What are some of the most expensive travel destinations?
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Money is no object for some travelers who can choose to go wherever their curiosity takes them. These lucky vagabonds have an unlimited budget that matches their sense of adventure. They can enjoy the most highly rated experience possible paired with the best accommodations for the area, top-rated food and drink that reflect a region’s culture, and on-site experiences that let them experience as much as possible about a city or country or let them enjoy some pampering and relaxation.
So where do these travelers visit? Below is a list of seven of the most expensive places in the world for tourists.
In Oslo, things are more expensive. Expect to find that everything that you enjoy costs about 20 percent more than what you’d pay for the same thing elsewhere in Western Europe.
This Scandanavian country regularly makes lists of the most expensive places to visit. That’s not surprising once you take the time to consider why. The area sits on incredibly rich oil-reserves that provide enough wealth to make residents used to enjoying the good life. As a result, Norway’s capital city is a thriving cultural hub with museums, shops, restaurants, and luxurious accommodations full of amenities and northern hospitality. This hub is also expensive, you can expect to find that everything you enjoy costs about 20 percent more than what you’d pay for the same thing elsewhere in Western Europe and as much as 70 percent higher when compared to average costs globally.
Often, tourists find that in Oslo, the higher costs are worth it. When you visit the city, visitors have proximity to exciting day trips that let them explore stunning scenery along with the region’s Viking heritage. They can explore small Norweigan towns near waterways with colorful rooftops, or visit the site of an archeological dig. Alternately, they can simply take a break from exploring and soak in the city’s unique atmosphere.
Anyplace that is known for high-end watches and jewelry, fine chocolate, boarding schools, spas, luxury ski vacations, and premium banking is bound to be expensive to visit. In this area, Switzerland doesn’t disappoint. However, travelers also won’t be disappointed in the experience that they’ll get when they spend their unlimited budget on travel there. After all, there’s a reason why this is one of Europe’s most pleasurable cities.
Zurich is one city that has as much to offer in the winter as it does in the warmer months.
In Zurich, costs for a four-star hotel room can range upwards of $300 a night, the costs for a cocktail or a beer can be $11 a pop, and a cab ride to get a visitor home after their evening out is $40.
Once they’re in the city, there is a lot that can take a visitor’s mind off of the cost of their trip. This is one city that has as much to offer in the winter as it does in the warmer months with lots of outdoor activities to enjoy during the day, options for pampering and relaxation at any moment, and luxurious fine dining and drinks to pass the time at night.
New York, New York
For decades, New York City has been considered one of the most expensive places in the world to visit. Even though the value of the USD is changing compared to other countries, the “city that never sleeps” remains pretty pricey.
One of the reasons the city is so expensive is that it remains the hub of multiple high-end industries including fashion, banking, media/news, and food/entertainment. With these industries, the cost of daily living is expensive here and the cost of a traveler’s visit follows suit. In this city, meals as small as a juice drink can start at $10 USD, with bar drinks ranging from $15 to $20 and full sit-down meals at an average restaurant starting at $20. Hotel rooms are equally costly, a mid-range hotel will set travelers back $350 per night.
Looking for an excursion? A ride on the city’s famed double-decker buses can come in at $65 a person while even a single trip to the top of the famed Empire State Building is priced at $38 per person when bought without any promotional deals. Going out for a romantic dinner? The price for the night, including the restaurant, after dinner drinks, and a cab can cost more than $500.
With huge amounts of oil wealth to bolster its economy, many middle eastern countries have been booming in the last decade. No city epitomizes this wealth more than the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The city’s wealth is on display everywhere and it retains any number of cultural bragging rights including the fact that its skyline is graced by what is currently the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Kalifa. The city also has a large and fully functioning manmade island just offshore.
With all of its wealth on display, it is no surprise that Dubai is an expensive place to visit. In fact, this city that is a playground for the rich is clearly all about spending money. Visitors enjoy the finest meals, day trips on yachts, luxurious hotels, and the finest food and drink. While a tourism cost calculation website indicates that visitors should plan to spend about $290 each day while they’re there, it is easy to see how visitors could quickly scale up from this amount.
Nowhere else has the Eifel Tower, the Moulon Rogue or cafes with red wine and luxurious cheeses. Nowhere else has the Louvre or access to the French countryside.
Paris is the city of romance. Like love, it can get a bit pricey. However, it is beautiful and overflowing with history, food, wine, shopping, art, and culture. For many, a visit to Paris can be life-changing.
The city makes the most of its worldwide reputation as a tourist destination and visitors can expect premium pricing as a result. An average night in one of the city’s hotels can reach $360 per day. Food options, ranging from streetside cafes to premium restaurants, can also be pricey at a level that is on par with New York City.
However, with those costs, you are receiving the full experience of a crown-jewel European city. Nowhere else has the Eifel Tower, the Moulon Rogue or cafes with red wine and luxurious cheeses. Nowhere else has the Louvre or access to the French countryside. If you want to go to Paris, there’s a cost, but there’s also a richly rewarding trip.
Even though it is smaller, it still can be pricey. Hotels can reach as high as several thousand dollars for a seven-night stay.
A trip through Tuscany is firmly placed in many traveler’s bucket lists, particularly as an alternative to more bustling (and potentially crowded and stressful) cities like Rome or Venice. Exploring wineries, farmhouses, and small towns by bicycle or with an intimate tour group is a dream adventure. Even though it is smaller, it still can be pricey. Hotels can reach as high as several thousand dollars for a seven-night stay and tourists are likely going to need to spend on car rental since the mass transit options found in bigger cities aren’t easily available.
Food prices can actually vary in Tuscany, depending on where you’re planning to eat, so this aspect of your vacation doesn’t have to contribute to your skyrocketing costs, although you may want to splurge a bit and make the most of dining opportunities there.
These beautiful islands are a tropical getaway for the jet-set and their pricing proves it. However, if you’re looking for relaxation, pampering, and the chance to enjoy the sun near warm ocean waters, this is the destination to choose.
In one resort, there are 17 exquisite vacation villas that line the island’s beaches. Each of these is rentable by the day, with a daily cost that starts at $3,000 USD and a minimum three-night stay.
For many people, the main focus of a Seychelles vacation is the luxurious island of Fregate, which includes one resort with 17 exquisite vacation villas that line the island’s beaches. Each of these is rentable by the day, with a cost that starts at $3,000 USD for each day and a minimum 3-night stay. However, with the rental, you receive everything imaginable in a dream vacation. Beach access, privacy, jungle adventures with a guided hike and infinity pools.
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