6 Easy Ways to Travel in Style (while Saving Money and Time)

Generally, most travelers start off the same. We begin as broke, early twenty-something backpackers who just graduated college or on leave from our first job. But if there’s one thing that travel teaches us, it’s that it definitely changes our perspective. Over time (and as we age), we might slowly find it unacceptable to arrive at the airport wearing a ridiculously full backpack and sandals to board a budget airline flight and make our way to the cheapest youth hostel we booked online to share a room that has as many as 6 bunk beds with 11 other backpackers. I certainly did.

 

Now that I’m 30, my perspectives on traveling have certainly changed and I now think that traveling in style should always be a consideration – if not a priority. Here’s how:

 

1. Before anything else, be in possession of a stylish hand carry bag that you can proudly strut in the airport with.

If you’re lucky, the bag might still even be sold at the airport duty free. When packing, inside your bag should be a scarf to keep you warm in the cold airport and aircraft, and sunglasses as necessary (just don’t wear them at immigration). Wear stylish but comfy clothes and shoes, especially on long haul flights.
Maybe go for Louis Vuitton or Versace, or relatively more affordable options like Coach (pictured above).
Maybe go for Louis Vuitton or Versace, or relatively more affordable options like Coach (pictured above).
Miss, how much is that baggy in the window? Yes, the one that looks like mine. (Photo taken at Coach NAIA Airport Terminal 3.)
Miss, how much is that baggy in the window? Yes, the one that looks like mine. (Photo taken at Coach NAIA Airport Terminal 3.)
My go to uniform for long haul flights. Number one priority: being comfy!! (Top from H&M; garter bottoms from Uniqlo; shoes from Onitsuka Tiger; scarf from Dubai. And, no contact lenses!)
My go to uniform for long haul flights. Number one priority: being comfy!! (Top from H&M; garter bottoms from Uniqlo; shoes from Onitsuka Tiger; scarf from Dubai. And, no contact lenses!)

2. Get picked up from your house to be dropped off at the airport (or vice versa later on) – for free.

Either using the complimentary service when flying Business or First class with certain airlines or with certain credit cards such as the Citi Prestige card. When either option is unavailable, there’s always Uber or Grab.
Welcome service at Incheon Airport, Seoul
Pick up service from Incheon Airport, Seoul

3. After arriving at the airport, have a VIP meet and greet service waiting for you.

This includes priority or expedited service escorted by an agent from check in to immigration to security to the boarding gate…
VIP airport meet and greet assistance through check in, immigration and security
VIP airport meet and greet assistance through check in, immigration and security
See the long queue on the left? You don't have to fall in line over there if you have VIP service. (Photo taken at Incheon Airport)
See the long queue on the left? You don’t have to fall in line over there if you have VIP service. (Photo taken at Incheon Airport)
Your Assistant. She knows a shortcut back door. (Photo taken at Incheon Airport)
Your Assistant. She knows a shortcut back door. (Photo taken at Incheon Airport)

4. …or lounge.

Get airport or airline lounge access courtesy of your Business or First Class flight. If you’re flying economy or with a budget airline, it pays to have a travel credit card with free lounge access.
Pacific Club Lounge at Manila's NAIA Airport Terminal 3
Pacific Club Lounge at Manila’s NAIA Airport Terminal 3

Optional step: Fly Business Class when possible. Nothing says style like being in the front of the aircraft where the bottomless champagne is.

First Class, on the other hand, is probably reserved for the ultra haves.

Etihad Airways Business Class Cabin
Etihad Airways Business Class Cabin

5. Upon arrival, have the same VIP service respectively in 3 and 2 above to escort you and bring you to your boutique or five-star hotel.

 

6. if you haven’t already, shop at the biggest outlet store at your destination

…To get a good deal on luxury branded luggage for your next trip.

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Hi! I'm Kevin, a published travel writer, and this is my travel blog about first and business class flights, airport lounges, shopping, visa information and local travel credit cards for mileage programs. In 2017, I fulfilled my personal goal of visiting over 30 countries before I turned 30 years old and I would be more than glad to help you achieve your own #travelgoals too. ;)

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