There’s something to be said for making a first impression. When you’re visiting a new city for the first time, then you’ll be making that first impression on everyone there. Because of this, you’ll likely want to travel in style and be the talk of the town. That’s not always cheap, however. Just because you can’t travel like a Kardashian doesn’t mean you can’t look lavish on the road, though. Here are some ways that you can travel in style without breaking the bank.
1. Travel During the Slow Season
One of the more lavish ways to travel is by doing so in the air. The best way to get yourself into first class on a budget is to wait during a time when the prices are at their lowest. It might not be the dream vacation to visit a colder city like New York or Chicago during the middle of the winter, but the best seats on the airplane will be much more affordable. This type of thinking will also help you potentially land a suite in a place like Las Vegas.
2. Don’t Be Afraid of Coupons
There seems to be some stigma when it comes to using coupons, but online deals have helped people save a ton of money while going all out on vacation. Look on websites such as Groupon to see what local deals are in town, as they can include some lavish meals. You may also be able to find discounted tickets to sporting events and shows by using promotional codes. If you think of the word “discount” instead of “coupon,” it may help you mentally.
3. Splurge on the Luggage
When it comes to luggage, a lot of people like to go the cheap route because it’s more convenient. Instead of getting the absolute cheapest luggage that you can find, try to shop around online through sites like Amazon to find a good blend of value and style. There are certain things where it’s fine to spend more than the bare minimum. Beds are at the top of the list, but good luggage is also there.
4. Buy Local Clothes
Upon arriving at your vacation destination, you don’t have to have a suitcase full of fancy clothing. Instead, bring one nice outfit that you want to wear on the first day and then shop locally. Not only is it an experience, but you’re likely to save money by shopping at the stores in your vacation city. There will be some instances where it’s harder to find cheaper deals (think luxurious places like Los Angeles or New York).
5. Rent Yourself a House
Let’s say that even during the slow season, all of the more lavish hotel rooms and suites are booked, you can still live the life of a high roller on a budget. Browse through sites like Airbnb and Vrbo to see if there’s anything affordable where you get all the space of a house for the price of a standard hotel room. More people are turning to house rentals these days, and at the price point, there’s a good reason for that.