Embarking on a luxurious getaway that only the rich or the people who won the lottery can afford without spending a fortune may seem like a distant idea, but it’s more doable than you realize. Planning smartly and following some of my exclusive tips allows you to savour high-end travel without draining your wallet.
The term “luxury travel on a budget” might not immediately click, but I like to call it accessible luxury travel. To me, it’s a clever way to explore the world without overspending. Trust me—I’m all about getting the most out of every quid.
In this blog post, I’ll guide you on how to enjoy accessible luxury travel on a budget and ensure your upcoming journey is truly memorable.
1. Travel During the Off-Season
The best time to save money on travel is during the off-season. Avoid the peak season if you prefer affordable luxury vacation deals and premium perks. Airfares are less expensive during this time, and hotels often reduce their rates to attract more customers. This allows you to experience luxury accommodations and all-inclusive vacation packages without spending a fortune. If you intend to enjoy a vacation this month, check these cheap places to travel in January.
2. Travel to Emerging Destinations
While popular destinations like the Seychelles and Maldives are known for their breathtaking scenery and high prices, some seek more meaningful and authentic travel experiences. These off-the-beaten-path destinations offer both profound experiences and significant savings. Countries like Georgia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Uzbekistan, the Cook Islands, and Paraguay are on my radar for affordable yet luxurious travel in 2024. Visiting these places before the crowds arrive ensures lower room rates.
3. Use Points and Rewards Programs
For those who often travel, consider joining loyalty programs to collect points and rewards. Numerous hotels and airlines provide programs giving free stays, flights, upgrades, and extra benefits. Though gathering sufficient points might take a while, the payoff is a luxurious travel experience at a reduced expense. Also, credit card companies frequently offer rewards programs, letting you earn points through purchases that can later be used for travel.
4. Book in Advance
Save a substantial amount of money on luxury travel by making early bookings. Hotels and airlines frequently provide special deals and discounts for those who plan ahead. When you schedule in advance, not only do you get a fantastic deal, but you also have extra funds for other luxurious experiences. Additionally, consider package deals that cover accommodations, transportation, and activities – this could lead to even more savings.
5. Choose your credit card wisely
Smart travellers who enjoy luxury often carry a travel rewards credit card. With airline credit cards, you earn frequent flier points while making purchases, and there are additional bonuses for signing up.
6. Sign up for a cashback site
Some of my friends have reclaimed hundreds of pounds by booking parts of their high-end vacations through a cashback website. The main players in this are Quidco and TopCashback.
Here’s the process: Once you join the site, just use it to access your preferred retail site. Once your purchase is done, you get a cashback reward.
7. Longer stay is more affordable
Contrary to what it may seem, extending your stay can reduce your trip’s overall cost. Staying longer not only maximizes the value of your airfare but also helps you save by opting for weekly or monthly accommodations through platforms like Airbnb, Furnished Finder, or hostels.
Being flexible with your travel dates allows you to benefit from lower fares and rates. Mid-week and mid-day flights and off-peak check-in/check-out days often come with more budget-friendly options.
For those working remotely as digital nomads, carrying a portable office enables affordable luxury travel, making it accessible to all budgets.
8. Keep an Eye Out for Sales by Airlines
Airlines frequently have sales with discounted flight tickets. You’ll be among the first to know about these deals by subscribing to their mailing lists. For instance, British Airways may offer Business Class return trips with one leg in First Class during their sales. Switzerland often has sales with first-class fares cheaper than business-class fares. Qatar Airways stands out with 2-for-1 sales, allowing your companion to travel for free when you buy one Business Class ticket. Recently, Qatar Airways had a sale offering Business Class fares from Europe and the USA to the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Oceania, starting at an incredible £1000 per person. Although that sale has ended, they will have new ones in the future.