YOLO is an acronym for “you only live once”; this frequently repeated aphorism is usually associated with a person performing a particularly dangerous stunt or a just a generally bad life decision. A much better application of the phrase would be found in traveling the world and becoming more aware of the opportunities that abound to those who will seize it. The best application can be found in traveling in a luxurious fashion while living within a budget.
While flying, there are times when a direct flight is not available, and a six or more hour layover is a real possibility. For many, the reality of being packed in a space surrounded by strangers making a lot of noise. Frankly, the experience is really not one that makes the prospect of flying any easier. A great way of feeling like royalty is getting a guest pass to the airport lounge or purchasing an annual Priority Pass membership if you travel often. A guest pass is $27 at the time of this posting and it typically comes with many complimentary add-ons including access to showers, free hot and cold beverages and secure Wi-Fi.
Veer off the Beaten Path
Choosing to stay at a private villa versus an overpriced hotel can totally change a person’s travel experience. Depending on the location, there are some Airbnb homes that are cheaper than a hotel or just the same price as a hotel but in either case staying in an upscale neighborhood with great amenities and even greater views will make the price well worth it. Another alternative is to bypass buildings altogether. Get a rental RV, load up on the RV supplies and tour the open road.
There are no Third Wheels
Many organizations will make accommodations for larger groups often in the form of discounts or reduced fees for each person over a certain number. If possible travel in larger numbers and use that as leverage to negotiate upgrades, complimentary services or reduced fees based on size alone.
Try Alternate Locations
There are some locations that are iconic based in its long history of being a social hot spot. To avoid the hot prices usually seen in these cities, consider visiting the equally developed but often less trafficked and much less popular location for the next trip. For example look to Durban instead if Johannesburg, Bordeaux instead of Paris, Yokohama instead of Tokyo, and Abu Dhabi instead of Dubai.
Travel in the Off or Shoulder Season
Economics 101 teaches that the more a good becomes in demand, the higher the price it can and will fetch due to its popularity. The same is true for travel and traveling during the busy season. During winter and spring break, for example, most locations will see a spike in visitors and by extension prices. Traveling during the summer and fall will see much lower prices coupled with the usually great weather.
Companies award loyalty especially over the long-term. If luxury travel is the aim, sign up for a rewards program and use this to discount well-needed vacations.
For your next street art walking tour of London, keep in mind these tips to enjoy the most of the trip.