With COVID causing disruption to the travel industry, many of us aren’t getting to go on the holidays we planned this year. Instead of cashing in the money for a rainy day, why not use the money to make next year’s holiday extra special – after we will all need a holiday!
No matter the type of holiday; from a road trip or city break to a beach vacation, there is always a way to upgrade your experience, giving it that extra bit of excitement. From upgrading your flights to booking a nice hotel, there are many ways you can one-up this year’s holiday with your next. Below are some top ways you can have a holiday of a lifetime.
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Book yourself into a five-star hotel
Plush robes, a luxury spa, and service like never before, a five-star hotel is a perfect way to take your trip to another level. Depending on where you are visiting, the jump from a 4-star hotel to a 5-star hotel is enormous. You’ll get to experience customer service like never before, restaurants that could be, or are considered a Michelin Star and the comfort that the rich and famous are used to – the only problem is once you’ve upgraded, you may never want to downgrade again, upping your holiday expenses forever!
Upgrade your flights
Instead of economy class flights, why not push the boat out and upgrade your outbound and return flights. Not only will this make your journey that extra bit special (especially if you have never upgraded before), but it will also make the lead up to your holiday that bit more exciting. The benefits of upgrading your flights may include extra luggage allowance, increased legroom, priority boarding of the plane, and premium drinks, among many other benefits. If you have been extremely fortunate, and have done really well, you may want to research – “what is private jet charter”? And book in for a once in a lifetime experience.
Arrive in style with an upgraded airport transfer
If you usually arrive at your hotel in a shared coach or basic taxi, why not look to upgrade and arrive in even more style. Just imagine yourself arriving at your five-star hotel, for the concierge to open the door and greet you getting out of a limo or luxury car. Upgrading your transport is one of the cheapest ways to enhance your experience but one that you can look forward to during your flights and get excited about once you land at your destination. Before booking with your travel agent, research airport transfer companies online, as many comparison sites can help you get the best price and choose the vehicle you would like to arrive in.
Book into a lounge at the airport
Your holiday starts as soon as you arrive at the airport. It is always advised that you arrive at the airport with plenty of time not to miss your flight, so why not make the most of this time and book yourself into a lounge. An airport lounge allows you to check-in early and relax within a comfortable and luxury setting! Not only that but (depending on the lounge), you will benefit from unlimited alcohol and a delicious food menu for you to snack on before your journey.
Experience a bucket list activity
Sky diving over the great barrier reef, a road trip through Florida, or a shark diving experience in the Bahamas are things that you may not do on a regular holiday. On this trip, book yourself into a bucket list activity that you can tick off your list. You’ll feel extremely accomplished having done it, and it will add another dimension to your holiday that you can look forward to. I suggest doing this nearer the end of the trip so that you have something to get excited about before you have to head home.
Upgrade your hotel room
Instead of upgrading your whole hotel, why not upgrade your room instead. This may be less than upgrading your hotel, which will mean you have some extra money to upgrade something else on your trip. Depending on the type of break you are on, upgrading your hotel room could mean you have a swim out swimming pool attached to your room or a larger room overall with a bigger and better bathroom. There are many different level room upgrades that you can choose from, so select the one that offers you the most benefits on your trip away.
Upgrade your dining experience to all inclusive
Not having the stress of a large drinks bill at the end of the holiday can be a relief. Plus, it means you can drink as much as you would like without having to worry about the consequence of a large bill at the end, although a headache may be your new worry! Why not treat yourself and upgrade your package on this holiday and enjoy a cocktail on the beach whilst reading a book. Before booking an all-inclusive package, make sure it is worth the money and that it’s not cheaper to just pay for a drink as you go. Most of the time, it works out, but sometimes the price your hotel charges is a lot more which you may not have realized, especially if you only drink a couple of alcoholic drinks a day.
Book dinner at an award-winning restaurant
Do you have a favorite cuisine? Or a famous celebrity chef? Why not go the extra mile and book yourself into an award-winning restaurant? Here you can enjoy your favorite type of cuisine, cooked to perfection with your loved ones. If you want an experience, you could do a taster menu or even more, a wine pairing taster meal where you can enjoy 5 or 6 glasses of wine, with each class paired with each course. This could be perfect for a birthday or anniversary meal. If you have kids, you could always pay for someone to look after them for one night while enjoying your special meal together.
Rooftop cocktail bar
Just imagine cocktails high up in the sky, taking in the spectacular panoramic view. Cocktail bars can be very special and exclusive, which is why they portray luxury and romance. The drinks menu will be vast with some exclusive cocktails that you have never seen before, but if it’s the classic you like, expect the premium spirits to be used to enhance the flavor. The price for each cocktail will be more; however, this is a treat and something you can remember forever.
Have you ever wanted to be treated like the celebs are? A VIP experience is a great way to enjoy yourself and experience something you have never done before. Imagine going for a drink and having your own booth, or having a picnic on your own under the stars. These experiences are things that cost that little more, which is why you never opt for it. Most experiences you can think of will all have VIP options, so pick the one you want to do the most and have the most unforgettable experience. Remember to bring a camera with you as you will want to capture every moment.
Hire a luxury vehicle for you to travel around in
No busses, trains or underground tubes, how nice would that be? Imagine coming out of a restaurant, a chauffeur driving your luxury car to you ready for you to get home, for a chauffeur to then drive your car back into the car park while you walk directly into the lobby area. When hiring a car, you have the pick of the lot, so choose a car that you have always wanted to drive, maybe that’s an Audi, Porsche, or a Jaguar? Here are three SUV’s you may want to consider if you are planning a road trip. Plus, by having your own vehicle to get around, you have no time restraints and can travel to places further afield. A chauffeur is great, as it means you can have a drink during your night out (if that is the plan!) Some cars come with a chauffeur, but others you need to hire separately.
Booking your holiday is exciting and will have you and your loved ones counting down the days until it comes around. With COVID stopping our excitement, the sooner you can go on holiday, the sooner you can forget about everyday life stresses and relax. With the ten points above, there are a variety of ways you can upgrade your trip and take it to the next level. If your budget is lower, you can opt for something less expensive like an airport lounge which still gives you the VIP experience. If you are willing to spend more, upgrading your hotel room or arriving at your hotel is an exclusive car, that could be an option. No matter your requirements, there is a way to upgrade your holiday to your needs.
Have you upgraded your holiday? What did you update? Let me know in the comment box below; I would love to hear from you.