations. I mentioned in this article that I also want enough time to do it justice. The least expensive flight was to Marrakech at €225. Once you select the city you want to fly into, GeniusFlight brings up a Skyscanner list of comparisons so you can choose the flight times, airline and other details for yourself.
It then takes you to the flight operator’s website to book there.
At first glance, I thought it was an interesting idea – perfect for taking people out of their comfort zones and getting them to explore new places. I love inspiring people to travel and it’s in that spirit that I continue to build this blog.
After playing around with the app for a little bit, I didn’t really find it that much more useful than going to Skyscanner and choosing ‘Anywhere’ as your destination, which lists the least expensive flight to over 200 destinations.
It also doesn’t give you any way to narrow things down – for example, the momondo Trip Finder app allows you to choose a branded ‘mood’ (e.g. Social, Fancy, Cultural, Local, Romantic, etc.), interests (e.g. Shopping, Cities, Nightlife, Beaches, etc.), and the kind of weather you would like. momondo’s app gives you more personalised suggestions than Skyscanner or GeniusFlight.
Overall, I would recommend trying it out when you’re just starting to plan a holiday – you may not find out you could fly to…Malta for €195 otherwise!
Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary flight voucher in exchange for an honest review.
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