How to Experience Luxury Travel on a Budget

The planning stage of a holiday is a huge part of the fun and excitement. Choosing where to go, when to go, what to do and imagining all the wonderful sights is almost as good as the real thing. The tricky part comes when we have to make all our dreams match the realism of our budget. Sometimes we can’t achieve the fantasy, and we need to scale back our plans, but often luxury travel is available for a much lower price tag than you might think.

All-inclusive holiday resorts can be a great way to keep costs under control, but there are ways to be a little more adventurous without having to worry about breaking the bank. With enough planning and research, you can find special deals on hotels, easily get cheap flights online and turn a budget trip into a luxurious once-in-a-lifetime experience. To help you get started, here are some factors you need to consider when planning your holiday this year.

Consider the conversion rate

 
When you choose your destination consider the currency conversion rate. Do your research and try choosing a country in which you’ll get more value from your own currency.
 
It’s also worth looking for destinations where there are lots of free attractions such as natural landscapes and museums to visit. You don’t always need to pay for tours if you are willing to use the local public transport.
 

Miss out the tourist traps

 
Almost without exception, there are tourist traps in every country of the world. These are the places where tourists naturally flock to and, as a result, hotels, restaurants, tour guides, and activity companies that are in high demand can inflate prices to increase profits. To avoid the tourist traps take the time to explore a little further afield.
 
Travel blogs are a great research tool. If you can find some lesser known gems, you’re far more likely to find a great deal. It’s also a good idea to stay in a smaller town with public transport to the key areas of interest than a glamorous city to avoid paying a premium.
 

Book with hotels directly

 
For the sake of convenience, most of us now turn to online hotel comparison sites to find the cheapest deal on a hotel room. While you may find cheaper deals online, it’s always worth contacting the hotel directly to see if they can better the offer on the 3rd party website. They may even be able to offer extra perks or no-fee cancellation options.
 

Be flexible with your dates

 
You may not realise just how much money you can save by changing your travel dates. Sometimes we can’t choose when to take our holiday because of work or family commitments, but when we can be flexible we can make significant savings. It really is cheaper to travel out of season or even at the very start or end of the season.
 
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