The Best Time to Purchase Flights for Your 2019 Vacation

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Planning a vacation can be tricky, not least because the prices of flights change constantly. Everyone has a different rule of thumb as to how far in advance to buy tickets, but it's definitely not a science. If you're hoping to get away sometime in 2019, though, the experts at Kayak have your back.

Kayak's 2019 Travel Hacker Guide is an online cheat sheet designed to help you figure out where to go in the upcoming year based on price, location, and the type of vacation you're interested in. Its most useful feature is the "When to Fly" section, which surfaces the best domestic and international travel deals organized by month. In January, for instance, there's still time to head to Osaka, Japan or Tampa, Florida, both of which have great discounts on flights right now. If you're still saving up your vacation days, May is a better time to head to Hawaii or Reykjavik. If you can wait until September, Cozumel, Mexico is the place to go on a discount flight.

When it comes to buying flights, how far ahead you want to book might depend on the region you're flying to. According to Kayak, if you're flying from the U.S. to somewhere else in North America or to the Caribbean, you should book a month in advance, while U.S. residents flying to Europe, the Middle East, or Asia should book six months out. Flights from the U.S. to Central America should ideally be booked three months before takeoff, while flights to the South Pacific should be booked four months ahead of time. Flights to Africa should be booked five months beforehand.

Expedia has previously recommended booking flights a minimum of 21 days in advance, and ideally booking the trip on a Sunday. Skyscanner, meanwhile, has reported that flights for the upcoming year tend to be cheapest within the first two weeks of January, so get planning. And if you end up regretting your purchase, be sure to check out our guide to getting your money back when switching flights.

Check out the rest of Kayak's travel-planning guide here.

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

Wayfair/Weber
Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
Brisbane/Wayfair

- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
Dyna-Glo/Wayfair

- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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This Outdoor Lantern Will Keep Mosquitoes Away—No Bug Spray Necessary

Thermacell, Amazon
Thermacell, Amazon

With summer comes outdoor activities, and with those activities come mosquito bites. If you're one of the unlucky people who seem to attract the insects, you may be tempted to lock yourself inside for the rest of the season. But you don't have to choose between comfort and having a cocktail on the porch, because this lamp from Thermacell ($25) keeps outdoor spaces mosquito-free without the mess of bug spray.

The device looks like an ordinary lantern you would display on a patio, but it works like bug repellent. When it's turned on, a fuel cartridge in the center provides the heat needed to activate a repellent mat on top of the lamp. Once activated, the repellent in the mat creates a 15-by-15-foot bubble of protection that repels any mosquitos nearby, making it a great option for camping trips, days by the pool, and backyard barbecues.

Mosquito repellent lantern.

Unlike some other mosquito repellents, this lantern is clean, safe, and scent-free. It also provides light like a real lamp, so you can keep pests away without ruining your backyard's ambience.

The Thermacell mosquito repellent lantern is now available on Amazon. If you've already suffered your first mosquito bites of the summer, here's some insight into why that itch can be so excruciating.

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