You are TOTALLY Worth It!
I certainly understand that sticking to a budget can be extremely important when booking a vacation, but did you know that there are several not-so-expensive upgrades you can purchase that can really make a huge impact on the quality of your trip?
1. Private airport transfers
Somehow there is nothing more relieving than passing through customs after a long overnight flight to see a driver standing there with a sign bearing your name…and they are standing there with a smile! Your driver can help you to a nice, clean sedan and be on the road to your accommodations with a cold bottle of water in the time it takes to wait in the taxi line and try to communicate where you need to go. In the Caribbean & Mexico, private transfers can be the difference between a 30-minute direct ride to your resort and a 1 ½ hour trip that stops at 4 other hotels along the way. Why not splurge a little and start your vacation off on the right foot?
2. Private sightseeing tours
You know how you arrive at some sites and see a mile-long line of folks waiting to purchase tickets? Or a group of 30-40 “sheep” being herded around with a shepherd tour guide holding an umbrella up in the air? If that looks like your worst nightmare, consider upgrading to a private tour. The cost can be reasonable and the value you receive can be huge! You can move quicker, learn more and focus on the sites and information you are really interested in.
3. Premium Economy upgrades on your flights
Is Business or First Class a bit out of your financial comfort zone? Why not consider upgrading to Premium Economy on your flights? The cost can be reasonable (and sometimes not) but those few inches of extra room, and sometimes added amenities, can make the difference between a comfortable journey and a cramped nightmare.
4. Airport Lounges
Do you have a long layover along your travel route? Consider purchasing a day-pass for your airline’s Airport Club Lounge. It can be a very civilized way to spend a few hours and many include complimentary Wi-Fi, snacks, beverages (sometimes alcoholic as well) and comfortable seats in a quieter location. Check to see if your Frequent flier program or Credit Card company offers you any discounts or perks for admission!
5. Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance can be a lifesaver! There are so many things that can go wrong. Even if you swear that you are going on your vacation NO MATTER WHAT, you can’t predict weather, illness, injury, cancellations or any of those other nasty surprises that can come up when life just happens. It should be budgeted into the cost of every vacation. Enough said!
6. Upgrade that view
Sure, I understand that you may not spend a lot of time in the room at a resort, or in your cabin on a cruise ship. But I do know that one of the most common complaints I hear is about the view. At least check to see how much the difference is to upgrade to that view. You might find that it is a small price to pay for waking up to that full-frontal sea view instead of the parking lot!
7. Pre- cruise extensions
Cruises usually start boarding around noon-ish on embarkation day, and require that you be on board at least 2 hours before the ship departs. That actually leaves a very short window of time to arrive, get checked in and safely in your cabin. I ALWAYS recommend that my clients arrive at the port city the night before departure…. just to eliminate stress from all of the “what ifs” of delayed or cancelled flights, major traffic jams, etc. Most cruises leave from very interesting cities…why not arrive a day or two early and see what they have to offer?
I know how much each one of these suggestions can enhance your experience….and isn’t that what you really want when you take that much-deserved vacation? A more custom experience with added value? I would be glad to help you choose the upgrades that deliver the most bang-for-your-buck for your next vacation. Remember…YOU ARE TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!!!