Stay Luxurious And Stay Thrifty




Living a life you envisage is not always easy but it's something we must always strive to achieve. Travelling is one of life's biggest pleasures, it broadens your mind and horizons, gives you inspiration, and creates scores of memories that you can treasure throughout your entire life. Whenever I am travelling, either for work or pleasure, I like to find luxury places to stay that either feel like home, or better. We should not ever settle for substandard, in any shape or form, although it's
also a fact that luxury comes with a large pricetag. I have complied a little list of how you can achieve a luxury lifestyle even when you're living on a budget. It may take a little more preparation, and a little bit of sacrifice, but in the longrun, you should be able to enjoy the more finer things in life. I have to be honest, sometimes planning a trip, no matter how short, or how long can be a full time job. I'm constantly scouring the airlines and set up so many notifications and rechecking comparison sites, to see if the price has altered. It takes a little bit of dedication but if you're as passionate about travel and living a more luxe lifestyle, then a little bit of dedication goes a long way.

Flights & Luxury Travel 

When you're looking for flights, you can come up against problem after problem. If you're flexible with dates, then you're definitely onto a winner. Here are some of my top tips to get good prices on your fayres.

  • Switch and change up your flight companies - sometimes flight companies will have really good deals on one way flights, but the flight home can be extortianate. Expel this by looking at one way flights home on another airline. If this isn't a big issue for you then you can even fly out from one airport on one airline and fly home on another airline, to another airport. It is often a good way to find cheaper flights. 
  • Don't spend too much time looking for flights - as we know flight prices zoom up if you're on the page for a long time, and browsing the same page frequently. Delete cookies, and spend less time browsing. 
  • Book in advance if you can - budget airlines are always going to be your best friend; but try and book in advance as often flights nearer the time can sky rocket, sometimes they go down in price, but more often than not, the further in advance, the better deals you get, and of course off season, August is the most expensive month of the year for flights. 
  • If you have booked a long haul ticket; it's always worth asking at check in desk if there would be any chance of an upgrade. Sometimes it can be automatic, but a little hustling never hurt anyone. 


Trains

Trains can be a great way of getting around, although they are usually heavily overpriced; and flights can often be cheaper. 
  • Play around on National Rail - If you take a little sneak peak on National Rail, there are usually a choice few tickets from your city to another that you can grab for as little as £3 but they are non-flexible. For example, there are routes from Leeds to York and Leeds to Manchester for £3 one way. Play around and opt for the bigger cities as they are usually the ones with the good deals. More remote destinations tend not to have many hot deals. 
  • Return tickets are not always cheaper - If you're not too fussy with the method of transport, then sometimes taking a one way train ticket and coming back by coach is the cheapest option. A lot of coach fayres start from as little as £5 to and from major towns. Mix and match your travel and keep within budget.

Hotels - Staying And Visiting 

When you're looking at hotels, comparison sites can be a good place to start. They are like search engines for hotel rooms, and I have found Trivago pretty reliable in most areas. If you like a taste of the elegant lifestyle, then you don't always have to stay at a hotel
  • Hotels ARE open to the public - I know so many people who often get very intimidated at the thought of walking into a hotel if you're not a resident. It's a fact that many hotels often have incredible bars and restaurants inside and the general public are always welcome. It is a hobby of mine, to find amazing local hotels on Sunday afternoons and sit and have a little coffee whilst enjoying the surroundings. It's a much more elegant way to drink your pot of coffee. 
  • Book last minute - hotels are more renowned for giving away cheaper rooms if it is last minute; but for every blogger out there who has a passion for hotels, just like me, then dropping them an email to let them know that you are all booked in but you're a blogger could mean an upgrade, or perhaps a free meal. 
  • Judge hotels by their travellers ranking not their own - If you look on Trip Advisor, you will notice many of the top hotels of the city may not be a 5 star and some of the so-called 5 star hotels of the city are much lower down the list. It's because a 3 or even 4 star hotel is not necessarily lacking in class or elegance. It may just the fact that it is lacking a posh restaurant or a full spa with pool facilities. These are all things to consider.
  • Look at renting a villa - you can often get good deals if you're wanting to do a full week without any hassle, any people and just pure comfort. Clickstay offer villas all over the world that are incredibly lush. Click below to see what they have to offer.



It's never an easy task to navigate the luxury market on a budget, and being a blogger definitely does help with this as opportunities are much more frequent than of a person who is not a blogger. Little tips to keep luxurious include, saving less money be frittering it away on many nights out; save the money up and instead go for one or two cocktails at a plush bar, preferably on a night where they have cocktail deals, as many do! Scour the sales and pick up a staple blazer and a good pair of classic heels; these are two classic pieces that you can grab on a budget that make you feel elegant and incredible!


Never feel you are not worthy of trying and hustling for a little bit of luxury. Enjoy yourself and always keep your eyes peeled for airline deals!

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