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5 Luxury Travel Experiences That Won’t Break the Bank

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Flip through the pages of travel brochures and magazines, or scroll through your Pinterest feed, and you’ll be inundated with images of luxurious getaways in stunning destinations. Everything looks so chic and ... well, expensive. But luxury doesn’t always have to come at a cost. In fact, luxury means different things to different people, and sometimes incomparable service and attention to detail can count for more than a five-star hotel room. Whatever your definition of luxury, here are five ways you can experience a luxury getaway at an affordable price:


1 Rent a luxury apartment

Five star hotels are nice, there’s no question about that. But if the per-night rate is outside your budget, consider an alternative, like renting a luxury apartment. If you’re visiting Paris, for instance, you can rent a gorgeous, fully-furnished apartment from Paris Perfect. They’ve got studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in some of Paris’ most coveted neighborhoods, and many are decorated in high Parisian style. They’re not exactly cheap if you’re shelling out the whole amount on your own, but if you’re traveling with friends or family, these apartments become much more affordable when you split a three-bedroom unit between three families. You can also book luxury apartments at London Perfect and Italy Perfect. The other great thing about renting an apartment is, it helps give you a more authentic experience than staying at a hotel, and you can really live like a local.


2 Choose a destination where you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck

A strong US dollar makes certain destinations really attractive for travelers. The current exchange rate means that everything in Canada is approximately 30% cheaper, so maybe it’s time to check out the luxurious Ritz-Carlton in Toronto or to go glamping in Tofino! Places like Thailand offer travelers some serious value as well. It can take a while to get there, but once you land, you’ll love the fact that you can get an hour-long massage for $10 (just make sure to go to someplace clean and reputable).


3 Arrive in style in a Blacklane car

Travelers have a lot more options than they did 10, even five, years ago. And when it comes to transportation, there are new services out there that you might not be aware of. Blacklane is a luxury black car service that’s available in over 250 cities in more than 50 countries around the world, and it can be booked using their website or app. It’s more expensive than a taxi but much cheaper than a traditional limousine service, and they offer free cancellation up until one hour before your scheduled pick-up.


4 Choose less popular destinations

If you head to where all the tourists are, you aren’t going to score a deal. In fact, quite the opposite – you’ll pay inflated rates for everything from hotel accommodations to food. Instead, look for off-the-beaten-path options to save some money. France and Italy are two of the most popular summertime destinations in Europe, but consider Portugal for an equally beautiful but less expensive getaway. New York City may be grand, but Toronto is just as cosmopolitan and will do less damage to your wallet.


5 Book a budget boutique hotel

Mr and Mrs Smith is a hotel booking site that helps travelers find the best, most beautiful luxury and boutique hotels around the world. They are discerning and design-obsessed, and their carefully curated collection of properties is unique – each hotel truly earning its place in their portfolio. But best of all, they have a collection of over 150 budget boutique hotels around the world that are big on style and service but easy on your bank account. Plus, they have a “best price guarantee,” which means that if you find a particular hotel stay cheaper somewhere else, they’ll not only match the price but give you a $75 voucher as well. Win-win!


If you enjoyed Natalie’s tips, see how her husband Johnny Jet travels in style without breaking the bank:



Originally from Toronto, Natalie DiScala is a writer and editor who now calls Los Angeles home. She worked for leading Canadian design magazine Style at Home for 15 years before taking the plunge and going full-time freelance. She now focuses her attention on her blog Oh! Travelissima where she writes about travel + style. Natalie and her husband, travel expert Johnny Jet, have traveled to 65 countries together and recently welcomed their first child.


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very nice photo and amazing place

City Slicker

Hey! Thanks for the tips. I’ve been searching for sites to check since it is my first job in Europe. I have spent more of my career in Asia. Being a traveller myself, I would like to recommend a great place in the city of Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. The place is called Rima Residence. It has, in my experience, the best furnished apartments in that city.

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