Splurge vs Save-Invest Wisely In Travel

It’s easy to get carried away when planning your vacation, from luxurious resorts and five-star restaurants to once-in-a-lifetime tours in places you’ve only dreamed of. If you’ve ever wondered where you should splurge and where you should save, this is for you. Invest wisely in travel when planning your next big adventure.

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Upgrading to Business / First Class

Maybe you’ve always wanted to be on the other side of the curtain aboard your plane, and you think now is your chance. While it is tempting, paying thousands more for a business class seat can drastically eat into your overall travel budget. An option that straddles the line between splurging and saving (although leans heavily towards a splurge) is checking last minute at the gate if there are any seats available in business class at the time of departure. If there are empty seats, some airlines will sell them off for less than what they sell them for online – although it can still end up being a hefty sum. Instead of stretching your budget to reserve business class, consider asking your travel advisor to book you bulkhead seats with extra legroom, or in the premium economy section.

Verdict: Save

Direct Flights

Unless you enjoy layovers and transfers and sitting on tarmacs for any length of time, splurge for the direct flights. A splurge can almost always be seen as worth it if it significantly reduces your hassle while traveling, or if it gives you back your time.

Verdict: Splurge

Travel Insurance

Since COVID19, we’ve all heard horror stories of non-refundable trips gone wrong. Never before has travel insurance been so important, with rules and regulations changing rapidly from country to country.

Verdict: Splurge

High-End (read: overpriced) Souvenirs

It can be tempting to want to pick up beautiful ceramics, local pieces of art, or even tasty treats from your favorite destinations. But think again. The run-of-the-mill tourist shops that feature these goods get them in bulk from a fraction of what they’re selling them to you for, without any real story behind them. Visit a local market for artisan-made goods, and snag local delicacies at-where else? The local grocery store! While the treats won’t be as delicately packaged, they’ll be extra authentic, after all – they’re what the locals eat!

Verdict: Save

Hotel

This is a tough one to call, and ultimately really comes down to your travel style. For some, a vacation includes 1,000 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and prompt room service, while others simply want a place to rest their head after a day of explorations and adventure. Ultimately what matters most is location, location, location. Wherever you choose, make sure it’s accessible to attractions you’d like to visit and activities you’d like to partake in.

Verdict: It’s a Tie

Bucket-List Experiences

I’m talking about the stuff travel dreams are made of. A hot air balloon ride at sunset in Cappadocia, a private driver on the Amalfi Coast, and a private safari experience in Kenya. Whatever is on your dream list, if your budget can allow it – definitely make it happen. Life is short, you’ll never regret a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.

Verdict: Splurge.

Whether you’re splurging or saving, I’d love to help make your travel dreams come true, and help you invest wisely in travel! Get in touch with me here.

Packing Tips To Make Travel Easier

Airline travel can be a royal pain these days; here are some packing tips to make travel easier. These tips can also help you avoid checked bag fees by just taking a carry on bag if you are going on a trip of less than 5 days.Find the right suitcase. Purchase a carry-on that will fit the bill as your only piece of luggage. Make sure it is designated as a carry-on and meets airline standards to fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.

Have a packing plan. Think about the activities you will do each day and pack accordingly. Check on current weather conditions and what is recommended, or that you need to bring for the activities you have booked. Less is more. Most of us over pack (me included), so limit yourself. A good rule of thumb is to lay out all of the clothes you want to bring, and remove 2 items.

Roll your clothes. This takes up less space in your suitcase. Consider your footwear. Wear the bulkiest shoes when you travel to save precious space in your suitcase. Pack wrinkle-free clothes to save you precious time and the hassle of having to iron on your vacation. Who wants to iron on a trip? I certainly don’t. packing tips to make travel eaiser Don’t forget to pack your must have electronics and all the charging cords you will need. Know your airline luggage rules regarding checked bag fees and carry-on items. Many airlines are selling fares that do not allow access to the overhead bins; know upfront what you are paying for. I hope my packing tips to make travel easier will help you on your future adventures.

 

Planning Travel During Hurricane Season

Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 through November 30. The most active months historically are September and October. Planning for travel during hurricane season takes work, but it is possible if you know the islands that are most affected, and you are open to considering alternate destinations.

travel during hurricane season

Islands off the coast of South America are considered to be outside of the hurricane danger zone. These are the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago. I can’t predict the weather, but these are good options if you are planning to travel from mid-August through October.

travel during hurricane season

The Hawaiian islands are also prone to experiencing hurricanes the same time of the year. Not as frequent as the Caribbean, but can be highly likely. No one can predict the weather, and Mother Nature goes by her own rules.

If you are planning a special getaway during hurricane season, the services of a travel advisor are priceless. How can a travel advisor help during a major storm event?

I receive updates from my travel suppliers and destination tourist boards that the general public does not receive. If you book online, you are taking a big risk which was pointed out in a post on the Elliott Forum.

Planning travel during hurricane season and the ability to help my client’s is what a professional travel specialist does. I will be your advocate, and someone you can turn to in case of an emergency.

Popular months for honeymoon trips are September, October and November; two of these months have the most potential for an active named hurricane. If you have your heart set on a specific destination, let’s chat.