Many people consider budget and luxury to be at opposing ends of a financial spectrum. This is not necessarily always the case. With a host of websites offering discount package holidays as well as individual flights, car hires and accommodation, it’s never been easier to source deals and discounts on luxury holidays.
In order to finance and plan for your perfect luxury holiday, it is helpful to have somewhere in mind. Barbados is one of the most enviable Caribbean destinations and often considered to be well out of reach for the budget traveler. However, with some smart internet research and a flexible itinerary, dreams of luxury Barbados holidays can easily come true.
Book during school time/off-peak
This isn’t an option for everyone but if it’s possible to book a holiday while kids are at school, there are a host of deals available and travel companies are desperate for business during a time when many people cannot get away. Barbados relies heavily on tourism so airlines and resorts are eager to fill seats and beds respectively during off-peak seasons and some luxury all-inclusives are known to slash prices by as much as half during these times. Try booking between April and December to take advantage of summer sales in the Caribbean and avoid the peak winter rush.
Check the last-minute sales
Flexibility is key for this one. If it’s possible, wait until the very last minute to see what kind of deals are available. If you have a specific destination like Barbados in mind, or better yet, a specific hotel, waiting could yield some serious bargains. If travel time comes around and hotels and airlines are still trying to sell empty seats or rooms, prices will come down dramatically. This option is great for those who don’t stress too much about making arrangements well in advance.
Use a special occasion to get a discount
While this may be considered rather cheeky by some, hotels and airlines often have a budget set aside for upgrades or discounts considered to be “good will gestures”. Barbados is an incredibly popular destination for those traveling on a honeymoon, birthday or an anniversary, so be sure to mention it to the airline or hotel before you travel. They will often upgrade you to the next flight class or an even nicer room which could make for the holiday you’ve always dreamed of. In any case, it’s always worth discussing a price for your room over the phone with a hotel as you may be able to swing a discount through negotiation.
When sourcing an inexpensive luxury holiday, be sure to check the specialist holiday clubs for flash sales, especially if you’re looking at a long-haul trip like Barbados. If you’re able to travel off-peak, be patient with your bookings and willing to tap into some local ‘goodwill’, you will find the price tag of your luxury holiday is dramatically reduced and fits comfortably within your budget.
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