We might not all be able to afford private jets and chauffeured cars but we can still enjoy a touch of the champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget. If you feel like you want to inject a little glamour into your travel then you can do it for cheaper than you might think. Here are some of the ways you can travel like a celeb no matter what your travel budget might be.
One of the first things you can do is enter competitions. There are competitions all the time to win 5-star holidays in luxury resorts and it is normally completely free to enter. All you need to do is put in your details and you might have a shot at winning!
Winning such a competition could set you up for the holiday of a lifetime. It is not uncommon to see packages worth thousands of pounds being given away as prizes. You could get a week's all-inclusive stay in a luxury hotel, plus spending money and more. All you potentially need to do in response is a little promo work for the brand sending you but it should not take more than an hour or two. If you are searching for a way to get a once-in-a-lifetime trip for very little, this could be a way to do it.
Sign Up for Discount Sites
If you don't mind putting your own money towards it, why not sign up for a discount site? There are sites out there which cater exclusively to massive discounts for luxury getaways. You may be constrained by certain dates or times but it can be a great way for you to pick up a stay in an amazing place you otherwise might not be able to afford.
Keep an eye out for flash sales and other even bigger discounts you can use. Who knows what kind of a deal you might be able to score if you are ready to search for it? A holiday of luxury might be easier to grab than you think.
Dress Like the Celebs at the Airport
How many celebrities do you see arriving at the airport done up to the nines? Very few. Celebs would much rather don cosy sweatpants and other items rather than dig out their couture for check-in. You should seek to emulate this.
Whether you go designer or budget, there are many stylish clothing pieces on the market which you can invest in for the airport. Anything loose and comfortable will keep you happy no matter how long your flight is. You should also choose shoes that will slip on and off. This will be useful both at security and once you are on the plane and ready to make yourself comfortable.
Check with your airline to see whether or not they will allow you a second, smaller piece of carry-on like a handbag. Even if they don't, there are many attractive backpacks and other bags you could use to store your things for the plane. Think about taking a spare shirt if you can. Being able to change after the flight will help you to feel instantly refreshed.
Finish off your perfect airport outfit with a pair of statement sunglasses. There might not be any paparazzi waiting for you but that does not mean you can't have a little fun and play a small game of make-believe.
Make the Journey Stress-free
When was the last time you saw a celebrity get frazzled at the airport? Even travelling through major hubs like Heathrow Terminal 5, they can stay cool and collected. It is very easy to take a leaf out of their book and relax a little while travelling, even with something as simple as Terminal 5 Heathrow airport parking.
It is actually very easy to find Heathrow parking at T5, even if you are travelling one of the busiest days. All you need is a little foresight and some planning. Thanks to Heathrow Parking, you can pre-book a parking space. Simply turn up on the day and park in your designated parking space before breezing into the terminal. This system is perfect for anyone who doesn't like to get flustered when they travel. If you would rather chill out and take the airport at a leisurely pace, this might be the right sort of thing for you. Take some of the stress out of parking at the airport now. It is just what you need to start a holiday in style.
Treat Yourself in Duty-Free
Duty-free shopping is one of the major perks of flying and you can pick up so many amazing things here. From cosmetics to fragrance, if you need to pick up something special then you might find it here. Depending on where you live, duty-free shopping might be one of the few chances you get to pick up a fragrance and test it first. Airports have many designer brands which you simply might not be able to test out back home. Take a look and see what is available. If you find something you really like, treat yourself.
Starting the holiday with a treat from duty-free is the perfect way to kick things off. Make sure you leave enough time to properly have a look around and search everywhere. It might be very upsetting if you have to abandon a purchase halfway through because you need to run for your gate instead.
Take as Many Photos as You Can
One of the things which can truly make us envy the celebrity lifestyle is looking at all of the amazing photos they post on apps like Instagram. If you are going somewhere particularly Insta-worthy, it is time to get snap-happy.
