There are always plenty of good reasons to take a vacation. Maybe you just need a break from work, want to recharge your batteries, or spend more time with your loved ones. The problem may be that the thought of spending a few thousand dollars on travel can quickly bring you back down to earth. Everyone wants to go on vacation but not everyone has the budget. The great news is there are many inexpensive things you can do to make your travel experience fit your budget without compromising on the luxurious vacation you want most.
Airports can be quite hectic, so what better way to chill out than in the peace and quiet of an executive lounge while you're waiting? You'll enjoy complimentary snacks, drinks, as well as internet access before boarding your flight. The benefits of lounge access via priority passes are that you will have access to around 700 airports in the world whenever you travel. Low cost executive lounge annual membership plans provide excellent value for money whether you're a frequent flyer or not. Rates start at just $100 for membership.
The days of ample space on airplanes are no longer. In recent years, engineering creativity has allowed the airlines to pack more and more people on a single flight so personal space is now at a minimum. But an economy plus upgrade gives you extra legroom at a rate much lower than first class. For a small fee, you can benefit from more leg room and additional comfort on many flights around the world. Stretch out with more room to relax or work sitting near the front of the cabin. Economy plus upgrades often come with other benefits like priority security and flight boarding access so you can beat the lines and get to your seat first.
Using the right credit card can earn you flight miles or hotel points to use on future vacations. There are plenty of rewards credit cards on the market with airline and hotel co-branded cards being the most lucrative. Many cards come with a large sign up bonus after spending a set amount, which gives you enough credit to redeem a free flight or several nights hotel stay almost for free. You might have to pay the taxes on the flight or room booking, but you'll easily save hundreds of dollars compared to buying them outright.
Why not consider staying at a resort during the off-season? Sure, the weather might not be as good, but you can enjoy fantastic worldwide resorts at low prices with all the same benefits and amenities. Off season can often be the best time of year to travel with plenty of online deals around for flights, hotels, and fantastic properties with great features. You can also benefit from attraction discounts at this time of year since there are fewer people around to drive up the prices.
Lift and Uber taxi services use crowd sourced drivers for hire and are much more cost effective than traditional taxi services. With a reservation system linked to your smartphone, you won't have to wait long for a car assigned especially to you, which will take you wherever you want to go. This type of taxi service is a much cheaper option and is easier than taking public transport. So skip the bus or train to the airport and spend a few extra dollars to travel in style.
What are your best affordable luxury tips while traveling?
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Auston grew up in Phoenix before escaping to Chicago in 2008. After 4 years working as an engineer, he sold his belongings and embarked on a round-the-world trip. After traveling non-stop for a year, he finally settled in Spain with his husband where he now calls home. When he's not traveling or writing guides about events, festivals or the best LGBT destinations, he enjoys the long sunny days and nightlife of Madrid. Read Auston's blog at Two Bad Tourists, or follow him on Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.
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