You Don’t Always Need A Ton Of Money: Affordable Ways To Take That Luxury Trip

June 8, 2015  |  

Close your eyes right now and picture yourself on what you consider an amazing vacation. Where are you? What are you doing? Now come back to reality as you now must work hard to enjoy such an excursion.

I never really understood why some people feel they can’t experience a nice trip. Even if you have limited funds, there are ways to enjoy a vacation within your budget. A small handful of people I know jet-set without a care in the world. Rather than become envious of their financial abilities, I look for ways to make my dollars stretch and finances work in my favor.

You wouldn’t believe how much you can achieve with a little research and dedication.

If you’re serious about taking a nice vacation, one of the first things you should do is research the off-season. I know you probably heard this before, but I can’t stress how important it is. Do you want to take a vacation when you want to go, or when it’s cheaper? Just because summer is a popular time for travel doesn’t mean it will be wallet-friendly. You have to remember most if not all destinations have a peak season where tourism and prices are higher. Figure out your location’s off-season and things will more than likely be affordable.

As much as I hate watching the news (it’s so negative), it’s still important to stay abreast of current events. It’s unfortunate certain countries are dealing with a dwindling economy, but hey, it can offer an ideal time for you to travel. Financially savvy vacationers search for destinations that are now affordable — thanks to a currency losing value. At least you can say your travels will help their economy.

Does anyone else hate paying full retail? Those looking for luxury getaways might want to consider auction sites like Jetsetter or Vacationist. Many of these websites provide deals that allow travelers to save tons of money. Even though some require a membership to access their database, the majority are free and typically ask for your email address.

I’ve said it before and will say it again, flash sales sites offer some pretty good savings when it comes to getaways. Whether you plan to use LivingSocial or Groupon, you just might be able to save on airfare and local transportation. Do keep your eyes peeled for deals and be flexible on your end when it comes to travel dates.

When my husband and I started planning our honeymoon, the idea of a travel package sounded nice, but wasn’t really worth it in the end. The same can be applied to general vacation as all-in-one deals tend to come with premium charges. Some are even notorious for taking you to common tourist spots. Rather than do what’s expected, spend some time surfing the web for reviews and personal blog entries that reveal popular and local favorites. This information will help you create your own travel package that meets your particular needs.

Another “travel trick” I learned is to fly to a cheaper city. Depending on your destination, you just might be able to save on airfare if you fly to a nearby location. Urban travel destinations tend to have multiple airports that don’t all get the same type of traffic. Crunch some numbers and compare the price of taking a taxi or shuttle versus renting a car.

As crazy as this might sound, travelers shouldn’t sleep on house sitting. Not all luxury trips require you to stay in a posh hotel. In fact, you might discover you’ll have more fun at a local home. House sitting might sound a bit unusual but is a popular way to travel and save money. Sure most require an extended stay, but give you the opportunity to live like a local and experience the culture firsthand.

What are some ways you make a luxury trip a reality?

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