5 Tips To Help You Enjoy Luxury Travel On A Budget
By Kelsey Marie
If you’re like me, you have Prada taste with a Zara budget. Often times, travel can become quite expensive, especially if you want to have a luxe experience. However, it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to travel in luxury without compromising your finances.
The key factor is to determine which expenses you can cut back on and which expenses you must absolutely invest your coins in — like accommodations.
Here are 5 ways to travel in luxury while ballin’ on a budget:
Book In Advance
If you book your flight well in advance, you’re liable to save hundreds of dollars in airfare. Just pick your location in advance and compare prices on apps like Hopper, Kayak, and SkyScanner. You can also set price alerts on these apps to ensure you get a great price!
The less you spend on airfare, the more you can spend on hotels, shopping, sightseeing, and meals.
Be Flexible With Travel Dates
Some locations are super expensive during summer (looking at you, Europe!), so it’s best to travel there during their off-peak season.
Be open to travel dates in order to travel to your dream destination at a price that fits your budget.
With a bit of research and flexibility, you’ll be able to visit the most luxurious of locations for a fraction of the price during peak season.
Use Your Credit Card Perks
Depending on which credit card you have, you can redeem major perks.
For example, if you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card, you’ll acquire three points for every dollar you spend on travel. These points can then be used like cash towards your next trip. Another example is the Delta Reserve American Express card which gets you a first-class two for one flight deal each year.
Just check in with your credit card company on their travel perk offerings and start redeeming!
Book Accommodations According To Type Of Vacation
If you’re traveling to the Caribbean and plan on spending most of your time at the resort, then it’s a good idea to splurge on a luxe hotel. On the contrary, if you’re traveling to a city where you’ll be out sightseeing all day, like Paris, then it’s better to skip the luxe hotel and spend more on dining, shopping, attractions…etc.
Splurging on a luxe hotel is all relative to the type of vacation you’ll be going on.
Take Advantage Of Your Points And Miles
Now is the time to redeem all those points and miles you have saved up that are begging to be used.
You can use points and miles to travel first-class which is a game-changer, especially when traveling to faraway destinations.
You may not be able to travel luxuriously in every aspect of your travels but by choosing your luxe priorities, you’ll definitely be able to live the high life.
Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie