Some of the things that really helped improve the experiences were the little upgrades sprinkled along the journey. Here’s a few that I recently partook in, and that I highly recommend for your next getaway.
There is nothing more relieving than passing through customs after a long overnight flight to Europe and seeing a driver standing there with a sign bearing your last name. One of the last things you need when you arrive is trying to figure out transportation in a different country with a different language. Similarly, transfer for the trip back to the airport. Private transfers also help to guarantee a top notch vehicle with excellent service, without the meter running.
I’ve done this for a domestic train ride from Anaheim to San Diego, but I also recently did this for our train from Paris to Avignon. The group I was with accidentally went to second class seats first, before realizing we were in the wrong area. Once we corrected, oh what a difference. The first class car was quieter, seats were more spacious, and much nicer too. It made for a very comfortable experience, as well (I napped most of time lol! Jetlag).
3. Flight Upgrades
I was KICKING myself back in July when I went to Europe for not upgrading to at least roomier seats. This time around I did, to Delta Comfort Plus, and it was amazing! Not only did I have more spacious seats onboard, but I was also one of the first passengers able to board the plane and get situated. This also meant I was guaranteed space for my luggage in the designated overhead bins.
4. Cabin Upgrade
Just saying–I don’t think I can do any cruise cabin that doesn’t have a balcony now. The past 6 months of only balcony cabins has spoiled me, but also, in our current times, does it really make sense to go with a cabin that doesn’t offer fresh air with a view? My personal opinion, nope! It is especially worth it now, to upgrade my view and get that balcony for private peace and sanity time, without having to share with the other passengers.
5. Pre/post Cruise Extension(s)
I’ve always recommended this, but man, if this is not one of the most useful things you can do for yourself, especially pre-cruise internationally. Jetlag can be a beast and I just could not imagine starting to combat it on the first day of my luxury cruise. Do yourself the favor and give yourself a day. Similarly, if possible, give yourself a day to decompress before a 24 hour travel day (this was me this month, and the day after I felt like I got run over by bus!).
Timing was not in my favor this time around, but I just remember back in July when it was so nice to have a down day in Switzerland before returning back to the states. I learned my lesson this month.
For me, these little upgrades are less about spending additional money and more about making sure I’m improving my experience and comfort throughout my journey. Something else I upgraded for my Virgin Voyage was to a larger cabin that provided a larger bathroom, and that was one of the best investments that I made. What other upgrades do you like to make when you are traveling?
Rita m. Perez is a member of the American Society of Travel Advisors and the cruise lines international association, in addition to being an independent affiliate of nexion travel group. She is a FL Seller of Travel TI54156