Extra comfort is quickly reaching dizzy heights on our travel agendas. Whether it’s car rental for a business trip, or relaxing to the max on your summer holiday, sometimes we simply can’t resist travelling in luxury. Here, we look at how to best travel in luxury as budget alternatives.
There are many benefits to take advantage of at the airport. These include the airport lounge which comes with complimentary snacks and drinks to make the most of. As most of us spend time in eating establishments and watering holes anyway to kill time before our flight, why wouldn’t you want to do so in added comfort? Many are child-friendly too, providing gaming consoles to keep the little ones calm during the waiting period.
It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling with family, friends or on business, it’s important to relax before you board the plane. Airport lounges are perfect for this; don’t be fooled into thinking you must be in possession of a first-class ticket to enter. Simply book online and take advantage of the spacious and secluded environment for up to three hours* before your flight. For those of us who travel on business, airport lounges provide a tranquil environment in which to carry out work tasks. With plenty space to knuckle down, it’s ideal for those with hectic schedules.
Recently, Channel 4 went behind the scenes at Singapore Airlines, where a flight can cost £9,500 one-way. For the price, you get your own private suite, with a bedroom, leather chair, wardrobe, ensuite bathroom, and 32-inch TV all at your beck and call. However, for those who can’t stump up thousands of pounds for a flight, the company does offer a range of considerably cheaper routes from the UK to Asia. Budget airlines are those such as easyJet and Ryan Air.
Added luxury being on offer can be crucial to gaining certain clientele. With a range of services, hoteliers have this market well tapped. From private airport transfers to swim-up pool bars, all-inclusive option to complimentary snacks, they really do have it all. However, this isn’t for everyone and hotel companies know this. The star ratings are something hotel owners take pride in and being labelled a five-star resort can stand you head and shoulders above your competition.
If you decide to tour Australia or Asia, you’ll come across a range of hostels that can help you you’re your costs to a minimum. Like the budget flights previously mentioned, there are plenty hotels, B&Bs, and apartments available across the globe that will suit any budget.
Of course, we know about the Hilton hotel chain and its comforts. It was even voted the best hotel brand in the world. From its 25 Waldorf Astoria properties around the globe which offer world-class service and signature accoutrements that define luxury, to its more affordable Homewood Suits that are ideal for longer stays, the brand has thought of it all. Travel company Trivago insists that inside your room you must offer plush pillows, soft and oversized bath towels, complimentary refreshments, full-size toiletries, and a special welcome touch to help your guests feel ‘special’ in a luxury stay. Outside of your sleeping zone, late checkout, poolside service, gourmet foods, spa rooms, and private cabanas all top the list of must-have gimmicks to make a stay even more luxurious.
A trip on the Northern Belle will see you travel in a whole new luxury. While you may in some instances need to stand up for your train journey, booking a seat first class can see you enjoy a complimentary meal service. The train holiday may be better known for interrailing around Europe on your gap year as a student, but with Planet Rail you can experience a luxury journey throughout Europe, including UK breaks.
The Audi TT is a great example of the manufacturer’s assets with its innovative design and sophisticated technology. With features to assist you as the driver, the model allows you to have a safer and simpler drive. With the likes of park assist providing surrounding and edge detection and cross traffic assist rear bringing visual support, you really can sit back and enjoy the ride.
There’s not a chance to get up and stretch your legs so you must make sure you pick a car that you’d be happy to sit in for a long period of time. There are many ‘luxury’ car manufacturers out there to consider, but with a literal translation of its slogan being ‘advantage through technology’ Audi is a great choice for anyone looking for that extra bit of comfort.
Luxury coach companies offer several sizes of their transport. Fom 16-seaters upwards, you have the option of having on-board kitchen space — including the all-important filter coffee machine— and sumptuous armchair-style seats, so you really can relax as you take to the road.
Companies such as Mega Bus is often popular with students who look for cheap travels out of term time to return home at an affordable rate. The no-frills travel is perfect for getting from A to B, but for a holiday experience that offers a little bit more luxury, there are companies that can sort you right out. Many may think of the affable Brendan from television’s Coach Trip, or the budget-friendly National Holidays, but there are many options to travel in extreme style.
There are certainly ways to travel in comfort and not break the budget.. With a bit of research, you should be able to find a deal to suit your budget that incorporates a touch of fine living. Happy travels!
*check the airport’s information beforehand as some may differ.