Travel Feature

The demand for travelling in luxury can still be achieved on your budget

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Extra comfort is high on many people’s agenda. It doesn’t matter if it’s a car rental for a business trip, or relaxing to the max on your summer holiday, some of us can’t resist adding a little comfort to our experience. Here, we look at how to travel in luxury and how you can get more for your money if your budget isn’t too extensive.

Airport

Airports have a full range of beneficial gimmicks, including the airport lounge. This includes 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.

Relaxing is key before you board, whether it’s with the family, friends or on business. 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 travelling for business reasons, the airport lounge can be a tranquil environment that allows you to work as you wait. With plenty of space to knuckle down, it’s ideal for those with hectic schedules.

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Flight

Channel 4 went behind the scenes at Singapore Airlines and discovered that a one-way flight can cost up to £9,500. 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, not everyone can afford such costs, so the company has cheaper travel available for routes between the UK and Asia. If you are looking for a budget airlines, these can include easyJet and Ryan Air.

Hotels

Hoteliers know that offering added luxury is key to gaining certain clientele. That’s why they offer a range of services. 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 head to Australia or Asia, you’ll soon notice the vast number of hostels available to keep costs down. Like the budget flights previously mentioned, there are plenty hotels, B&Bs, and apartments available across the globe that will suit any budget.

The well-known hotel chain, Hilton, is associated with added comforts and luxurious surroundings. So much so, that it’s often 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.

According to travel company Trivago, you must offer soft and oversized towels, plush pillows, complimentary refreshments and full-size toiletries to help add a special touch to a guest’s 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.

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Train

A journey on the Northern Belle will completely transform your luxurious train experience. 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.

Car

The Audi A3 Sportback is a prime example of how Audi uses 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.

While you may not be able to stand up and stretch your legs, a luxury car can keep you comfortable 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.

Coach

There are several sizes available to use when looking for a luxury coach company. From 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.

Cheaper options such as the Mega Bus are often a go-to option for students who require cheap travel outside of term time that allows them 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.

It’s clear that some luxury travel will be out of reach for many of us, but there are definitely ways to travel in comfort. 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!

 

*Don’t forget to check the airport’s information beforehand as some may differ.