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5 Best Websites for Finding Cheap Flights Without A Specific Destination

Let’s face it; we’ve all had those moments where we just want to get the heck out of dodge. Just say “Screw it!” pack our bags, book the cheapest one-way ticket to the middle of west Podunk nowhere, change our names, and start anew.

Ok, maybe that’s a bit dramatic.

Perhaps you’ve wanted to just book a flight to some random, far away beautiful place, because, why not; but your bank account was more like, “Mmmm…how about you take a stroll to the park instead?” Trust me, I’ve been there, felt that. Given that, I am absolutely one of those people that lets price dictate my travels instead of the destination. I LIVE for a good deal! A $69 flight to the Islands of Vanuatu? Never heard of it, but sign me up!

However, all too often airfare search engines want you to be decisive (which I’m not), and select your destination. Womp womp. If you like a little randomness and you’re balling on a budget, like me, then this is not ideal. So, for all my wanderlusting, budget traveling, kindred spirits out there, this post will tell you all about the best websites for finding cheap flights without a specific destination.

1. Skyscanner

Skyscanner cheap flights

Skyscanner cheap flights without a specific destination

This is ALWAYS my first stop when booking any flight, ever! I don’t want to say that Skyscanner is the end all to be all, but it is pretty darn close! Not only does Skyscanner often have the cheapest prices, but also it shows smaller budget airlines (which many search engines don’t), AND it allows you total flexibility. You don’t have a destination in mind? No problem. No specific dates? Even better. You want to search the cheapest month to fly? They’ve got you covered. To find cheap flights to any city just enter your departure city, and enter or select ‘Everywhere’ in the “To” field. You can choose specific dates, or if you’re completely flexible, search the cheapest months.

Results from Skyscanner search New York to Everywhere in August

Results from Skyscanner search New York to Everywhere in August

Skyscanner’s interactive tool allows you to view your results in calendar format (which I love, because you can see the price of flights for each day), or in a chart format.

Calendar view results from Skyscanner search New York to Everywhere in August

Calendar view results from Skyscanner search New York to Everywhere in August

There is also a free app available that allows you to set alerts for whenever the price changes for your flight.

***Note: Skyscanner is an airfare search engine and NOT the actual booking site. Which means, once you select your flight you will be redirected to the actual booking/airline site. Given this, the prices may vary from your initial search, as airfare prices can fluctuate at any given moment.  

 

2. Wherefor.com 

WHERE you can go FOR what you can spend, is this company’s slogan, hence the name Wherefor. Don’t you just love it? To get started planning your next trip, all you have to do is enter your budget for flight and hotel (don’t worry, you can later opt for flight only if the hotel is not needed), the number of travelers, your dates, and departing city. You can also select more advanced options that allow you to choose your interests and hotel level. Next, click “Search Destinations” and Wherefor will show you all the places you can afford to go based on your budget.

Wherefor search Atlanta to Anywhere

Wherefor search Atlanta to Anywhere

Explore the interactive map, click on a city that sounds appealing to you, and the pop up will show you the price of the flight and the type of hotel accommodation (budget, standard, etc.). Once you’ve found a city that interests you, click “See This Deal”. The next screen allows you to book a hotel and flight combination or you can select to book one or the other. You also have the option to view other hotels and other flights, but note, this may take you over your budget.

Results from Wherefor search Atlanta to Anywhere

Results from Wherefor search Atlanta to Anywhere

I love Wherefor because even when your bank account is making you reassess life (remember that stroll to the park I mentioned earlier?) this site gives you realistic options with the budget you do have. Not only that, they offer a 24-hour refund and a lowest-price guarantee. And the icing on the cake? They also offer 12-month financing, currently at 0% interest. So, if funds are er ummm non-existent tight at the moment, no worries, you can make monthly payments.

 

3. Adioso

Adioso is something kinda wonderful. Although you may not have a clue where you want to go, they’ve generated some amazing Wanderlists that may point you in the right direction. For example, The Greatest Waterslides on Earth, or 7 Marathons Worth Traveling For, and let’s not forget The Best Beach Bars and Clubs. To find a flight, start by entering your departure city. In the Destination Field you can choose from an array of options. You can select Anywhere, Wanderlists, or even see where your friends are traveling to by selecting Friends. Next, select your dates; this can be anywhere from specific to completely flexible. Enter the number of travelers and the click Find Flights.

