A luxury vacation can be expensive, but it can also be an unforgettable experience. In addition, it can truly rejuvenate you, sending you back to your ordinary life far more rested than you’ve ever been before after a vacation. However, you may feel daunted about the planning process, especially if you’re going to spend a lot of money. The tips below can help you with that planning.
Make a Budget
Your first step is to figure out how much money you’ll need for your vacation. While you don’t want to spend the mortgage money on it, you also don’t want to spend the whole time counting your pennies and worrying about just how much you’re spending. If there’s any penny counting to be done, you should do it while you’re still at home.
In fact, figuring out how you can spend less each month and putting the difference away in your vacation fund is an excellent idea. Maybe you could skip any meals out and make your own food instead. If you have student loans, see if you could refinance them with a private lender and have a lower monthly payment each month to free up extra money. However you come up with the money, make sure that you have enough of it that you aren’t worried about spending during your vacation.
Know What You Want
While it might be terminating, don’t just buy into one of the best designed travel destinations according to a Google search. Be sure that you identify what luxury means to you and not someone else’s idea of it. Maybe you don’t care about flying first class or eating in the best restaurants, but you do want luxury accommodations. Consider as well whether you want an all-inclusive trip or if you want to book the different parts yourself. Finally, think about what kind of a vacation you want, whether it’s a stay in a five-star hotel in a major city, a cruise, a week at a luxury eco-retreat or anything else. Make a list of your must- haves and your don’t-care-abouts to help you narrow things down.
Pay Attention to the Details
Beware of a few common pitfalls, especially if you’re not an experienced traveler. One common one is overbooking yourself so that you’re spending a lot of time in airports or train stations. Even if you’re traveling first class, this can start to feel more exhausting than luxurious pretty quickly. Another is failing to do your research. Unfortunately, hotels and other providers may not always represent themselves accurately online. Join some travel groups online and talk to people about their experiences. Even if you normally do all your travel planning yourself, this might be a good time to contact a travel agent to help with your planning.
Get the Right Mindset
It’s important to be in the right frame of mind to really enjoy this vacation you’ve spent so much time and money planning. That means not worrying about cost–you’ve already budgeted for it–and making sure your employer knows that you are off the grid as far as they are concerned. Above all, don’t feel guilty about all the money that you’re spending on yourself. You’re absolutely worth it.