Luxury Travel for Less 101



If you ask random people in the streets what they would like to do for the rest of their life if they didn’t have to worry about money, at least half of them would say that they would like to travel the world. And the truth is, we all love to travel. We also love pampering ourselves, but we don’t have a pile of cash in our bedroom waiting to be used for the most luxurious trips. Don’t pout, as there are tips and tricks for you to actually go on the luxury trip that you’ve always wanted. Even though it does require a bit of planning ahead and doing a lot of research, it’s not impossible.


1. Mind when you’re buying the ticket

The first thing that you need to save on is the plane ticket, and the prices for certain destinations can be pretty high. The first idea would be to check several low-cost companies and book a plane ticket with them, as nobody will care that you’re going on a luxurious trip with a low-cost plane company. However, if this is out of the question and you want to book a ticket for a regular plane, be careful when you’re booking your ticket. According to a FareCompare study, the best time to book your ticket is on a Tuesday at 3.00 pm EST. The study also says that you should avoid booking your tickets on Saturdays and Sundays, as everything is a bit more expensive for the weekend. Finally, don’t book your flights for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. You can always find a ticket for a Monday or a Tuesday.


2. Mind when you’re booking the tours

Another advantage that you can use is the fact that many tours have cheaper fares at the very beginning or the end of the season. If you want to go to a summer resort, for example, the cheapest way to go there is to book it for September or October (if that’s the end of their season). Bear in mind that if you book something in season, you will pay a lot, and the same arrangements at the beginning or end of the season can be up to twice as cheap.


3. Think of the expenses

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It’s not only the plane tickets and the accommodation that you have to worry about. There are also expenses that you haven’t thought of, such as food or the actual getting around the city. If you want your own car at a certain destination or you’re planning to go on a road trip in Australia, the best idea would be to choose cheap car hire services, as it’s proven to save you some bucks. On the other hand, you can also save a lot of money going around your destination by bus or on foot rather than grabbing a taxi. You can save a lot of money that you could spend on a nice, luxurious dinner.


4. Book accommodation over the phone

We do everything on the internet, from shopping to booking our hotels. As this is becoming more and more popular, many hotels save their best prices for the customers who book hotels over the phone. This means that the next time you’ll be booking your accommodation, try to phone the hotel – the price can only be cheaper than the one you found online. The worst case scenario – the price will be the same. Hotels usually make a bigger profit when you book directly with them as they don’t have to pay the fee to different websites, so they tend to encourage customers to book either over the phone or through e-mail.


5. Room with no view

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The things that are always the most expensive at a luxurious resort are the rooms with a view. Since this can save you a lot of money, you can skip the room with a view and opt for a regular room. First of all, you won’t be spending that much time in your room, so think about whether the view is actually worth so much. It’s definitely nice to wake up to a magnificent view, but there are so many magnificent sights any destination has to offer, so focus on those and book a regular room instead.


It doesn’t matter that you’re not a millionaire; you can still enjoy a luxurious travel at least once in your lifetime. Take these tips into account and you will see that the trip will cost you only half as much.


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Claire Hastings
Claire Hastings is a design student, wanderer, and a writer. She writes as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat.
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