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Published On: Sat, Jun 29th, 2019

Luxury travel no longer must come with a luxury price tag

When travel took off as a globally mainstream model of inspiration, it was of course excitingly all so possible, but with a catch: the price tag attached to the destination itself, and the surrounding activities. As time has gone on, however, this notion has definitively changed. These days, more and more travellers are being smart about the way they travel, and making the most of each trip without necessarily having to pay the big bucks.

Of course, there are always those bucket list experiences that are worth their weight in gold – and the price tag, whatever that happens to be, that comes with it. But for the most part, luxury travel these days is less about what it costs to be there, and more about what it means to be there. Luxury travel no longer refers to the price tag, but the overall experience travellers have on their trips.

There is something exciting and unique to be found in every part of the world, and travellers realise this when they begin to branch out and experience it all for themselves. More and more, people are valuing experiences and memories over material objects and models, and this is perhaps nowhere as true as it is when it comes to travelling. So, what is it that makes the experience of travel so luxurious these days, and how can we all find ways to obtain it and experience it all?

photo Ged Carroll

Embracing adventure and exploration to make the most of travel

Of course, hotels and Airbnbs can be lovely, but the real magic happens outside of your accommodation. Getting outside of your room and immersing yourself in what the destination has to offer is what travel is really all about.

Whether that means skiing in New Zealand, Japan, or Canada, driving across the USA or scooting throughout Vietnam, seeing the red centre in Australia, or spending your days snorkelling and diving with the marine wildlife in Bali, Fiji, or the Maldives (to name a few examples), there is magic and wonder to be found everywhere…you just have to get out of your comfort zone and look for it.

Exploring the less touristy destinations, with similar views

If you have ever caught yourself wondering when the best time to choose a yacht trip is, maybe consider where the best place to choose a yacht trip is. Many people want to yacht around the Greek Islands and the Italian coastline – and of course you should – but do not discount other destinations around the world that are less known for the same activity…try yachting to the Great Barrier Reef on a tour, or through the Milford Sounds in New Zealand, or even around the many islands of Indonesia.

Understanding that sometimes “ideal” travel is seasonal

Sure, maybe New Zealand is more popular during the winter months, when the snow falls over the islands in droves, and people come from all over the world to ski. The same can be said for Bali during the summer months. On and on the examples can go, but the point always remains the same: if you travel during the “ideal” times (mostly, if not always, the peak seasons), the price tag tends to be more expensive, because this is when the destinations can boost their economy the most from travellers. 

Author: Ulyati Jaya

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