May 8, 2009

Budget and luxury travel deals; use luxury travel planners to your advantage

If Looking for Luxury Event Planners

If you are going abroad to host a party and you don’t have a limit on your budget - if you are looking to host or throw a grand party for your high profile and demanding friends or clients, go to Quintessentially global concierge service.

They have offices in almost all European cities, as well as in U.S.A. They can help you to plan anything from taking a helicopter ride to beach, having black caviar delivered to a terrace of your private suite to setting up a private chef cooking experience.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

I can’t help it but associate this name with the Mr. and Mrs. Smith movie featuring then-uncouple and in denial of affair, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. But while you might be contemplating an idea that the site offers any sort of celebrity news information related to the famous couple, you are not far from disappointment, because the site is about travel – luxury travel, that is.

Founded in 2003, Mr & Mrs Smith is a boutique-hotel booking service representing what’s believed the coolest intimate hotels and rentals to stay around the globe. Each of its 500-plus properties is rigorously researched, visited personally and then reviewed anonymously by an array of tastemakers and travel detectives, including fashionista Stella McCartney, burlesque icon Dita von Teese and jetsetter Bee Shaffer to name just a few.

However, there is a membership: Mr & Mrs Smith operates a unique three-tiered membership club, which has more than 70,000 members. Members can access members-only parts of the website, at no extra cost, and benefit from exclusive discounts and special offers from participating hotels, shops and other partners.

Don’t get discouraged, because there is still enough information for all of us – the on-budget travelers. This site comes in handy when while you are on a budget, you still want to consider planning a trip of your lifetime. No one should disregards your needs and wanting to bring a bit of luxury into your travel: save on a coach sit on a train, but splurge on a private wine tour in Bordeaux, save on a hotel’s amenities, but splurge on unique clothing, accessories or souvenirs items that you can’t buy at home.

When travel overseas on a budget, in today’s times one is stricter with a budget, for the majority of us. And a trip planning becomes a more time-consuming, compromising experience that you should discuss and share with your partner (unless you’re traveling solo.) Two minds are always better than one. And while you might not be able to choose between two expensive activities, and prioritize, your partner could help. When I travel with my fiancée, we always opt to stay at a 3-star hotel vs. splurging a luxury room we won’t be spending much time in anyway.

Budget travel is all about making choices. Below are few deals to save you bucks for this week.

Travelzoo’s TOP 20 DEALS, May 07, 2009

$699, Paris & London in Fall: 6 Nights and Air
Source: Gate 1 Travel

$225, Costa Rica from NYC (Roundtrip), including Taxes
Source: Travelocity
Source: Sceptre Tours

$239 & up, Summer in Europe: Flights from Across the U.S.
Source: Lufthansa

Travelzoo may not include all applicable taxes, charges andgovernment imposed fees. So always check for additional terms and regulations before purchasing any deals.

Prague at Its Best from Europe Vacations.

(King Charles IV Bridge, 1357. Photo by Ben_on_Holiday/flickr)

Travel 07/01/2009 - 08/16/2009 from $999+. Package includes: roundtrip flight, 6-night hotel accommodations in Prague, continental breakfast daily. Hotel taxes and service charges apply. Purchase deadline: May 29, 2009.

Sale Fares to Europe from Icelandair, USA. From $499+ round trip.

(Photo by amundn/flickr)

Flights leave from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle. Outbound to Sydney or Melbourne must be no later than December 16, 2009 for United Economy travel, no outbound travel restriction for United Business travel. Travel is valid on daily for United Economy and Mon. – Thurs. for United Business. No minimum stay is required and a maximum stay of 12 months is permitted for United Business. Exceptions apply; see the fare facts for full rules and information.

I’ve already talked about baggage rules and limits in one of my latest articles, When travel check your baggage and pet regulations. For United Airlines, additional checked baggage fees may apply. See international baggage information for details about baggage allowances and fees for details about baggage allowances and fees.

A Taste of China, 10 days from $999, provided by Friendly Planet.

Again do read the terms on each of the deals above before bookings.

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