So I frequently find myself crashing in $40-a-night numbers, paneled in fake wood with pretty questionable bedspreads. But! I’ve figured out a few tricks to make this cheap travel feel a bit more posh. Here’s how I do!
How to Make Cheap Travel Feel Luxurious
1. Bring your own decadent, fluffy, clean bedspread and at least one pillow
It’s not really a secret that motels don’t change bedspreads with every customer – pillowcases and sheets, yes. Bedspreads, no. Plus they’re usually shiny and ugly and unfluffy. If you have space in your car, bring your bedspread from home. And if you’re a finicky fancy like me and have Opinions about the proper heft and innards of a pillow, bring at least one of your own. You’ll sleep so, so much better.
2. Bring a scented candle from home
No matter how clean or fancy, motels and hotels usually smell like stale cleaning products with an undertone of cigarette. Gross. Bring a scented candle that you burn at home; it’ll make the room smell nice and homey. Travel candles are particularly nice because they come in a tin and you can just throw them in your bag.
3. Use super luxurious travel size products
Sure, it makes a lot more sense to transfer your usual products to tiny containers. But why not use this as an opportunity try out some super fancy products in trial size. Check out AllTravelSizes.com for tons of great, tiny options or the travel-size section of Sephora.com!
You guys had so many good ideas and comments on the roadtripping post – how do you make cheap-o travel feel a bit nicer?
P.S. If you’re traveling on a budget, but you don’t want to stay in a Motel 6, Airbnb can be a good option. Here’s a $55 credit towards your first booking!