Let’s face it, who really enjoys travelling? With the inevitable long queues, uncomfortable seating and worries about missing your flight entirely, most people view travelling as the price they must pay for an enjoyable getaway, especially if you’re on a budget. However, things don’t always have to be this way. Instead of reaching your destination exhausted and frustrated from the journey (and subsequently losing days of the vacation catching up on sleep), why not start the luxury experience the moment you leave your house?
The good news is, travelling in style doesn’t have to break the bank. Below are some of the best ways to get that VIP travel experience on a budget.
Think Further than the Plane
When you think of travelling, flying is often the first thing that comes to mind. Especially when faced with a long journey, many forget to consider some of the more commonplace travel methods involved. Considering how to get to and from the airport can have a major effect on the overall stress and smoothness of the day. There are a few great ways to make sure the whole journey is as luxurious as possible.
One way to do this, of course, is to book a taxi. However, for some, especially those living in big cities, the price of a taxi might be an unwanted expense. For others, travelling in their own car is a more enjoyable and comforting experience. A major downside to driving to the airport is searching for a place to park.
Overfilled car parks can majorly slow down the day, leaving people rushing across terminals to find their check-in desk. A great way of avoiding all this hassle is to use sites such as ParkOn which allow you to reserve spaces. This is even true at the world’s busiest airports: for example, JFK Parking can be made a breeze.
Stretch Out in Comfort
One of the most glamorous ways of travelling is to go first-class, but for the majority of people the first-class experience is closer to dream than reality. That being said, an economy budget doesn’t mean travelling should be uncomfortable.
One way of enhancing the inflight experience is by scoring a free upgrade. There are many tips out there on the best ways of getting a free first-class seat. Advice ranges from arriving so early you are first to check-in or arriving so late that all economy seats are now taken. Whichever path you choose, if it’s free and you’re adventurous you might as well try it.
If the upgrade scheme leaves too much up to chance another great way of getting a little more luxury into your time in the skies is to go for an extra legroom seat. Most airlines offer extra legroom seats within their economy cabins; the amount of legroom you have does differ from airline to airline, but it can often be about double the length of an economy seat. The prices for extra legroom seats also differ airline to airline and can range from about £20 to £100.
Just because there isn’t a movie star budget to hand, it doesn’t mean that everyone shouldn’t be able to get a little bit more of that VIP lifestyle.