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14 Ways to Travel Luxury for Less

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.

 

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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 shoe string budget. Here are 14 ways you can travel luxury for less.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Travel on the off-season

During the peak season, everything from flight, hotel 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. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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!

 

  1. 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. Which 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!

 

  1. Use travel reward cards

Travel reward cards give you points for every purchase you make. These points can help you redeem towards 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

 

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  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Check out deals sites

Always browse through deals site 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

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An Asian Adventure

Asia is vast, Asia is amazing, and Asia is one of the best holidays you will ever have, hands down. If you haven’t thought about planning an Asian adventure before, then you need to change your mind asap. If you were looking for a part of the world with some truly magical destinations, and most which are full to the brim with Asian culture, then a trip of there is what you need to plan. There’s so many different parts you could visit, and some are more popular than others when it comes to attracting tourists. But the lesser popular ones should always be considered, as they can often offer the most. To outline to you some of the best parts of Asia to visit, we’ve devised an article showing you only the best. Have a read on to find out more.

 

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Java

Java is one of the best Asian islands to visit. It is one of the many Indonesian that people love to visit each year, and for a good reason. There’s just so much to do there, and so many different parts of it to explore. One of the coolest is Yogyakarta. It’s a city located within Java that is best known for its history and culture. There’s plenty of places to stay as well, such as the Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel that will offer you a great service and a central location. Whilst in Yogyakarta, we highly recommend you visiting one of the many temples, such as the Prambanan Hindu temple. It’s a sacred place, and a huge temple that really will leave you in awe when you stand before it. The Taman Sari is also one of the most popular locations. It’s a historic bathing complex with the bluest of waters that people love to explore.

 

Japan

To go from such a small island such as Java, to talking about somewhere so big such as Japan is a huge leap. But if you’re looking for something a bit more manic and hustle and bustle, then Japan is the place for you. Tokyo is particular is a part we recommend you visit. It’s filled with different things to do, such as the Tokyo Sky tree which will offer you some of the best views that you’ll be able to find. Be warned though, it shoots right up into the air, and if you hate heights, then this really isn’t for you. If you like to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, the Sesnso-Ji is the perfect option for you. It’s the historic temple of the Goddess of Mercy. There are so many ancient artifacts to explore within! If you want to see something cool, you should definitely take a trip to Hiroshima. You should hopefully know what happened there, but if you don’t, it was one of the two sites where the US military dropped a nuclear bomb, killing thousands of people within minutes.

 

Those are just two parts of Japan that we really think you should be visiting. There are so many more different islands and countries that we really think you would enjoy. Start planning your adventure and see what you discover!

 

Have you visited any Asian country?

 

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6 Travel Tips for Frequent Travellers

When it comes to travelling, there are so many tips out there that are enough to keep you overwhelmed. Even if you had the opportunity to travel regularly, there are some things that you tend to leave out. This has happened to me on several occasions. However, as I kept travelling I started to get the hang of it.

 

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In my travels I discovered quite a number of travel tips that have proved to be helpful. And I know they will be useful to you, especially if you’re a frequent traveller. Here are 6 handy travel tips to guide you in your journey.

 

  1. Have an electronic copy of your travel documents

This nifty trick can save you from a lot of trouble. You can never predict what could happen on your trip. Your travel documents might get misplaced or you might forget the documents at home.

Have a PDF format of all your travel documents like your travel itinerary, boarding passes and even a scanned copy of the face page of your passport. You can store all the documents in a flashdrive or on the cloud like on iCloud, Dropbox or Google Drive.

 

  1. Pack some food along with you before you travel

Airlines are decreasing their supply of food. Maybe it’s because they try to cut costs to have more pocket friendly air fares. Sometimes before the air hostess comes to the middle of the aisle the food is almost done.

If you’re a vegetarian or you eat only kosher meals, it may be a bit of a challenge to get that on the airplane. Aside from that sometimes airplane food doesn’t particularly taste the best.

What I do before my travels is to pack something with me just in case I get peckish or the food is not too good. At least I wouldn’t get hungry on the way.

 

  1. Have a packing list

Have you ever had that nagging feeling that you forgot to pack something? It can cause a lot of tension especially when you’re just about to enter the aeroplane and you’re still not sure if you packed everything you need.

To clear all doubts, write a list of things you need to pack for your trip. Make sure you write your packing list at least 2 days before packing. This will give you enough time to figure out if you need to write anything else on your list. It will also prevent you from packing in a rush too.

Let your packing list be the last thing you keep in your bag so as to give you a chance to double-check everything before leaving the house and when you’re travelling back home.

 

  1. Pack a spare outfit in your carry-on bag

When you’re travelling you need to be prepared for any eventuality. One of the common mishaps is your luggage going missing. If your luggage is missing your clothes go along with it too.  Although the airport authorities are able to bring your luggage back it may take some time before that happens. So pack a change of clothes in your carry-on bag just in case something happens to your luggage.

 

  1. Read about the place you’re travelling to

When you’re going somewhere new, it’s best to arm yourself with as much information as you can about the place you’re traveling to. Research on the customs and cultures of the locals in the area as well as nice places to visit when you arrive.

 

  1. Be polite

Having good manners goes a long way when you’re travelling. That’s why I saved the best for last. You’re going to meet a lot of new people when you travel so it is always good to be kind, tolerant and polite to them. You could make some friends along the way.

 

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