If the time has come to start planning your extended travel trip – the one that you’ve been dreaming about taking for years, then you’re most probably feeling incredibly excited as well as a little anxious. The fact is that traveling the world is one of the most amazing things that you can do, but that doesn’t mean that it’s for everyone. The most common thing that puts people off of traveling for extended periods is the idea that you can’t travel in style or live in luxury while seeing the world. However, that’s not the case – if you’re smart about how you plan your trip, you can quite easily spend the entire time living and traveling in luxury.


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One of the most popular destinations for an extended trip is Malaysia, because not only is there plenty to see and do here, but also because it’s such a beautiful place. It’s a combination of bustling cities, colonial architecture, and relaxed beach islands, as well as wild jungles, packed full of orangutans, mountain peaks, and ancient tribes. Malaysia is a diverse place, but if there’s one thing that unites the nation it’s the food – the food here is to die for. Malaysian food brings together an array of cultures: there’s Chinese buffets, Indian curries, Dayak specialties, and even an array of Western foods.


Malaysia might be an amazing country, but the question is, what is it like to visit for an extended period and is it possible to live in luxury? Believe it or not, visiting and exploring Malaysia for an extended period can easily be made into a luxurious trip, it’s just a case of planning.


Charter a Jet

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One of the worst parts about traveling anywhere is the stress that comes with flying. There’s the rush to get to the airport on time, check in and security to get through; then there are hours of waiting to board the plane. There really is nothing less luxurious than plane travel, unless you opt to hire a private jet or charter a plane, that is. If you want to ensure that your trip runs smoothly from the get-go, choosing to hire a private jet or charter a plane could be the answer. No check in queuing, no long security lines, no waiting around – traveling will be much more enjoyable. If you really want to travel in style, then traveling privately is the answer. Or, if your budget won’t stretch that far, traveling in first class is a must.


Book Private Transfers

There’s nothing worse than arriving somewhere after traveling for hours, only to have to get on a crowded, hot coach. Instead of booking shared transfers – a disaster of a choice, opt to book private transfers. As that way, you and your travel buddies can travel in comfort and style. For each flight that you book while you’re traveling around Malaysia, ensure that you also book private transfers. You’ll enjoy your trip more if you do.


Rent an Apartment

When it comes to selecting where you’re staying, take your time to find that perfect place. Don’t rush into booking any old place, because the accommodation that you select can make or break your trip, so it’s crucial that you get it right. Staying in a fancy hotel is all well and good, but when you’re staying in one place for an extended period, it’s much better to look at accommodation options that offer more space. Villas are often a great option as they give you everything that you could possibly want from a place to stay, from a pool to beautiful views. That being said, it’s also worth looking at apartments for rent, to see whether an apartment could offer you more for your money and a better overall experience. Even if money is no issue, you still want to ensure that you’re getting the best deal for the amount that you’re spending. If you’re planning on spending longer than a month in one part of Malaysia, renting an apartment could be a better option than booking into a hotel or staying in a villa, both in terms of cost and facilities.


Book in Advance

To ensure that you are able to make the most amazing memories and have the most incredible experiences while in Malaysia, it pays to book in advance. From making reservations at all the finest eateries weeks in advance to booking your tickets for the best excursions and sightseeing opportunities beforehand, if you want to explore Malaysia in luxury you need to book in advance. Say, for example, you want to go diving at Sipadan Island, to be able to spend the day or a couple of days diving off a luxury yacht, you need to book in advance. Malaysia is a popular travel destination, and so, things tend to get quickly booked up. Or, say you wanted to see the orangutans in the forest, to get a private guided tour you would need to book in advance. Because of how popular Malaysia is, if there is anything that you are dying to see or do, it’s worth booking it beforehand, to ensure that you’re not left disappointed. This is especially important if you’re keen to book an experience that is incredibly popular or that is only offered to a small group of people at a time, such as a helicopter tour of Mount Kinabalu National Park.


Believe it or not, wherever you opt to travel to on an extended trip, be it New Zealand or Malaysia, it is possible to live and travel in luxury. It’s just a case of having a high budget, taking the time to book things in advance, and being willing to do plenty of planning. Don’t be put off of extended travel because you’re under the impression that you can’t travel in luxury and have an enjoyable time because that’s not the case. Traveling in style and living in luxury while you’re away is easily doable, it just comes down to being a good planner.