It sounds a bit anticlimactic to put luxury travel and budget together in the same sentence, right? Well, before you say anything, let me tell you that there are ways to add a bit of luxury in your life as a traveler without spending your budget in one round.
The secret stands in the perspective you have on things and how far you’re willing to go in order to get some sparkle in your life. The tips below won’t get you into five-star hotels or luxurious chalets, but they can make your trip more comfortable without digging deep into your pockets.
Choose Your Destinations Carefully
If you want luxury but don’t want to spend a lot on it, select a destination where your currency buys a lot. For instance, American tourists can get a great bang for their buck in exotic destinations such as Mexico or the Caribbean, while tourists in Australia have a fantastic opportunity for low-cost luxury if they head towards Southeast Asia.
The world is filled with gorgeous locations in areas where tourism is the main force driving the economy, so the offer is diverse and luxury doesn’t cost as much. The secret is to choose destinations that can be reached with shorter flights, to avoid spending all your budget on transportation.
Fly in Style
Did you know you can fly in style without actually paying for the luxury experience? The trick is to follow airlines closely looking for business class flight deals and last-minute offers. Luckily, there are several good sites and apps you can follow for great flight offers (such as Momondo or Skyscanner). This way, you don’t need to waste your time.
Furthermore, there are other options for flying first or business class at lower costs. Airlines offer great opportunities to their frequent flyers and there are plenty of opportunities for a seat upgrade if you know how to identify them.
Besides transport, accommodation is one of the biggest budget-drainers when traveling. Sure, you can find the cheapest hostels, but it helps to treat yourself with a bit more comfort from time to time.
Since luxury hotels are usually expensive and out of any regular traveler’s budget, there are other options to consider. For instance, you could try house sitting or home exchange. In the first scenario, you stay in someone’s house and take care of their plants, pets, and other things, while in the second scenario you swap houses (someone stays in yours while you stay in theirs).
These are amazing options for free accommodation in locations all over the world, but they do come with responsibilities and some degree of uncertainty. So, if you want something more care-free, you may want to consider smaller hotels or even a bed-and-breakfast. They may offer fewer amenities (no pool or bar), but you will meet amazing people and the atmosphere is going to be incredibly cozy and friendly.
Furthermore, smaller hotels and guest houses put more effort into maintaining their rooms and public areas spotless in order to attract better reviews.
Of course, there’s more to traveling in style than just selecting the right destination and accommodation. For instance, it pays to plan ahead and know the type of attractions you want to visit and when.
Still, the secret to any great travel is good planning. As such, you should already know your itinerary for next year in order to start looking for early-booking offers!