Adioso.com

What I love about Adioso is how straightforward and convenient everything is. After you select a city that looks appealing to you, the next page gives you a breakdown of different options for cheapest trip, best trip, and fastest trip. Also, you can select different days to view while on the same page. Settings up price alerts are also very easy.

Results from Adioso search Seoul to Anywhere

Results from Adioso search Seoul to Anywhere

 

Alternate days, Best trip, Cheapest price, Fastest trip

Alternate days, Best trip, Cheapest price, Fastest trip

Note: Adioso is not a booking site. You will be redirected to the actual booking/airline site to purchase your tickets.

 

4. Skiplagged

Skiplagged is known for its “Hidden City Ticketing”. Not sure what that is? Basically, you book a flight with a layover as your target destination, and get off at said destination instead of flying the complete route. For example, booking a flight from New York to Miami, with a layover in Atlanta (your target destination). Instead of flying all the way to Miami, you just hop off in Atlanta. Skiplagged shows these hidden city deals. But, there are risks and inconveniences with this method. You can only book one way, or you risk your return flight being cancelled due to various reasons, and you can’t check a bag because it will be transferred to the final destination (Miami, in this scenario). With that being said, book these types of flights at your own risk.

So, why am I listing Skiplagged here? Because they also offer standard flights, without hidden cities. You can still find cheap flights without a specific destination.

How does it work?

Enter your city of origin, leave the destination blank, enter your dates of travel, and then click Search. Below, a grid of cheap flights will appear, ranking the listings by price. Select a city. A list of flights will appear. To make sure you are viewing “Standard” flights only, unclick the “Hidden-City” option in the right side bar. Also, in that sidebar you will find various options to tailor your needs and preferences.

Results from Skiplagged search for New York to Anywhere

Results from Skiplagged search for New York to Anywhere

Skiplagged.com

Select options/preferences in right side bar

Note: Skiplagged is not a booking site. You will be redirected to the actual booking/airline site to purchase your tickets.

 

5. Google Flights, Explore Destination

Google Flights is another great tool for finding cheap flights without a specific destination. Simply plug in your departure city and dates if you have them. If you’re more flexible you can choose a specific month or time frame; for example, 1 week, 2 weeks, or even just a weekend getaway and Google flights will find the best fares for you.

Google Flights search Bangkok to Anywhere

Google Flights search Bangkok to Anywhere

Results from Google Flights search Bangkok to Anywhere

Results from Google Flights search Bangkok to Anywhere

Use the Explore Destinations map to compare prices from city to city, and if you’re feeling really adventurous click the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button and let Google choose your destination for you based on your previous searches and what’s popular.

Google Flights, Explore Destination interactive map

Google Flights, Explore Destination interactive map

***Note: Google Flights is not a booking site. You will be redirected to the actual booking/airline site to purchase your tickets.

 

Honorable Mention

Airfare Watchdog 

Airfarewatchdog.com

Airfarewatchdog.com

I love Airfare Watchdog because they’re usually one of the first ones on the scene for a great flight deal (like the $187 deal I nabbed from New York to Abu Dhabi). However, as noteworthy as they are, I’m only giving them an honorable mention because this site is only for those departing in the U.S. and Canada. Want to find cheap flights? Just enter your city of departure and dates and Airfarewatch Dog generates a list of cheapest cities to fly to. You can also search by Fares from a City and Popular Destinations.

Results from Airfare Watchdog search Atlanta to Anywhere

Results from Airfare Watchdog search Atlanta to Anywhere

So, the next time you feel like skipping town, but don’t know where to go, bookmark and refer back to this list of amazing sites that will help you find cheap flights without a specific destination in mind.

Need more tips? Check out my fellow blogger friend, Lauren from Ciao Chicago, post on How to Fly on a Budget.

Do you have any go-to sites that you use for booking flights without a destination? I’d love to hear from you. In the meantime, I’m working on more articles to help you save money. Sign up to receive my new blog posts by email, so you don’t miss them!

 

Note: There are some affiliate links on this post, which means I will earn a small percentage of the sale if you purchase through them, at no additional cost to you. Thanks in advance for your support!

