August 3, 2015

When to splash out for luxury.

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Most of the time we’re happy without luxury travel. However there are some scenarios when it’s nice to make that little step up. Here are our ideas for when it makes sense to go lux.

1. When it’s only $20 more.

There are quite a few times when it’s only a small $20-30 to step up from a 1 star tiny room with no pool to a 4 star luxury hotel with a pool and a deluxe bed and view. Cities in Asia are often good candidates for this. The Daily Mail has some other suggestions here for places you can stay in luxury for under 100GBP/night. The Independent recommends Poland as their destination for cheap luxury within Europe.

2. When it’s super hot.

When it’s 30C/90F or more, a pool is a must (unless you’re at a beach location where you can swim in the ocean). In hot cities, you’ll need to cool off once you get back from walking around in the heat. Remember you’re likely to walk a lot more when you’re traveling rather than be getting around by air-conditioned car.

3. Honeymoons and Babymoons.

If you haven’t heard the term, a “babymoon” is when people take a trip while pregnant, usually before a couple’s first child. The assumption is that travel will be harder after baby (maybe not) and that the woman deserves a treat after enduring morningsickness and before going through labor and lots of sleepless nights.

Honeymoons and babymoons are times when you’re generally wanting to focus on each other and have a relaxing hotel break, rather than be trekking around through the jungle.

If you’re going to splash out, make sure you do very thorough research so that you get what you’re paying for. You can easily do this research online yourself rather than working with a travel agent.

4. When someone else is paying.

Conference travel and other types of work travel are a great opportunity to stay in nicer hotels. Since the cost can be expensed, their isn’t a lot of real difference in the cost of a cheap hotel vs. a slightly nicer one.

5. When it’s mid week in a weekend travel destination.

This brings us back to the point of scenarios when you can get luxury for cheap. Some destinations have super high prices at the weekend but 60-70% discounts during the week. Think places like Las Vegas or beach/sun/ski resort locations that fill up on weekends and empty out on weekdays.

6. When you’ve been roughing it.

If you’ve been roughing it, e.g., you’ve been doing a hike or been on a small island with few facilities then you definitely deserve some luxury. It’ll be something to look forward to after enduring discomfort in the name of adventure.

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