Why I Always Mix Low with High on my Travels

I like to mix low priced semi-quality items with high priced quality items in my general life. This also extends into when I decide to take a trip. Why do I do this? Because it makes the trip more enjoyable. Backpacking is not for me; I do not want to share a room with 12 other people and I am far past the best before date where it would acceptable to. But…I’m not made of money and chartered private jets, even though my spirit is telling me I belong there. So, how do I get that luxurious feel on trips that don’t break the bank? I downgrade on things that don’t matter.
I rent apartments instead of stay in luxury hotels…at least for most of the trip.
I always like to mix up my stay with a luxury hotel (or as luxury my budget will allow in whatever city I’m in) and have a spa-day on every trip. I offset the expensive cost of spa services and pools by staying in cheaper apartments without all of the amenities my diva heart so craves. This is the time of the vacation where it doesn’t matter how much things cost (obviously with a limit in the back of my mind, of course) I’ll still enjoy them. Order the room service, get that massage, pay for the hotel’s over-priced restaurant meals simply because I don’t have to leave the hotel…this is when I overindulge.

 

Why I mix the high with the low on all of my trips I like to go grocery shopping.
Yes, I actually love grocery shopping. I love heading out to the store and picking out my fruits and vegetables for the week, perhaps buying a treat for myself. Doing this in a foreign country with new foods to try? Yes, please. That’s why, instead of eating out at restaurants every day of my trip, I head to the local market, or store, to grab what I need to make a delicious home-cooked meal that costs WAY less than what the restaurant would charge me. That way….

I get to buy the $25 Kir Royale.
Because, when you’re at Laduree you do not skimp. Because I’ve saved so much on restaurant outings by eating in and buying groceries, I can indulge where it counts. And, ignore prices on menus to gain that must-have experience of drinking a champagne cocktail on the Champs D’Elysees while a gay couple argues with the waiter on keeping their adorable and tiny dog at the table.

I get more money for shopping.
By taking public transportation, or walking everywhere, I save tons on the cost of taxis. Taking a taxi can eat up your money like nobody’s business. While I like to splurge on a taxi to and from the airport/train station (lugging heavy suitcases to and from places is the absolute worst), switching to walking or public transportation once I’m settled keeps the costs down, and is a great way to see the town/city you’re visiting. It also means I get to shop to my heart’s content. Or… until my credit card’s limit.
Why I mix the high with the low on my tripsI get the best of both worlds.
Because I end up integrating myself into the culture that I’m visiting by shopping the markets and renting houses and apartments, walking to the museums and attractions, I feel like a local instead of a tourist. The mundane tasks turn into the everyday experiences while abroad and makes your trip a little more special. And then, I also get to live like a rockstar, ordering the duck confit and another bottle of champagne after my massage on a rooftop overlooking the Alps.

 

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