I am reblogging this article from Luxury Travel http://www.aluxurytravelblog.com/ because the advice makes great sense.
Many travelers dream of a luxurious holiday but believe they simply can’t afford it. In fact, there are many easy ways to extend your vacation budget, enabling you to afford more luxury than you might think. Here are some insider tips to get you started.
Be flexible with your travel plans. Consider traveling off-season when your vacation budget will go further. If you enjoy skiing, consider booking a holiday trip to Canada in March. There will still be snow on the slopes but far fewer tourists. Resorts will be offering special incentives to attract your business during the off-season. Likewise, look at tropical getaways and cruise holidays during the summer months. The prices drop substantially, allowing you to upgrade your accommodations or enjoy more entertainment for the same amount of money.
If you can be flexible about which days you travel, you can also save a bundle on your airfare. Check out the Flex Search on Orbitz. Enter in a date span of one month to see which days are cheapest to fly. You might have to leave on a Monday instead of the weekend, but you’ll still be able to request time off from work in advance, and you could save hundreds of dollars doing so!
Auctions are a great way to extend your travel budget. Visit LuxuryLink.com for travel packages around the world at the most luxurious resorts, but at a fraction of the price. Not only will you save up to 65% off the regular price of a holiday at these top-notch resorts, they will also throw in special perks, such as spa packages and meals. Also www.voyage-prive.com
Websites such as eBay also offer many different holiday steals, from airfare to accommodations around the world. You can also bid to win entire packages that include airfare at a substantial discount off the price of going to a travel agency. With auctions you’ll need to be very careful about reading all the small print. Make sure the dates you want to travel are available before you bid.
3. Travel in a Group
A fun way to save money is to travel with several of your friends as a group. Hotels will offer a discount off multiple rooms, or you could consider sharing a house or villa. While the price of a holiday villa may seem outrageous, when you’re travelling with several of your friends the price per person is usually less than if you stayed in a hotel.
4. Condo Rentals
Many travelers are surprised to find out they could have rented a condo for less than the price of a hotel. Check out RedWeek.com to find out what condos are available to rent in the destination you’re dreaming of. RedWeek maintains listings of condos for rent worldwide. You’ll need to check each listing to make sure the dates you want to travel are available. When you rent a condo, you’ll also save money on food costs, because each unit contains a kitchen. You’ll be able to prepare your own meals at home, saving a bundle on what you would have spent in expensive restaurants.
5. Sign up for Mailing Lists
If you’ve got your heart set on a certain hotel, sign up for their newsletter and wait for a sale. You should also sign up with your favorite airline. Many travel websites will notify you of deeply discounted travel specials, such as Travelzoo.com. You’ll be the first to know about a sale in your desired location, but you’ll need to act fast because these specials usually sell out very quickly.
Heather Johnson is a writer for Honeymoon Destinations.