While I’ve still got our summer travels on my mind; life settles into our usual kids and school day routine.
You’ll enjoy the travel article below by Jaymie Williams which resonates deeply with my way of thinking – travel is not limited to those with an affluent lifestyle; it is a choice for all of us. And as you often hear me say, travel enhances all the senses…for kids and grown-ups alike.
On to Jaymie and her handy travel tips.
How to Travel Luxuriously for Less
Many people think that traveling is a luxury and a hobby limited to those living an affluent lifestyle. And while lots of people are willing to sacrifice convenience to see more of the world, sometimes we can’t help but wonder what it’s like to explore those faraway, exotic destinations and spoil yourself at one of those beautiful resorts you often see in travel magazines.
Something that you might not be aware of is the fact that it’s possible to be that luxe traveller without paying the insanely high costs that it often implies. If you love the comforts of full service flights and hotels, here are a few tips that every cost conscious traveller needs to know.
1) Travel during low season
The cardinal rule of budget travel is to avoid peak season. As an example of the amount you could save, SmarterTravel.com executive editor Anne Banas says that New England’s shoulder season is just after Labor Day, when prices drop between 20 to 50 percent, so imagine the savings you’d have during low season. Also, peak and off seasons vary from country to country, so hypothetically, you could be traveling throughout the year without paying those extravagant peak season fees.
2) Earn travel points through your credit card
With all the potential hidden charges of inexpensive flights as outlined by Parking4Less, you’re probably better off using miles to pay for a ticket from a reliable carrier, although it might take a while for you to earn any free flights or upgrades through airline mileage programs if you don’t fly frequently. Instead, sign up for travel credit cards. Try to use your credit card for all daily expenses to rack up those points (which also can be used to book hotel stays), and pay your bills on time to maintain a good credit score.
3) Book your stay at a boutique hotel or service apartment
Generally, boutique hotels will have almost the same amenities of 5-star accommodations for just a fraction of the cost. However, if you’re traveling with a group, Vivi Trip explains that vacation rentals might be the more suitable choice as you will be able to divide the cost of the stay. And the best part of villa rentals is having access to private pools, spectacular views, and others for much less than regular rates.
Meet the Author: Jaymie Williams
Having done the whole backpacking experience when she was in university, Jaymie is now all about spoiling herself on vacations without emptying her savings. When she’s not dreaming and planning her next big adventure, Jaymie loves to read and watch indie films.