Chances are, you’ve seen enough pictures and videos on social media of people having awe-inspiring trips. They may be sipping away on champagne overlooking the Italian beaches, riding up on cable cars overlooking impeccable mountains, or staying in hotels that must cost a couple thousand for one night.
People want to have these grand experiences, but grand experiences usually most an arm and a leg, right? Even the perfect trip traveling with a romantic partner can be a little too expensive. Keeping you home instead of enjoying a much-needed vacation.
While it’s true you can travel to some of the best places in the world on a shoestring budget, these sort of tight budgets usually mean that you’re going to be physically uncomfortable, crammed into tight spaces, eating sandwiches or some other cheap eats, or maybe just flat out not getting the type of experiences that you hope to have. So what exactly can be done?
Well, believe it or not, you have indeed had a luxurious stay on a budget. Maybe not on a shoestring budget, but you can save a considerable amount of money and still feel like a million bucks. Here’s how you can achieve just that!
Do extensive research
You can’t just expect to do little-to-no research and get exactly what you’re after. No, those who have these grand lavish trips on a tight budget know exactly what to do, they do a lot of research to ensure if this is something they can do or not. So this will start with you. Conducting research will help you out in narrowing down where exactly you can stay and what can be done.
This can include where you’ll go, what you want to do such as some awesome Grand Canyon activities, where to sleep, and where to eat. All of this needs to be calculated for your trip. Even the time you plan to go needs to be calculated for your trip. Research is going to be your best friend when it comes to indulging in the finer things in life while traveling.
Traveling off-season can save you a lot of money. Sure, while you may not get to see the beautiful lemon trees of Italy, the lavender fields of France, the fall foliage of Vermont, and the snowcapped mountains of the Rockies, you can still have a great time. Certain views and certain experiences are around all seasons. Traveling off-season means you get to save money, plus, it’s going to be less crowded.
Lower demand means that there will be lower costs. This includes transportation, experiences, hotels, excursions, and so much more. So why not compare prices for a destination you want. Look at the off-season versus peak season, you’re bound to see a huge difference.
Try and be flexible where you’re going
It’s not great to think about, but some places will be significantly more expensive than other places in the world. A large city like New York City is always going to be more expensive compared to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere.
Any tourist-centric place is going to be on the pricier side compared to areas that are not known for being touristy. But, the bright side of this means if there are luxurious experiences or luxury accommodations in not-so-known areas, it does mean you can get a lot of bang for your buck.
But there will be some locations or some regions that will just be significantly more expensive in general. Let’s say you want to have the ultimate European trip, and you want to stay in classy hotels. Well, in western Europe you can count on spending a whole bunch of money to get something like that.
However, in Eastern Europe, you’ll be able to stretch your money much further and get a lot more for a lot less. So just be open about where to go. You can still have a grand experience, and it is completely unforgettable all while saving some major money.
Look into alternative methods for transportation
This one is related directly to using a train, but even some coaches are getting the reputation of becoming quite luxurious while staying affordable at the same time. Train travel is one of the more old fashion ways to get to point A to point B.
You’d be surprised how luxurious a train can feel, especially if you’re willing to spend a bit extra on first-class or business class. While you shouldn’t have the expectation of riding the Orient Express, you can score pretty nice discounts and get luxuries such as food, drinks, freebies, and plenty of other nice things too.