You know how special traveling the world can be, which is why you want your next vacation to go smoothly. Luckily, you can find plenty of ways to upgrade your trip without going overboard. Choose the following upgrades to maximize your enjoyment while also minimizing the damage on your budget.
Book a Business Class Seat
If you’re on any flight that lasts more than a few hours, an upgrade to business class is worth the extra cost. Business class seats often allow you to sleep in a reclining bed, use more legroom to stretch your limbs, and enjoy tastier food than what’s served on the rest of the plane.
In particular, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Etihad Airways all have notable business class seats. You can often enjoy larger entertainment systems, Wi-Fi connectivity, and your own personal slipper and robe set.
Schedule Airport Transportation
After your long flight, you don’t want to stand in a mile-long taxi line to get a ride to your hotel. Eliminate this hassle by scheduling your transportation to the hotel before you take off. Depending on where you are, your hotel may offer a special shuttle service.
If you feel like splurging, rent a private car. That way, you won’t have to squeeze in with other sweaty passengers. Plus, you can ask your driver to make stops at anything that looks interesting along the way.
Request a Balcony Room
While balcony rooms cost slightly more than interior ones, think about whether you flew across the world to look at a blank wall. Take advantage of being in an exotic, unfamiliar locale by giving yourself a view. You’ll get some great pictures, and the balcony is a great place to unwind after a long day of sightseeing.
Procure a Private Guide
You may be able to see all the sights of a city on your own. But why trust a tourist map when you could get advice from a knowledgeable local guide? A guide can take you beyond sightseeing and into the true life and vibe of the culture around you.
Finding a guide is easy if you look on local guide sites. You may be able to barter pricing to fit your budget. Your guide may also be able to plan group tours for you and your travel entourage.
Invest in Travel Insurance
Even if you’re traveling in a developed country, travel insurance is a good idea. Many health insurance policies don’t provide out-of-town coverage, meaning you could be stuck with big bills if you were to get sick or injured during your vacation. Travel insurance covers these gaps in your policy, protecting you from financial ruin if you need to visit a doctor.
You can choose various insurance coverage types, including medical, evacuation, cancellation, baggage, or death and dismemberment.
You’ll still have a fabulous time on your vacation even if you don’t splurge on any of these upgrades. But imagine how much more fun you could have if you paid a little extra to take away some of the stress and anxiety that comes with travel.