Colby

  • Nastia

    I guess skyscanner is probably the best of the best. I gave my thousands of great ideas many of which turned to be unforgettable trips. That’s great that you mention it as #1

    April 18, 2016 at 4:16 pm Reply
  • Safari Junkie

    Thats refreshing, at least to me. I usually check momondo and skyscanner, will definitely use other recommendations from the post! Thanks!

    April 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm Reply
  • Kirsty B

    Great round up! Like you, Skyscanner is usually the first site I check and I also like Adioso. Aside from Google, I’ve not heard of the others so will check them out. Although I think they may work best for flights from the US?

    April 18, 2016 at 9:20 pm Reply
  • Christabel

    I’ve only used Skyscanner, Google Flights (but haven’t used their Explore Destinations function yet) and Airfare Watchdog before, so thanks for the other three! Going to look into them for booking my upcoming trip to Singapore in October!

    I love using the Matrix – ITA Software by Google to search for flight routes, and then booking directly from the airline.

    April 18, 2016 at 9:21 pm Reply
  • Eleanna @Damsel Adrift

    Thanks! You’re a lifesaver! I’ve spent the past two weeks trying in vain to find a trip to, well, anywhere, as long as it fit my budget. I don’t even have set dates! And all other ticket finding sites want you to have specific dates, or at the very least, destination. Your post couldn’t come at a better timing 🙂

    April 18, 2016 at 9:23 pm Reply
  • Wendy

    I sometimes get the urge to travel somewhere but don’t know where! Going to use some of these sites to help me figure it out. 🙂

    April 18, 2016 at 10:18 pm Reply
  • Lyssie

    AWESOME!!!!! Love this!

    April 18, 2016 at 10:41 pm Reply
  • Hung Thai

    Love using skiplagged but my favorite has to be airfarewatchdog; if you’re impulsive and can pull the trigger at the moment’s notice, it’s nice 🙂

    April 19, 2016 at 12:40 am Reply
  • Anita

    I mostly use Matrix ITA software and Google flights sometimes. Your list seems interesting and worth trying something different. Especially I like an idea about search without specific destination. Thanks for sharing.

    April 19, 2016 at 7:30 am Reply
  • Amit Sengupta

    I personally prefer Skyscanner but the list is a good compilation.

    April 19, 2016 at 9:37 am Reply
  • Psyche Southwell

    Dang. I’ve never used any of these, and I need to know them. Pinning for sure! #BLMgirls

    April 19, 2016 at 12:44 pm Reply
  • Victoria

    I JUST discovered SkySkanner the other day + it helped me book my first international trip, (I’m going to Bermuda!!!), so I’m excited. I have a few other places I plan to travel to, so I’ll be checking out these other sites as well for my traveling adventures. Thanks for this post!

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    April 19, 2016 at 12:45 pm Reply
  • The Adventure Ahead

    Awesome information here – something I will be bookmarking to come back to in the future 🙂

    April 19, 2016 at 3:36 pm Reply
  • Liz C

    Awesome round up of these sites! I had never heard of some of these until reading your post. I’m definitely saving this post for future use! Thank you so much for sharing.

    April 20, 2016 at 12:23 pm Reply
  • GiGi Eats

    SOOOOO SAVING THIS POST!!!

    May 17, 2016 at 2:12 pm Reply
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    May 30, 2016 at 9:15 am Reply
  • Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net)

    Hi Colby – Great tools. I had never heard of Adioso – love the idea, and the name! Going to play with that some more…and daydream some more… 🙂 Thanks for putting them on our radar!

    June 26, 2016 at 1:35 pm Reply
  • Ama

    I’m going to put this link into my next edit for my eBook, Nepal: A Tourist’s Manual. Nepal isn’t always the cheapest flight, but after you get here it’s safe from crime and a real, genuine experience. The Nepali are really kind and friendly.

    October 2, 2016 at 4:27 am Reply
  • Brianna

    Man, I always hear great things about Skyscanner and I have just never really liked it. Each time I’ve gotten excited about a price, I click on it, and somehow the price is actually higher. I like using Kayak’s Explore or Google flights, generally. Momondo has a search anywhere feature too, but it’s not quite as good at the others.

    February 6, 2017 at 12:00 am Reply

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