Taking a camping trip or backpacking through SouthEast Asia might be fun for some people, but for others thinking about staying in a hostel bunk bed, or out in a tent is not the best idea of a good time.
There is a time and place for every type of trip. Even if you enjoy camping sometimes, other times you might look forward to a more relaxing and luxurious vacation.
Luxury vacations come in many different forms and can be had in many different locations. Generally, luxury is categorized by a four or five-star hotel, that offers you the chance to leave the effort to the staff and focus on relaxation.
With a luxury vacation, you should not need to worry about small details. For example, imagine you arrive at your hotel or resort and realize that you forgot your razor. Instead of worrying and rushing out to purchase a new one, the staff should be able to anticipate your needs and accommodate you with a free replacement.
Although luxury is all about convenience and personalization, this does not always mean that you are being served dinner in a pool surrounded by flower petals. Luxury more means that you feel taken care of and that your needs are met.
Despite how most of us enjoy luxury, let’s face it, luxury costs. If you are interested in getting the most out of your luxury vacation, then there are a few steps you can take to ensure you get the most out of your trip.
Consider your Vacation Goals
Even before booking your luxury vacation, you should write out your goals for the trip. You might ask yourself a few questions in the process:
- Are you interested in visiting this location to relax?
- Would you rather be active on your luxury vacation?
- Do you want to learn how to scuba dive?
- Participate in other water sports?
- Are you looking to visit a beach or the countryside?
- Is food of huge importance to you on your vacation?
- Are you looking to go hiking and explore nature?
- Would you rather explore cities and enjoy new cuisine?
- Looking to ride in stylish cars?
- How long do you plan to be away?
- Will this trip require a tight budget?
- Is there a theme for the trip? (Birthday, promotion, retirement etc.)
For many, the honeymoon is the first experience of luxury, but for others, it might be a career milestone or a large bonus that encourages the trip. By setting goals for the trip you can properly budget, and also ensure that you spend your money on activities you truly want to experience.
It is very important to take into account exchange rates when planning your luxury vacation, which means you need to budget strategically.
For example, if you were to travel to the U.K, you might feel as though you have less money due to the exchange rate being worse for Americans.
On the alternative, if you decide to visit Fiji, you will realize that you can maximize your dollar by how strong it is as compared to the local currency.
Consider the season
Although many people might recommend visiting a luxury destination during the colder season, if you are looking for a luxury vacation, then you will most likely want to go at peak time.
This is because going closer to the peak time will allow you for the best weather, access to all amenities, and a better atmosphere. Despite this, you might also want to consider how you can avoid the most crowds. This might mean picking the very beginning or end of the peak season.
Avoid typical destinations
If you choose a common destination for your luxury trip, you will most likely be spending a lot of your time waiting in lines, for food, or in a crowd with many other people.
If you avoid typical destinations, such as Europe, and choose a less-traveled country, such as Fiji, you will avoid the mass amount of travelers that typically go to more common destinations.
Hire an airport greeter
An airport greeter is someone who welcomes you at the airport, helps you with your bags, and ensures you reach your transport easily.
Oftentimes, your resort or hotel might offer an airport greeter free of charge, but in the case they do not, it can be a great addition to your trip.
Avoid struggling to find your way after a long flight. Spending part of your budget on an airport greeter can help you arrive comfortably at your destination as soon as you arrive.
Invest in a Private Guide
One huge difference between a luxury trip and a standard vacation is the ability to travel privately. In traveling privately you can decide your own schedule, and avoid instances such as tour busses with 40 other people.
Private guides can also allow you to get a cultural experience from a local that you might not otherwise have while on a commercial tour.
Having said that, although a private guide can be a great experience, you do not necessarily need to hire a private driver for your entire trip. Either choose to hire a driver on a per-day trip basis, or hire a taxi when you need to reach a further destination.
Luxury is a Must by the Beach
When visiting a beach destination you will most likely be spending a lot of your time at your resort or hotel. This means that it is highly recommended to spend a good amount of your budget on your lodging.
Having said that, although you might be splurging for your hotel or resort, you do not necessarily need to go for a suite. If the suite fits your family size and budget then go for it, but otherwise, a Deluxe or entry-level room will do just fine.
If you are looking for the luxury experience of a lifetime, visit Raiwasa Grand Villa for your Fiji Luxury Vacation.