There are some rules of travel that we hold cardinal, like always hydrate in flight; make sure to have a scan of your passport saved in an email; always opt for the ATM over currency exchange booths in airports; always buy your plane ticket long in advance to get the best deal.
But then we came upon a nugget of news that gave us pause. As it turns out, the seemingly best prepared travelers who book flights months out might not be snatching the best bargains. According to research performed by Skyscanner, a global travel search engine and very cool app, based on data from over 50 million users, last-minute travel is the default for most. (C'mon--everyone's so busy...what'd ya expect??) And, believe it or not, airlines aren’t punishing us travelers for our inability to plan months in advance. The research was based on travel around major holidays—specifically Thanksgiving, Christmas and new year. Consider this: judging by years past, Thanksgiving week (November 21) will be a prime time for nabbing top deals, with possible savings of 6.41%. Same goes for the week of December 5.