There are many, many fantastic places to visit all around the globe. Some destinations are more coveted than others; some are known tourist traps while others are underrated escapes. Heading to new places allows us to escape the mundane of our everyday lives, discover new cultures and learn more about the world we inhabit. You could pick just about anywhere on the globe and find an exciting locale.
Unless, of course, you’re fortunate enough to have deep pockets. Then you’re likely going to want to take a trip that shows off just how much cash you have to burn while the rest of us only dream about taking off to a private resort island where villa rentals run in the thousands of dollars per night. While some of these locations might justify their cost, many can be matched by less expensive comparison options. Here are 10 of the most expensive destinations on the face of the earth:
Much like New York, Paris has become a destination for many travelers. With a long history and an influential role in the shaping of both Europe and the New World, Paris has also earned a reputation as a city of romance; helped by the city’s quaint café culture, the French love of pastries, wine and chocolate and images of the iconic Eiffel Tower lit up in night. Adding to Paris’s appeal is the number of royal castles and lavish cathedrals, many dating from the Middle Ages, that offer history buffs, architecture enthusiasts and even the average tourist an exciting sight-seeing adventure.
But all of that has culminated in Paris becoming one of the world’s most expensive tourist destinations. Banking on its reputation as being lavish and romantic, Paris hotels tend to go all out—which means that they also come with a hefty price tag. Some historical residences, including palaces, have been converted to hotels. One hotel charges around $26,000 for the privilege of staying just one night with them. Step outside your hotel though and you’ll see the other side of Paris: dirty streets, aggressive street sellers and homeless beggars that will make you question how you spend your money.
Contrary to common belief, Fiji isn’t just 1 island, but actually a series of 332 islands! Fiji has become renowned as one of the best destinations in the South Pacific—and as one of the most exclusive. Not only is the country regarded as a pristine island retreat with a keen sense of preservation of nature, it’s renowned for its natural beauty and its remoteness.
On this list, exclusivity and remoteness adds up to a recipe for an overpriced vacation stay. While you might be able to get to the main islands relatively cheaply, many of the smaller islands in the nation are actually privately owned, either by individuals or by resort companies—and most of them charge exorbitant amounts. One example is Mantangi Island, a horseshoe-shaped volcanic island that encompasses all of 240 acres. Visit the beach, do some snorkeling and diving and hike through the island rainforest. At the end of a long day, relax in the outdoor Jacuzzi and the lava rock shower. Some would argue that luxury of this sort is a steal, but with rates starting at just over $600 a night, this lavish escape is unlikely to fit many travelers’ budgets.
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