Within this, make sure that you are taking photos which make you happy. From places all around you to photos of you and your travelling companion, your happiness should be at the forefront of your mind. Don't take photos for likes on Instagram or for validation. Take them to record the memories and the experiences you are currently having. If you want to get a little bit better at taking pictures, look up some free online tips which will help you with framing and editing. With a few small changes, you will start taking amazing photos which will be worthy of any Instagram post.
Have Fun with It
Pretending to be a celebrity when you travel is nothing more than a bit of fun. If you are able to plan your trip well, you can score some awesome discounts which can see you heading all over the world on beautiful adventures. Take the time to properly investigate everything you could find online and grab those deals where you can find them. It might be easier than you think to book a luxurious holiday which will be the envy of all your friends.
With the right planning and a smart attitude, why not even aim to make every holiday a celebrity experience. Before you know it, you could be going away to beautiful destinations whenever you can. Holidays are a chance to indulge in some escapism, so there is no reason why you cannot dictate what form this escapism takes.
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Help! I Might Get Fired!
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
What's the best way to be prepared for a layoff? Because of the crisis, I am worried that my company is going to let me go soon, what can I do to be prepared? Is now a good time to send resumes? Should I save money? Redesign my website? Be proactive at work? Make myself non-disposable?
- Restless & Jobless
Dear Restless & Jobless,
I'm sorry that you're feeling anxious about your employment status. There are many people like yourself in this pandemic who are navigating an uncertain future, many have already lost their jobs. In my experience as a former professional recruiter for almost a decade, I always told my candidates the importance of periodically being passively on the market. This way, you'd know your worth, and you'd be able to track the market rates that may have changed over time, and sometimes even your job title which might have evolved unbeknownst to you.
This is a great time to reach out to your network, update your online professional presence (LinkedIn etc.), and send resumes. Though I'm not a fan of sending a resume blindly into a large database. Rather, talk to friends or email acquaintances and have them directly introduce you to someone who knows someone at a list of companies and people you have already researched. It's called "working closest to the dollar."
Here's a useful article with some great COVID-times employment tips; it suggests to "post ideas, articles, and other content that will attract and engage your target audience—specifically recruiters." If you're able to, try to steer away from focusing too much on the possibility of getting fired, instead spend your energy being the best you can be at work, and also actively being on the job market. Schedule as many video calls as you can, there's nothing like good ol' face-to-face meetings to get yourself on someone's radar. If your worries get the best of you, I recommend you schedule time with a qualified therapist. When you're ready, lean into that video chat and werk!
- The Armchair Psychologist
HELP! AM I A FRAUD?
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I'm an independent consultant in NYC. I just filed for unemployment, but I feel a little guilty collecting because a) I'm not looking for a job (there are none anyway) and b) the company that will pay just happens to be the one that had me file a W2 last year; I've done other 1099 work since then.
I'm sorry that you're wracked with guilt. It's admirable that your conscience is making you re-evaluate whether you are entitled to "burden the system" so to speak as a state's unemployment funds can run low. Shame researchers, like Dr. Brené Brown, believe that the difference between shame and guilt is that shame is often rooted in the self/self-worth and is often destructive whereas guilt is based on one's behavior and compels us to do better. "I believe that guilt is adaptive and helpful – it's holding something we've done or failed to do up against our values and feeling psychological discomfort."
Your guilt sounds like a healthy problem. Many people feel guilty about collecting unemployment benefits because of how they were raised and the assumption that it's akin to "seeking charity." You're entitled to your unemployment benefits, and it was paid into a fund for you by your employer with your own blood, sweat, and tears. Also, you aren't committing an illegal act. The benefits are there to relieve you in times when circumstances prevent you from having a job. Each state may vary, but the NY State Department of Labor requires that you are actively job searching. The Cares Act which was passed in March 2020 also may provide some relief. I recommend that you collect the relief you need but to be sure that you meet the criteria by actively searching for a job just in case anyone will hire you.
- The Armchair Psychologist