Part-time traveller, Full-Time Brummie

What does Travel Luxury mean anyway?

Girl in floppy hat in swimming pool

It’s hard to describe our travel style in a single word, but one word it definitely wouldn’t be is luxurious. This month’s TravelLinkUp is all about luxury and opulence, and I admit to reading some of the other blogs linked up with more than a touch of envy. There are (in no particular order on the envy scale – although breakfasting with giraffes may take top spot):

As a travelling couple, we’re a little more on the frugal side, although admittedly it is Mr Fletche who is more likely to watch how we splash the cash than I am. We consider comfort, convenience – and yes, budget – when making our travel plans. Which is why we’re more AirBnB than five-star hotel, more public transport than private transfer, and more street food than gourmet food. But at the same time, we don’t choose the cheapest option, just because it’s the cheapest. We’ll opt for a slightly pricier flight for more reasonable flight times, a more expensive AirBnB if it’s in a prime location. It’s the age-old, “pick-the-second-cheapest-bottle-from-the-wine-list-so-you’re-not-a-total-cheapskate” trick.

“We might as well just throw our money out the window…” Gif via

But it doesn’t mean we haven’t indulged from time to time.

Passenger sitting in business class seat

Closest I’ll ever get to a upgrade…thanks to this Qatar Airways popup!

All of these experiences were amazing and I wouldn’t swap any of them for a more decadent alternative. But do you know what the real luxury is?

The real luxury for us is being able to travel. With a bit of planning, we have the time (mostly) and money (mostly) to allow us to enjoy trips and experiences both in the UK and abroad. We have few commitments which restrict travel, and we can choose to travel outside of school holidays and in shoulder seasons and off-peak. We are both fit and healthy, and have all our faculties (mostly) and there are no restrictions about where we can stay, eat or drink. It’s a luxury that we can travel our own way, either fitting in as much as possible, or just taking the time to relax and explore slowly. It’s a luxury that we can plan three, four or five trips in a single year, being able to mix and match budget trips with indulgences, UK staycations with globetrotting, city breaks with beach holidays. And it’s a luxury having a travel partner that is willing to accept my crazy plans, share – and add to – that bucketlist, and yes, keep an eye on the credit card that I’d brandish around with gay abandon if I had the choice (“si, signor waiter, another two 18€ proseccos per favore…”)

This post was inspired by the June #travellinkup, thinking of all things opulent – what are your travel luxuries? What’s the most luxurious travel you’ve experienced?  Let me know in the comments below!

If you’re a travel blogger and you want to join in the #travellinkup fun, just pop your post up over the first week of the month (the 1st – 7th June 2018), add it to the link up widget found on Adventures of a London KiwiSilverSpoon LondonFollow Your Sunshine or on the blog of guest host Sarah from More Than Just A Cupcake Lover.

There are no rules – just check out some of the other cool bloggers that are involved in that months travel link up; make a few comments here and there and tweet a few of the posts out to your followers that you think they will love. It’s a great way to meet some new travel bloggers and share some blogging joy!

The Travel Link Up is open to all bloggers as long as the post is relevant.

This month's #'TravelLinkUp is chatting about all things luxurious and opulent. Not the way that A Brummie Home and Abroad usually travels...


28 responses to “What does Travel Luxury mean anyway?”

  1. rachaelstray says:

    I totally agree with your philosophy. We don’t go five star (except for our honeymoon – part 2) we don’t tend to go for the cheapest either – a happy medium where we get what we want without paying a fortune!

  2. We have splurged (occasionally) in the past and look forward to splurging again one day when our son is old enough to appreciate it. For now though we, like you, are enjoying our own modified version of luxury when we go on holiday! I’d love to go to the giraffe breakfast hotel…

  3. Sarah says:

    Great post Emmalene, I feel like we’re on the same wave length in our luxury travel. You’re so right about being able to travel – that itself is a luxury.

  4. Harpreet says:

    Totally agree that the real luxury is being able to travel in the first place. And given that I live in Kenya…I haven’t breakfasted with the Giraffes either…it wasn’t even a “thing” until Instagram happened! I used to go to Giraffe Manor as a child and wonder what they were doing sticking their long necks into the house! Maybe I need to splurge on that and add it to my list! #travellinkup

  5. I would love to visit the Maldives one day! You have had some fantastic experiences!

  6. Good post, Em. Yes, we are budget travellers and as someone has already mentioned the fact that we can travel is luxury in itself. Luxury is a personal thing as what seems a luxury for one won’t be for another. Airbnb is not necessarily the cheap option. We are tending to use Though we don’t need to book accommodation for more than a week as we seem to be getting housesits one after another which helps!!

  7. Gary says:

    A friend once said uber budget was when he was younger. Put some years on and comfort becomes more appealing. They were doing motorbike tours round Europe and it was campsite versus hotel. His bones were saying “Older person now” so he used hotels… although once he went opulent and stayed in a castle just so he could say “I’ve slept in a castle.” Personally I think the company makes the enjoyment of a trip. Around that budget comes into it, but cheap or mega expensive doesn’t necessarily make the holiday. Identify the actual needs and anything else is a bonus. If you’re travelling around site seeing then accommodation is just somewhere to sleep. Great post!

  8. I am in your camp travel wise. Airfare expensive from where I am sitting so always a good chunk of change. I look for somewhere safe, clean and public transit available. I’m not into paying for a high luxury hotel where I am just crashing at the end of the day. You are so right it is experiences I want. Great post.

  9. Great post. Sounds like you’ve had some amazing ‘luxury travel’ experiences.

  10. I’m not even thirty, but I tend to steer clear from true budget travel, only because I don’t travel very often and want to really enjoy it when I do! I don’t really consider most of what I do true luxury, but I usually have two to three true luxuries when I travel. Sometimes it is buying a particular piece of clothing or accessory, sometimes it is going to a specific spot; on my trip to the UK in Feb, I’m going to have tea at Fortnums- quite expensive for one meal, but it’s a manageable luxury and I’ve wanted to do it for years. I’m lucky in that I know what I consider a “must have” luxury and what is just a “nice to have” luxury!

  11. We have had some gorgeous ‘luxury’ experiences- only a few! HoweverI find travelling can rarely be glam from start to finish. The airport will ALWAYS see to that!! 🤣

  12. josypheen says:

    I am really with you on this! We normally travel on a bit of a budget, but splurge occasionally to treat ourselves. But I always feel soooo lucky to be able to travel at all. We really are privileged. We’re also lucky to have passports that make it easy to visit so many places. It is a lot harder if you have to apply for visas everywhere!!

    p.s. I need to learn about the Candian trains!! I didn’t even know there was a cheaper option!! I thought the pricey Rocky train was the only one!

  13. Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi says:

    You have had some amazing experiences – more than most people ever might!

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