We’re always looking to travel on a budget without compromising comfort and luxury. There are countless ways to take a budget-friendly vacation, but when you factor luxury into the equation, it can become a bit trickier. Here are some tips that can help you travel like a baller on a budget.
Swap Popular for Emerging
Cities already established as popular tourists destinations have higher hotel rates as well as pricier restaurants and attractions. Skips these locations and head to the lesser known and off-the-beaten path locations. Emerging destinations will try to attract visitors by offering lower hotel rates, making it possible for you to stay in a five-star hotel at a two-star price.
Travel in the Off-Season
To get the best deals, consider traveling during a destination’s slow season. Because there are often fewer crowds during a low season, destinations can be considerably less expensive as many hotels slash their rates. Lower demand for a destination also means airfares simultaneously drop. You can wind up having a luxury vacation for a relatively low bottom line.
Rent an Apartment
Instead of staying in a hotel, rent a villa or an apartment through services likes Airbnb or HomeAway. You can have that luxury feel to a vacation for nearly half the price. When booking an apartment or villa, make sure that it’s in a good location and not too far from the city center. One trick is to pull up a map of all the hotels—namely four and five star properties—and see where they’re predominantly clustered. Book your rental nearby that area or in that neighborhood.
Avoid Holidays and Events
Ever try booking a hotel in Munich during Oktoberfest? Hotel prices can be nearly five times the normal rate with similar patterns in airfares. Major conferences in town can also cause prices to skyrocket. When you start planning a vacation, check the local tourism board’s website for any upcoming events. Also, consider celebrating holidays in a country where that holiday is not observed. For example, when the United States is celebrating the 4th of July, head to Canada or Mexico.
Pick Up Your Rental Car Early
If you plan to rent a car, there’s one trick most travelers don’t know. Free upgrades for early birds! Customers don’t typically return their cars until later in the day, therefore there are less compact cars available first thing in the morning. The rental agency is obligated to give you what they have available. You could pay for a VW Golf and drive off with an Audi.