When the opportunity arises, we all love taking advantage of a bit of added luxury. It is even better when it’s an unexpected treat, but let’s be honest, more often than not, we are going to pay — but who cares, we’re worth it. Having worked relentlessly since January 2nd, there is no better sensation that finishing that last task on a Friday afternoon in June before jetting off on a two-week holiday. Sometimes however, the end destination isn’t the only treat we indulge in — the journey can be equally as good. Here, we take a look at what travelling in luxury really means. Alternatively, we’ll delve into the budget options as well, for those that love a bargain!
Luxury coach companies offer vehicles in a variety of sizes, from 16-seaters upwards, you have the option of having on-board kitchen space — including the all-important filter coffee machine— and sumptuous armchair-style seats, so you really can relax as you take to the road.
Mega Bus, the budget bus company, is often utilised by students looking for cheap travels out of term time to return home at an affordable rate. The no-frills travel is perfect for getting from A to B, but for a holiday experience that offers a little bit more luxury, there are companies that can sort you right out. Many may think of the affable Brendan from television’s Coach Trip, or the budget-friendly National Holidays, but there are many option to travel in extreme style.
Offering journeys throughout mainland Britain, a journey on the Northern Belle will see you travel in a whole new luxury. While you may in some instances need to stand up for your train journey, booking a seat first class can see you enjoy a complimentary meal service. The train holiday may be better known for interrailing around Europe on your gap year as a student, but with Planet Rail you can experience a luxury journey throughout Europe, including UK breaks.
Complimentary snacks and drinks are just some of the benefits that can be taken advantage off in the airport lounge. As most of us spend time in eating establishments and watering holes anyway to kill time before our flight, why wouldn’t you want to do so in added comfort? Many are child-friendly too, providing gaming consoles to keep the little ones calm during the waiting period.
A short time of relaxation before boarding is essential, regardless of whether it’s a business trip, a family holiday, or a hen do. Airport lounges are perfect for this; don’t be fooled into thinking you must be in possession of a first-class ticket to enter. Simply book online and take advantage of the spacious and secluded environment for up to three hours* before your flight.
Airport lounges provide a tranquil environment for anyone travelling on business who has to carry out work tasks. With plenty space to knuckle down, it’s ideal for those with hectic schedules.
A one way flight with Singapore airlines can set you back approximately £9,500, a channel 4 documentary recently reported. For the price, you get your own private suite, with a bedroom, leather chair, wardrobe, ensuite bathroom, and 32-inch TV all at your beck and call.
We don’t expect everyone to able to afford that however. So, for those who can’t stump up thousands of pounds for a flight, the company does offer a range of considerably cheaper routes from the UK to Asia.
Irish airline Ryanair offers a budget alternative.
The only way to gain a certain clientele is to offer a bespoke service with additional levels of luxury and hoteliers have this market well tapped. From private airport transfers to swim-up pool bars, all-inclusive option to complimentary snacks, they really do have it all. However, this isn’t for everyone and hotel companies know this. The star ratings are something hotel owners take pride in and being labelled a five-star resort can stand you head and shoulders above your competition.
If you are backpacking in Australia or Asia and you’ll find an array of hostels to keep costs to a minimum. Like the budget flights previously mentioned, there are plenty hotels, B&Bs, and apartments available across the globe that will suit any budget.
Voted the best hotel brand in the world, the Hilton Hotel collection is renowned for its executive level comfort and luxury. From its 25 Waldorf Astoria properties around the globe which offer world-class service and signature accoutrements that define luxury, to its more affordable Homewood Suits that are ideal for longer stays, the brand has thought of it all.
Plush pillows, soft and oversized bath towels, complimentary refreshments, full-size toiletries, and a special welcome touch to help your guests feel ‘special’ in a luxury stay are all basics of a quality room, suggest travel site Trivago. Outside of your sleeping zone, late checkout, poolside service, gourmet foods, spa rooms, and private cabanas all top the list of must-have gimmicks to make a stay even more luxurious.
Available to buy in two different variants, the Audi Q2 is the definition of versatility and is the perfect example of the manufacturers assets with its innovative design and sophisticated technology. With features to assist you as the driver, the model allows you to have a safer and simpler drive. With the likes of park assist providing surrounding and edge detection and cross traffic assist rear bringing visual support, you really can sit back and enjoy the ride.
Behind the wheel, there’s not a chance to get up and stretch your legs so you must make sure you pick a car that you’d be happy to sit in for a long period of time. There are many ‘luxury’ car manufacturers out there to consider, but with a literal translation of its slogan being ‘advantage through technology’ Audi is a great choice for anyone looking for that extra bit of comfort.
As we’ve said before, you’ve worked all year to deserve a bit of luxury in your life, so the least you can do is pay for the upgrade, or book into the executive lounge, and reward yourself.
*check the airport’s information beforehand as some may differ.