For some people having the words “travel” and “luxury” in one sentence can be a bit of a stretch. It’s not because it’s not possible. But most times, when you look at your budget it looks impossible to dream of having both travel and luxury at the same time. I love travelling and I like to go for as much luxury as my bank balance would let me. You won’t catch me willingly going camping or glamping. I like the whole luxury hotel/travel destination.
Waking up in a place like the french riviera mansions would be a dream come true.
This dream may seem far-fetched but it is possible. When there is a will, there is a way! There are specific tips that you can apply that will give you the opportunity to enjoy an awesome and luxurious vacation even on a shoestring budget. Here are 14 ways you can travel luxury for less.
- Opt for a vacation rental
For those who have never heard of vacation rental service, it is the renting out of a furnished apartment, house, or professionally managed resort-condominium complex on a temporary basis to tourists as an alternative to a hotel. This service is now very popular with tourists, especially in the US. It offers you the opportunity to enjoy luxury accommodation at a cheaper price, which is what every tourist needs.
- Try non-tourist locations
Areas flooded with tourists are expensive. We visited New York in April, and it was one of the most expensive trips ever. And we only stayed for 2 nights! If you can help it, avoiding popular holiday destinations is the best way to travel. Non-tourist spots give you the full experience of the place where you intend to spend your vacation. Since such locations are far away from the view of tourists, you get to save a lot from the trip too.
- Travel in the off-season
During the peak season, everything from flights, hotels, and even food increase in price, while they go down during the off-season. Traveling during the off-peak season if you can is your best bet to enjoy your vacation for less. That way, you can stay at luxurious venues like Amanyara Resort in Turks and Caicos without having to compromise on other indulgences during your trip. The kiddies are still in pre-school so we still have the chance to go on holiday in the off-peak season without a care in the world.
- Take advantage of last-minute deals
Airlines, travel agents, and some third-party websites usually have amazing deals that give you the opportunity to have a luxurious vacation. But take note: most of these deals require that you travel at short notice. If you are flexible enough to do this, I would say grab any opportunity you get. Travel is like food to the soul.
- Ask for an upgrade
This may sound cheeky, but if you want an upgrade, just ask. It’s surprising what you can get when you ask nicely. Did you know that if there’s a free seat in business class, you can have it if you ask? Just ask for a free upgrade – but make sure you look the part to double your chances of getting a YES!
- Have a vacation where your currency is worth more
This nifty trick can give you the opportunity to afford luxury options in your travel. When you travel to countries where your currency is worth more, their luxury options will cost you far less. This is why I LOVE travelling to Dubai. I have been to the amazing country 3 times now and I am already counting down to my next trip!
- Use travel reward cards
Travel reward cards give you points for every purchase you make. These points can help you redeem the cost of some of your luxury expenses. This can help you save a lot on your trip, so make the most of the opportunity.
- Travel in a group
The costs of traveling by yourself can be more expensive compared to traveling with a group. When you travel with a group, the travel costs are spread and it is a lot more fun when you travel with family/friends.
- Fly on Tuesdays
Tuesdays happen to be days with low demand. Consequently, airfares are cheaper. If you book your flights to and from your destination, you’ll save a lot of money. Travelling on Tuesday is the smart way to travel.
- Eat out at lunchtime
Now, this is a tried and tested tip. Having lunch at an expensive restaurant is so much cheaper than eating dinner at the same restaurant. Lunch menus are usually a lot cheaper. So if you want to eat out and save some money, make sure it’s during lunchtime.
- Plan your flights
There’s a rule of thumb you have to keep in mind when you are planning your flights. Long-haul flights must be for longer trips, while short-haul flights must be for shorter trips. Short haul flights are cheaper and they come along with points too.
- Check out deals sites
Always browse through the deals sites before booking a trip. It makes sense to provide discounts on activities that will make your vacation even more special. You can enjoy discounts for meals at restaurants and even spa treatments.
- Enjoy a drink at the bar
If you want to have a drink and unwind, then skip the bar at the hotel. Bars at hotels are usually expensive, but you can enjoy a good drink at bars in the locality at a far cheaper price.
14. Plan your trip in advance
My last and most important tip is for you to plan your trip well in advance. That way you have the time to do your research and plan your whole itinerary.
Fantastic ideas, never heard about the flying on Tuesday point, i shall keep that in mind. Thanks xx
Please do 😊
I love these tips! we always use to fly on a Wednesday when we went to Cyprus because of the same reason as the Tuesday one!
Oh great. Thanks for reading.
Traveling off season and getting rentals are key! I think that having a drink at the bar is a given for any good vacation.
I agree. Thanks Komal.
travel to means living like the locals an not always expensive
Ah nice. I like the luxury bit.
I will definitely be looking for Tuesday flights from now on! Excellent advice. Also I am fortunate to be able to be flexible about grabbing a last-minute deal. It doesn’t always happen but when it does it makes your trip that much more fun with change to spare.
Glad you like the tips Deborah 😊
Great list of ideas. I have heard before if you dress up and ask for an upgrade provided you are on your own you are even more likely to get an upgrade. I’m always with the kids so i doubt they’d do it although I suppose it’s worth trying.
Definitely no harm in trying when you are travelling alone.
What great tips!! x
I agree with all these tips. There’s so much that you can do to help save money when planning a trip. It’s good to plan in advance as well, so you can grab deals especially for tickets and accommodation.
This is a really helpful post, I like all the information you provided, especially the tip about using travel reward cards thats a great idea.
these are some great suggestions, especially the one to fly on tuesdays 🙂 i usually travel in groups, uses the deals and reward cards 🙂
Oh great Nina.
Waking up in the French Riviera will be a dream for me too! Your tips are easily to follow for anyone looking for luxury travel without spending all savings!
It would be an amazing dream!
i always travel off season and mid weeks , it makes a great difference in price and sometimes i get free upgrades
Oh good Denni.
These are some pretty amazing tips! I love living in the lap of luxury, on a budget of course. The hubby and I are getting to the stage of our lives where we want to travel more and this will help out immensely!🌞
I also want to travel some more this year and next.
This is such a great list! We always book ours on Tuesday as well because for some reason people really don’t travel at that time. It’s either a work day or not!
Great list and advice, Stella. We do a lot of what you’ve listed. As a homeschooling family, we never travel in season, when everything is more expensive and busy.
That is the beauty of homeschooling. You can travel anytime. Thanks for reading.
These are such a great tips! I especially love the suggestion of flying out on Tuesday. I’ll have to give that and some others a try!
Please do. Thanks Kim.
These are absolutely great for me! I always look for discount as I want to spend less because I never have enough money to Luxury lifestyle..
Good to shop around for bargains.
Fantastic ideas, thanks for sharing.
Thanks for reading.
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