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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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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