Who says you need to save every penny you earn and vow to eat Ramen noodles for the next twelve months to be able afford a luxury vacation? Of course, it couldn’t hurt to plan ahead and start saving a little every month to put towards your vacation costs, but there are also a few things you can do to cut the cost of a vacation splurge overall.
Instead of taking it for granted that a luxury vacation is going to cost you an arm and a leg and then go about assiduously saving to meet that big number, you can find some ways to get your luxury vacation for less. Take a look at these four ideas:
1. Use a Travel Aggregator Site:
Travel aggregator sites don’t provide direct booking services, but they act as referral sites for lots of other hotel sites, airline sites and even some online travel agencies. Their powerful databases cross-check the prices quoted on other sites that match your query and then list the results for you to compare all in a matter of moments. These sites, such as Kayak and Fare Compare are great for checking if the deal you are being shown is really a deal at all.
2. Find a Package Deal:
Package deals can be deceptive. There are lots of great deals available online for luxury vacations with great amenities but it can also be tempting to pay for things you are not likely to use. The best way to assess if a package is a great deal for you is to make a list of the things that would make your vacation luxurious and special.
Then have a look at the packages that are available and choose the one that most closely meets your needs. It may actually save you more money to choose a smaller package with the option to upgrade if you find it necessary than to lock yourself into a deal that comes inclusive of a bunch of things that you don’t really need or want.
3. Take Part in a Vacation Auction:
Specialist sites such as frugalmonkey.com and skyauction.com offer travel planners the option of bidding on a vacation of their choice while LuxuryLink.com is a popular auction site offering luxurious hotel accommodations and even tours at destinations around the world that are all on auction.
Remember that these sites are not geared towards finding the best budget hotels but really giving a great price for high-end accommodations and amenities. If you want to have a pampered vacation but you want to pay less for the privilege you can try an auction site. One tip for dealing with an auction site though is to check the actual prices of similar vacations on other sites so you can come up with a cap for your bid, otherwise you could end up paying more than your vacation is worth.
4. Surf Hotel Sale Sites:
If you want to stay in the know about deals on luxury hotels from around the world, you can join sites like Five Star Alliance and Great Hotels of the World. These sites send you emails so you know when rooms are discounted and can jump on the opportunities when they pop-up.
Living the frugal life is admirable and attainable, but sometimes it’s nice to allow yourself a little bit of luxury. This is especially true when you are celebrating a special milestone, like a birthday or anniversary. Getting that luxury while you travel can make the moments that you are on vacation all the more special and make you much more rejuvenated for when it’s time to get back to reality.