Travel 5 Star on a Budget

Summer means exactly one thing: vacation. And while we may be dreaming of a swanky resort getaway (Frette linens? Yes please!), few of us can afford that level of indulgence. Luckily, with a few savvy tricks, you can travel extremely well, no matter your budget. We tapped Florian Reidel, the resort manager at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, to find out his insider tricks for maximizing your vacation—whether you’re hitting the beach or escaping to a cabin in the woods. Bon voyage!

Be social

We aren’t the only ones obsessed with our Twitter feed. Hotels and airlines often offer last-minute deals, promotions, and giveaways through social media channels. Birchbox favorite JetBlue has an entire Twitter feed devoted to flight sales.

Be flexible

Most destinations have a less busy season when hotels will offer lower rates, or added values like restaurant vouchers or spa credits. Even five-star resorts have serious discounts, especially if you book three or more nights.

Know Yourself

It’s all about finding a hotel that suits you. The essentials are always a clean room with a hot shower and solid service. Next, figure out if you want to spend more time at the hotel or more time exploring. Décor, a great hotel bar, or onsite spa become more important if you’re planning on the former. If you want to get out and about, pay more attention to neighborhood, proximity to attractions, and ease of transportation.

Consider a package

Packages can bring significant value, but the inclusions need to be things you're interested in. Things like meal plans or unlimited golf will save you money—but only if you use them.

Ask about upgrades

Check with the front desk when you arrive. Often, higher category rooms are offered as upgrades at greatly reduced costs at the last-minute.

Pick up the phone

Our rates are the same through both channels, but if you've got questions and want guidance, give us a call. Our reservations team is amazing and can really help the planning along.

Make your trips meaningful

Save up for special trips. If something is on your bucket list, find a way to get there, even if it takes time.

End with luxury

If you’re staying in multiple places during your trip, finish with the nicest hotel. I recommend the Four Seasons, of course.

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