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How to Have a Budget Holiday in Luxurious Destinations!
12 Nov 2019IDEASBY SweetEscape

SweetEscape is an on demand photography platform that can capture any moment, any time and any where you would like. The holidays are just around the corner, and it's about that time for you to decide on your vacation plans (if you have any). Perhaps you've been saving up for an extremely fancy destination, but realistically... a glam holiday like the Hilton sisters would have it or any of those A-list Hollywood stars are probably not ideal for your situation or lifestyle, and that's A-okay! You can still go to your luxurious dream destination, however, with a few minor twists. If you're wondering how you could possibly travel somewhere expensive without running out of (too much) money, we've come up with 5 great tips below for you to lower your spendings and make it a not-so-expensive vacation. Read on for these tips!

by Ksenia I for SweetEscape in Milan
by Ksenia I for SweetEscape in Milan

1. Eat Cheap - Ditch The Fancy Stuff

Exploring new places and parts of the world comes in a package with experimenting culinary delights that those places have to offer. You might be interested in eating all fancy in a 5-star hotel within the area, or perhaps you were recommended by various (loaded) people to try out great dishes in some of the most expensive restaurants around your vacation town. The matter of fact is that it's not a necessity to be eating in all of the fancy places for a complete vacation feel. Most often than not, the fancier places don't really offer you food that is authentic to the culture of your holiday destination. Fancy restaurants popularly offer a range of international delicacies... in which wouldn't fulfill your culinary experience authentically.

by Deby for SweetEscape in Tokyo
by Deby for SweetEscape in Tokyo

2. Hotels Are For Sleeping Only - Hostel It or Go For Cheap Hotels

Many would say that one of the best parts of going on a vacation is the actual stay in the hotel or whichever choice of accommodation you choose. We agree to that most definitely, because there's certainly a pleasant feeling that arises from those far-away hotel stays. Perhaps your parents took you traveling a lot when you were younger, and you just new that the moment you get on that plan, it's bye-bye to your real home for a while and hello to an entirely new place and temporary home. Could it be the nostalgic feeling behind it? It could certainly be. But it could also be related to the whole atmosphere and vibe that screams "HOLIDAY".

by Keiko for SweetEscape in Kyoto
by Keiko for SweetEscape in Kyoto

3. Bring Your Own Toiletries - They Add Up!

We know that there are convenience and drugstores just about anywhere. Toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, soap, everything and anything you need are provided at the store. You might not realize that buying all these will actually add up to your spendings, and why buy when you can bring them from home? Got a spare toothbrush, toothpaste and all that back home? Bring 'em! You can even make them travel sized if you can't be bothered by bringing all of that along with you. You'll certainly be saving money that way, and really, it's the little things that matter (like bringing your own toiletries).

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo
by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

4. Skip The Shopping - You Won't Regret It!

One of the hardest things to avoid during the holiday travels is hands down the desire to hit the shops for some shoppin'. How can you not? The entire vibe makes you feel that way, and for some reason you just can't help but be drawn to the shops to your left and right. How could you miss out on those fancy Italian boutiques or perhaps the shops all through Rodeo Drive, right? We know, vacations seem incomplete without the act of shopping. But really, you'll be saving more money for the better things, such as trying out the different foods, sightseeing and exploring various attractions. So, if you can't resist, avoid the shop til you drop trend and be wise about your spendings during your vacay!

by Flora for SweetEscape in Paris
by Flora for SweetEscape in Paris

5. Only Bring Some Cash At A Time - Keep The Rest In Your Luggage

If you're traveling internationally, you'll most likely bring some cash with you for convenient transactions. If you stay in a place with a safe lock, then we suggest you stash your cash in there and only bring a certain amount with you. Why? So that you don't overspend! It's so much easier to overspend when... you've got something to spend. Say that you have 1000 USD with you, divide it to say 100 USD per day, and leave the rest in your safe box or suitcase (don't forget to lock it up). This way, you'll be controlling your spendings and of course, spending only what you have. You'll be limited, but that's the whole point! The limitations will save you a huge deal for your vacation to be more budget-friendly compared to you just bringing your entire savings in your bag every day.

by Olga for SweetEscape in Lisbon
by Olga for SweetEscape in Lisbon

Planning on a friendly-on-the-wallet trip to somewhere expensive and fancy? Don't forget to book a session with SweetEscape for great photos to capture those beautiful moments for you. With SweetEscape, we guarantee you will have a great time with our photographers. We're here #ForEvery moment, so book your session today and let's #makelifememorable!