Who doesn’t dream of travelling the world? It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. You get to see amazing cultures and have some new experiences you wouldn’t have otherwise.
However, there’s no denying the fact that travelling can be stressful, especially when you’re on a budget. You’ll probably need to make some compromises, but with some proper planning you can also have the odd moment of luxury still.
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Here are some tips and hacks for enjoying a dose of luxury when you’re travelling on a budget.
1. Choose an offbeat destination
If you think that travelling around the world means that you have to visit all the cliché places, then you’re wrong. You can travel to some great places and have great fun. So what, if you can’t go to something as fancy and expensive as Paris, there are places around the world that have some fantastic experiences to offer and they are very cheap at the same time.
If you want to have a trip full of luxury and comfort, choose a destination that is a little offbeat and spend your holidays there lavishly. The best thing about such places is that they are cheap, and you can have a luxury experience that is impossible at some hyped destination when you are on a budget.
2. Travel off-season
Another important trick to save money and have a luxury experience on your trip is to travel off-season. Go to your favourite place out of the popular time.
Luxury becomes easily affordable in the offseason. And, you’ll avoid massive crowds and get to enjoy the place in peace.
3. Choose a low-price country
You can take your trip to the next level if you pick a country where your local currency has more value. You’ll be surprised to know how cheap luxury is in some countries.
4. Management and planning is key
The only way to travel on a budget is to plan your whole trip effectively.
From the time of year, to the accommodation, to car hire and the transport you use – you can save a lot of money if you do your research. Also, do it in advance so you can bag the best deals of them all.
5. Find as many deals as possible
Tourist destinations offer deals all year-round, so you need to be ‘on it’ to make the most of them.
Top tip: research on a local level. If you’re looking for deals at restaurants and hotels, you are not going to find them in your general Google search. Go to the social media pages of the hotels and restaurants and see what they have to offer all around the year.
Instagram is your best bet – companies will normally announce their offers on their Stories.
6. Pre-book everything
Many places offer massive discounts on the pre-bookings. Once you’ve decided your destination, it’s time to pre-book everything from your taxi from the airport to the ride you’ll take back home. It’s really important because not only will it save you from the troubles of doing everything on the spot but it can save you a lot of money.
Pre booking can also help you budget for your trip. You know what you’ve spent before you go and you won’t get caught up on spur of the moment decisions, or wasting time while you’re travelling comparing the best deals.
7. Get the best room in a budget hotel
Naturally, you go for a cheap or low budget hotel when you’re travelling on a budget, but with a little bit of research, you can find a luxury room for a good price.
All you have to do is get the best room a budget hotel has to offer. It might still not be super luxurious and fancy but it’ll be enough to give you that luxury feel on a budget.