Luxurious details can make any trip feel chic and, somehow, even more relaxing. The cost of first-class flights and five-star accommodations can add up. To fit luxury travel within your budget, upgrade pieces of your vacation, rather than fill the entire trip with upscale elements.
Start (and end) your trip in luxury by upgrading your seats to first class. This feels especially nice on long flights; you’ll welcome the ability to stretch your legs and recline backward. Access to an airport lounge also adds a touch of glamour to a trip. You’ll likely enjoy snacks, drinks, WiFi and uncrowded power outlets. Some airlines or airports allow you to purchase a day pass for lounge access. Check beforehand to see if the available amenities are worth the splurge.
Once you arrive in your destination, transportation may be part of your daily expenses. Opt for a high-end rental vehicle, rather than your usual sedan. You could also budget for cabs or ridesharing, rather than public transportation.
Luxury accommodations offer lots of amenities and on-site perks that add glamour to your vacation. Choosing a destination where your dollar goes further, especially during their off-season, puts luxury hotels within reach for budget-conscious travelers.
Working with a travel agent gives you access to their knowledge of the value a hotel, inn or resort offers. You can also feel like you’re traveling in luxury by upgrading your room, opting for an adults-only resort or something as simple as ordering room service.
A travel agent will be able to suggest activities and attractions that seem luxurious, but are really reasonably priced.
- Take yourself out on the town for a fancy meal and a show.
- Spend the day in a private cabana with butler service on the beach.
- Take a guided tour of your destination.