How to book an influencer-style holiday without the massive price tag

Since the coronavirus pandemic started, many of us have been unable to venture abroad due to strict travel restrictions. With restrictions now easing, more and more people are now thinking about where to book their holiday destinations.

© The Beverly Hills Hotel, Dorchester Collection / Booking.com The Beverly Hills Hotel in LA

Lavish trips posted on social media by influencers may be at the top of many wish lists, but often these are out of reach with a celebrity price tag attached – not forgetting the increase in rising travel costs. Doing the hard work for you, Asda Money has pulled together some of the most desirable destinations commonly visited by influencers, with alternative money-saving options and tips for going overseas to help get the most from any holiday bookings.

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The locations include top holiday spots from around the world, including Mexico, Italy, Los Angeles, The Maldives and more. Here are some of the best money-saving holiday deals in your favourite destinations. Hotel prices are sourced from Booking.com based on one double-bed room booked in early May.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Admiring the sweeping views of the stunning Amalfi coastline in real life may be more affordable than you think. Whether you want to sample the most refined hotels or discover the countless hidden gems, there is an option for you.

Hotels:

Influencer lifestyle – Le Sirenuse, Positano – from £999 per night

On a budget – Hotel Michelangelo – from £117 per night

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Staying in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities is more achievable than people may think. Dubai has a selection of extraordinary hotels and experiences for you to discover, from exhilarating helicopter rides to jaw-dropping rooftop views from the world’s tallest building.

Hotels:

Influencer lifestyle – Bulgari Resort – from £821 per night

On a budget – Dukes The Palm – from £196 per night

Experiences:

Influencer lifestyle – helicopter ride – from £134 per person (pp)

On a budget – At the Top Burj Khalifa – from £29 pp

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Exploring one of the world’s most magnificent walled cities is a must. Depending on your budget, you could choose to immerse yourself in the Total Game of Thrones experience or unwind with nature in the peaceful botanical gardens and glorious beaches.

Hotels:

Influencer lifestyle – Villa Dubrovnik – from £462 per night

On a budget – Villa Orabelle – from £154 per night

Experience:

Influencer lifestyle – Total Game of Thrones experience – from £68 pp

On a budget – Game of Thrones walking tour – from £29 pp

Lisbon, Portugal

With the sun shining 290 days a year, it is no surprise that Lisbon is a favourite amongst holidaymakers. This beautiful historical city has a wealth of hospitality options, attractions, and hotels to suit a range of budgets, tastes and requirements.

Hotels:

Influencer lifestyle – Four Seasons Lisbon – from £550 per night

On a budget – SANA Capitol Hotel – from £93 per night

Food:

Influencer lifestyle – JNcQUOI – £22 pp

On a budget – Floresta das Escadinhas – £6 to £7 pp

Los Angeles, USA

Celebrated for its unique Hollywood glamour and bustling nightlife, there is plenty to discover in this iconic city and an array of budget-friendly restaurants and hotels to enjoy.

Hotels:

Influencer lifestyle – The Beverly Hills Hotel – from £1,221 per night

On a budget – Hotel Angeleno – from £162 per night

Food:

Influencer lifestyle – Nobu, Malibu – £135 pp excluding drinks

On a budget – Ichijiku Sushi – £23 pp excluding drinks

Majorca, Spain

From a selection of delicious restaurants and bars adorning the sun-drenched beaches to grand sailing tours, you will find the activity you want at a price you need in one of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations.

Hotels:

Influencer lifestyle – Cap Rocat Hotel – from £1,009 per night

On a budget – ICON Valparaiso – from £111 per night

Food:

Influencer lifestyle – Marc Fosh – £40 to £76 pp excluding drinks

On a budget – Mercat – £13 – £43 pp excluding drinks

Experience:

Influencer lifestyle – Four-hour sailing experience – from £86 pp

On a budget – Three-hour caves and coastline tour – from £35 pp

Santorini, Greece

Regardless of your budget, Santorini is an ideal choice for your next get-away. This Greek Island offers holidaymakers an abundance of stunning scenery, such as the iconic whitewashed buildings with blue-domed tops – it’s clear to see why travellers go back year after year.

Hotels:

Influencer lifestyle – Elite Luxury Suites, Oia – from £625 per night

On a budget – Laokasti Villas – from £184 per night

Experience:

Influencer lifestyle – Luxury sailing Catamaran cruise – from £125 pp

On a budget – Sailing catamaran cruise – from £73 pp

Bali, Indonesia

Experience the “Land of the Gods” as a budget traveller or luxury holidaymaker. Nestled between the superb beaches and lush rice fields are a range of reasonably priced accommodation, restaurants, and experiences to suit any budget.

Hotel and retreat:

Influencer lifestyle – COMO Shambhala Estate – from £1760 pp for three night retreat

On a budget – Sukhavati – from £993 pp for three day program

The Maldives

While some may feel a holiday in The Maldives will always come with a luxury price tag, a break in this tropical paradise is much more reasonable than you think. You’ll find luxurious accommodation with incredible views to suit various budgets, from economy to first class.

Hotels:

Influencer lifestyle – Kihavah Villas, Anantara – from £1,501 per night

On a budget – Reethi Beach Resort Hotel – from £164 per night

Tulum, Mexico

If you are looking for a unique getaway, Tulum will not disappoint. With its exotic wildlife, ancient ruins, and excellent food and accommodation, you’ll wonder why you have never been before.

Hotels:

Influencer lifestyle – Nerea Tulum – from £233 per night

On a budget – Trece Lunas – from £58 per night

Food:

Influencer lifestyle – ARCA Tulum – from £30 pp excluding drinks

On a budget – ATILA Tulum – £14 to £30 pp excluding drinks