Sometimes we need to enjoy the fruits of our labors and let go a little. Planning a luxury vacation for yourself is one of the best ways to escape the drudgery of normal life.
Taking a trip abroad is a good way to get your money’s worth if you want to go all out. The experiences you’ll bring back home are in themselves priceless. Taking a luxury vacation in an exotic country will also help you think outside the box and experiment a little. An unfamiliar environment can often awaken something in people.
Ready to treat yourself? Get some ideas for your next luxury vacation below.
Choosing Your Home Away from Home
Whether its for a week or a month, where you stay during a luxury vacation is important. It will set the tone for the entire travel experience.
The four important factors to consider for your accommodations are location, facilities, services, and events.
Pick a place to stay with a view that will take your breath away every morning. For instance, waking up in a deluxe resort facing a beach with white sand and crystal blue waters the same color as the sky would make anyone’s heart skip a beat.
Choose accommodations that are outrageously impressive (to you, at least) because it’s something different and new. Don’t go with what’s already familiar or comfortable. Live the way you wish to do so in your daily life.
People don’t usually care about the facilities of their hotel abroad, but for a luxury vacation it matters. You’ll want the option to either go out and explore or just chill.
If there is a day when you just want to stay back, make sure there are still things to do. For instance, if you don’t like the beach or sand but still want to go swimming, find a hotel with a chilled pool. Search some more and look for one surrounded by private floating cabanas where you can relax with a book and take a dip after napping.
Alternatively, if you’re a gym buff and want to squeeze in a session, a place with a workout room maybe a better choice for you. The main point is to find a resort that accommodates all your needs so you don’t have to go anywhere else to find them.
The service at your hotel will make or break the entire trip. Bad service can turn a whole day sour.
Before booking a place, check out what services it can offer and how these can contribute to your luxury vacation. For example, you may want to check out hotels that offer private spa massages or poolside service.
Sometimes hotels plan exciting events, like a beach club ladies’ night, for their visitors. These occasions are great to attend, especially if you have some free time.
Other Must-Try Luxury Experiences when Traveling
- Book a business or first-class airplane ticket
- Hire a private car with a driver
- Have the hotel concierge plan something special and personalized
- Dine at a Michelin-star restaurant
How to Handle your Finances Abroad
Call your bank and credit card company before the trip
Luxurious vacations may rack up bills that your bank or credit card company aren’t used to seeing from you. They may find it fishy and cut off access to your accounts. So, make sure to give them a heads up before flying off.
Get an international credit card
If you’re planning on taking grand vacations more often, such a card might be worth the investment. These cards are eagerly sought by frequent travelers because these do not charge currency conversion fees. These payments may be small, but constant card usage can stack up, and this will save you a ton in the long run.
Don’t exchange money, use an ATM
Exchanging money can be tricky and expensive, not to mention inconvenient at times. The rate can vary depending on who you go to, and finding a place can be a hassle.
Using an ATM is much more practical and efficient. You’ll get a fair exchange rate and can withdraw almost anywhere with the right card.
Getting the most out of foreign ATMs boils down to your bank and the plastic you carry. There are debit and credit cards with no foreign transaction fees which are very useful.
The ideas mentioned above are just the beginning. Treating yourself to a fabulous trip abroad should be a goal for everyone. Start planning your luxury vacation now.
Soraya Abdul Azis is the Social Media and Design Manager for Saadiyat Beach Club in the UAE, the very first beach club on Saadiyat where guests can enjoy and celebrate a world of fine living, health and well-being. Soraya has worked in Design, Advertising and PR in Dubai and Beirut for the past 4 years.