Trust me, being a diva in debt doesn’t make for a good vacation. You need to find a way to balance champagne tastes with a mac and cheese budget.
In general, travelling outside of peak season makes hotel rates much more affordable. A beautiful hotel I had my eye on in a popular summer vacation destination climbed from $180 a night (end of February, off-season rates) to $520 in July. That’s an extreme example, but if you have some flexibility in when you can travel, a quiet summer getaway to a ski resort or a sizzling summer Southern escape can give you the chance to stay in upscale digs at a bargain price.
If affordable luxury sounds like an oxymoron, read on for a change in perspective. Each of these accommodation options offer luxurious touches at prices that won’t leave your credit card gasping for relief.