Deluxe for Less: How to Plan a Luxurious Vacation on a Budget | Mercury of Illawarra
So you plan a luxury vacation and try to work out all the issues to get the best value before you go. How exciting, there is only one problem, this money is quite limited.
Fear not though, we’re here to help, just because you’re not a multi-billionaire doesn’t mean you should miss out on the high life. In this article, we’ll teach you how to make a few minor changes to your planning period that will ensure you have the glorious and opulent trip you’ve been dreaming of.
So follow us and pack your bags, let’s go.
Go during a low season
Never underestimate the power of the offseason. Not only will hotels and accommodation in general be cheaper, but so will tours, restaurants and activities. So rather than having to sacrifice a beautiful and luxurious stay at your destination of choice, you can have it all.
Low season also makes the vibe of your trip feel more luxurious, there’s less crazy rushing and fewer crazy crowds, you can walk around without the hassle of hordes of people passing you by.
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Set a budget you can stick to
Oddly enough, a budget is one of the most essential elements of a luxury vacation.
While you might be tempted to err on the side of caution and just spend, spend, spend, or maybe just go the “we’ll see how we do” route, this can often lead to overspending at the start of a vacation, leaving you with nothing at the end.
During the planning phase of your getaway figure out a number that you know is actually viable, then it’s simple, all you have to do is fill in the gaps, how much of that budget will go to accommodation, how much will go to food? Will you have an “emergency” fund?
Once all of these questions have been answered, your vacation will feel extra high end, there will be no unnecessary scrambling at the end of the trip, and no high debt to fall back on.
Reserve in advance
Booking anything last minute is a death sentence for your wallet. In the case of accommodation or tourism, they know that tourists are desperate for those last few places and as a result prices go up.
And, even if not, the only options left are often the most expensive, a week’s stay in the penthouse suite, anyone? That’s why you need to get organized much sooner rather than later.
As soon as the idea of a vacation is mentioned, start setting up the logistics. Although it may only seem like a pipe dream, if you have a general idea of where you would like to stay and what you would like to do, it will make things a lot easier if the trip comes to fruition.
Look at places off the beaten path
While Hawaii looks like a dream and London would be beautiful this time of year, why not spend most of your time somewhere a little left of center? It’s so rewarding in so many ways.
First of all, you will be without the hustle and bustle of other tourists everywhere, taking up space among all the main attractions. Not only is this frustrating, but it can be detrimental financially and in terms of time. Tourist attractions will have high prices because they know the demand is there and therefore unsuspecting or desperate travelers are likely to pay anything.
And, even if you somehow manage to avoid the deadly cost, long lines for just about anything you want to see could mean you miss out on seeing something else, and before that you didn’t realize it, your vacation is over and you’ve only seen half of what you wanted.
Choosing to travel somewhere a little less well-known eliminates many of these issues. The high prices are often considerably reduced and therefore you can travel in a slightly more luxurious way, without breaking the bank.
Take cheaper alternatives
When you’re on a budget, sometimes you have to cut a few corners, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to feel like you’ve made it. When it comes to accommodations, many are looking for a lavish trip, and many will try to book the most expensive of hotels to try and satisfy that lavish feeling.
This can go a number of ways, either the hotel is booked, but the remaining budget takes a hit in order to afford this grand cost. Or, the hotel is not booked because it is too expensive and you end up in a lesser space that leaves a lot to be desired.
None of these solutions seem ideal, so why not think left of center and try to stay in rental houses or apartments instead? You can end up living in a much bigger and more comfortable space for a much lower price. Additionally, living in a house or apartment opens up a number of neighborhoods that aren’t available when you limit your horizons to just a hotel.
Enjoy feeling like a local as you leave your chic abode each morning ready for a day of sightseeing.
So, as you can see, it really isn’t that hard to make a few little tweaks that will allow you to live the high life longer. Making a few adjustments to your accommodation and making sure you plan well in advance will be hugely beneficial to how your vacation goes.
Remember that you can still have opulence on a budget, it may take a little more forethought. So, you’ve made it, you’ve heard the ropes, and now you’re ready to go for that luxury getaway you’ve always dreamed of.
Don’t forget the SPF and at least five pairs of underwear, see you on the plane.