Top Tips for Booking a Luxury Vacation

Save money and time, while scoring world-class perks.

Summer's close enough that we can taste it. Have you booked your vacation yet? If not, you'll want to read this. Actually, even if you have, you'll still want to read it. The luxury-travel experts over at Insight Guides have assembled these tips to consider before you book your luxury vacation, so you'll always leave disappointment far in the rear-view mirror.

Follow airlines and luxury travel companies on social media

Airlines and luxury-travel companies often advertise insanely cheap last-minute deals, so you need to stay in the loop. Don't believe us? STA Travel recently gave the first 49 customers to respond to a deal return flights to Bangkok for $72. That's right: $72. Subscribe to as many newsletters as you can, too – you can always just unsubscribe afterward if they don't pay off.

Beat jet lag

Everyone knows that jet lag is the bane. But it's actually easy to remedy. Studies suggest that making minor adjustments to your sleep cycle in the days before you travel make a huge difference. If you're heading east, begin sleeping earlier, even if just 30 minutes each time; if you're heading west, go to sleep a little later. Eating is also a natural and effective way to set your body clock, as is taking melatonin supplements, which are available over the counter at most pharmacies.

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Go with a luxury travel company, who will do the legwork for you

Chances are you don't have hours to budget for painstakingly researching your ideal private vacation. Luxury-travel companies such as Insight Guides have vast networks of local connections in destinations all over the world. So get them to do the legwork for you and create your own tailor-made, private vacation, packed with authentic experiences. Their experts know the best places to eat, the best sights to see, the best places to go and when to go.

Take a couple of days off when you return home

This one's a bit of a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people fly home at midnight and are back in the office at 9am. Just as it takes you a few days to relax and wind down at the beginning of your vacation, it's important to ease yourself back into work. Both your health and your productivity will benefit. Why not plan to return home on a Friday, and spent the weekend relaxing and unpacking?

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