While taking a long cross-country road trip or backpacking your way through Europe may have been fun when you were young, there comes a time in your life when you just can’t handle it anymore. For most people, this usually happens at a point in their lives when they can actually afford to take that dream luxury vacation.
If that sounds like you, then you’ll love our tips on how to take your first luxury vacation. We spoke to a number of luxe travel experts to help you travel comfortably and in style.
Consider the Season
While most people will advise you to travel during the off-peak season, it’s actually better to do the opposite so you can enjoy the perks of traveling during peak.
For example, visiting St. Barts in July means that you’ll only be there with a few other travelers. Whereas, going there during the winter months means you’ll be stuck schlepping it with throngs of other sun-chasing travelers.
There’s no better time like the present to visit South American destinations like Machu Picchu as governments in these areas are close to implementing visitation limits to protect from overtourism.
Make Your Intentions Clear
If you’re going to splurge on a vacation, it’s worth taking some time to think about what you want to experience during the vacation.
Consider your goals so you have a clear indication of what your itinerary should be like. For instance, if you want to unwind and relax then it’s probably a good idea to book a holiday somewhere in the countryside or by the beach. But, if it’s adventure and excitement you’re after then a bustling city like New York or Hong Kong or even a skiing holiday will do.
Get clear on your budget, the amount of time you want to spend at the destination and your goals for the trip. Knowing these goals beforehand will make your travel agent’s job that much easier.
Go On a Safari
Safaris are a firm favorite among first-time luxe travelers. It’s a great way to splurge on cash knowing that you’re getting more bang for your buck than with any other destination.
For the best results, try combining your safari holiday with a beach destination for a more seasoned experience. Or stop by the Appalachian mountains for a hike for a combination of adventure, relaxation and awe-inspiring beauty.
Think Like a Financial Adviser
Another important consideration to make when traveling the world is the currency exchange rate of the place you’re traveling to. For instance, the U.K. is way less expensive than it used to be for American travelers thanks to the strength of the dollar against the British pound.
According to TouristSecrets.com, Turkey is another attractive luxury destination for travelers thanks to the lira value drop.
As a savvy traveler, you should also plan your long-term bucket list in the same way as your financial 10-year plan. Figure out how much you have available to spend on major trips for the next decade.
Hire a Private Guide
The great thing about a luxury trip is that you have the opportunity to enjoy a customized and private journey. You don’t have to worry about timing your trips according to bus schedules or getting crammed in a train with a bunch of strangers.
A private guide is a nice extra to have because it also means you get an insider’s view into the culture and history of the place you’re visiting, as well as access to all the hidden secret spots that most regular tourists miss out on.