One of the best things about travel is being able to decide what you do and when you do it, especially if you travel alone or as a couple. As long as it suits your budget, you can make almost anything work.
This year, I’ve planned a big trip to Las Vegas and New York and it’s a luxury trip staying in top hotels in the centre of these famous cities. From my experience of planning this trip of a lifetime, here’s my easy guide to planning a luxury holiday, whatever your budget:
Planning and researching
When planning and researching, have a budget in mind and for each aspect of your trip – accommodation, transport – set aside enough money to make it extra special and luxurious. If you’ve got time to save before you head off, you can also work out how much you need to keep aside each month so you don’t have to worry when all the payments leave your account.
Booking early is also recommended; I’ve seen the price of the hotels I’ve booked skyrocket as my trip nears, and you’ll nearly always get a better price booking in advance than last minute. So, make sure you give yourself enough time to get a good deal and definitely shop around.
Picking your destination
For a luxurious trip, chances are you want to go somewhere absolutely stunning and somewhere you’ve not visited before. This doesn’t have to be long-haul from the UK, but it should be far enough to get away from it all and relax. Destinations like Cyprus and Lanzarote have fantastic weather, lots of water sports and fantastic hotels with spas, as well as wonderful scenery where you can do a little soul searching.
Depending on what you have in mind, tailor the holiday to your needs – a luxury break isn’t always a package deal and it can be satisfying to choose each element for yourself, as well as the road less travelled.
Bucket list activities
In Las Vegas, I’m hoping to take a helicopter ride, an activity on my personal bucket list. As it’s quite expensive, it’s an extra special thing to do on holiday that’ll make it even more memorable.
For your own trip, consider what you’ve always wanted to do and work out how you can make this part of your itinerary. If you’re planning a multiple-destination trip, perhaps your bucket list will alter your route or change the length of your stay.
Bucket list activities could include driving a sports car on Route 66, skydiving in Spain, and seeing sloths in Costa Rica. Whatever it is, it’s worthy of luxury as it may be a once in a lifetime experience. Speaking to travel agents and people you know who have already been to your chosen destination is a great way to get inspiration and will give you the inside scope, lesser known tips, and must-see attractions you may not have thought of otherwise.
Where you stay is really important. You want to be in the heart of your destination with easy transport links, a view, and home comforts. Hotels are better than hostels if you’re going all out, but villas could be the best way to make your holiday stand out from all the others.
Villas give you a lot of space and a sense of freedom you can’t always get in a hotel room, and they’re renowned for offering extra quality service. One of the best countries I’ve visited for luxury is Italy, and it has a whole host of beautiful villas you can stay in. On the Amalfi coast, Sorrento in a brilliant getaway where you can peer across the water to Mount Vesuvius and the remains of Pompeii, freshly brewed espresso in hand.
A top tip here to save money if you’re working to a tight budget is booking off-season where you’re likely to get a better price or even free upgrades. This happened to me in Rome and you never forget that feeling of getting even more than you bargained for.
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I hope my own advice and examples of some luxury trip ideas has helped inspire you as you plan your luxury holiday! Any questions, get in touch.