You deserve a vacation—an affordable luxurious vacation—baller on a budget style.
Whether it’s from the holidays or for the holidays, we encourage you to get outta town. But wait, Christmas literally just happened and now you may or may not be on a budget. The good news? It’s 100% possible to travel luxuriously without breaking the bank—here’s how.
Stay in your state—or heck, even in your town—and feel a world away when you sleep in a four-or-five-star establishment. We suggest searching for something with “resort and spa” in the name. Agoda is superb for scoring deals on hotels worldwide. It’s an aggregator that offers up to 80% off hotels, seamless booking, and comprehensive property reviews. Since you saved on airfare, enjoy a super luxe dinner, spa treatment, or go on a nearby adventure such as skiing, ATVing, or just strolling around local museums.
Just do it. You will be glad you did.
Spontaneity is a great way to add more cheer to the holidays without adding much stress. Download the Hotel Tonight app. In just a few taps, you’ll find dirt-cheap deals on premium properties around the world. Badda-boom-badda-budget.
It’s legit and you should take our word for it.
A high-seas, all-inclusive adventure can be shockingly affordable. Cruises lose money on every vacant room, so it serves them well to offer cabins for only a few hundred dollars. To score big, use iCruise and get last-minute deals on trips throughout Mexico, the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe and more.
Put it this way: a cruise = multiple meals, several nights away and numerous destinations. Ahoy!
Like a real-life “The Holiday,” Home Exchange lets you swap properties around the world. Find like-minded travelers and set up an exchange on your own terms. Remember: one person’s house is another person’s five-star hotel.
Unfortunately, we have not seen Jude Law anywhere on this members-only service but we’ll let you know if we do.
Want to go super duper cheap? Then check out Workaway. This site has a global, searchable database of people who will exchange free stay and often free meals, for a little assistance. The “jobs” range from working in an Italian vineyard to cuddling Kangaroos at an Australian wildlife reserve to teaching yoga in Costa Rica. You can browse all of the experiences for free—if you’d like to contact the host, you just have to become a member for $30/year.
Sometimes the host will give you a bike or kayak for transportation during your stay! That’s pretty budget friendly if you ask me (see what I did there).
Luxury can take many forms, but one thing is for sure: it doesn’t have to be crazy expensive. You can take a glamorous vacation on a budget and you should. Ring in the new year feeling fabulous, wherever you are in the world.
Annie’s based in Los Angeles but hails from Portland, Oregon. Sort of. She moved to six states by the time she reached middle school, and continues to move around the US and abroad – call her a nomad, but she prefers “Location ADHD.” After studying abroad in New Zealand, Annie circled the globe, graduated from USC, and circled the world once again. For one year she lived out of a backpack everywhere from The Philippines to Nepal to Slovenia to Norway. She’s a curry connoisseur and passionate explorer, taking the road less traveled, the “trail” covered in vines and swarmed in exotic bugs. Foreign lands feel like home, and Annie loves encouraging more and more people to utilize their passports and experience a new culture.