Luxury Travel Activities Only the Richest Can Afford


Have you ever wondered what the richest people do for their vacations and holidays? Let’s take a look at some the extravagant trips only the richest among us can afford.
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– [Narrator] A 20 year research study by psychology professor
Dr. Thomas Gilovich led him to conclude that
we get more enjoyment out of experiences than purchasing material possessions, and it makes sense. Spending a couple hundred
dollars to go traveling with your friends for a short break is far more fun than spending that money on this overpriced pair of
jeans that makes it look like you've been rolling
around in the mud. But what if you're part of the 1%? What kind of adventures do they enjoy that the rest of us will never experience? Let's take a look at some
of the extravagant trips only the richest among us can afford. (energizing music) (pops) Number 10, the Royal Malwane
Safari in South Africa. Greater Kruger National Park is the largest national park in South Africa. It features 7,500 square miles of reserves and 147 different species,
including the Big Five, lions, leopards, rhinos,
elephants, and the African buffalo. But the wealthy won't be
pitching tents when they visit. They'll be visiting the Royal Malwane, a stunning series of
refurbished historic houses that provide the finest
in luxury accommodations. It's one of the nicest
places to stay in Africa. Nine to 12 people can stay for close to $23,000 a night in the farm stand, and get access to two
vehicles for private safaris. A private game ranger and a
tracker at the front of the car directs the safaris for guests
staying in the farm stand. But if you're extremely popular, you can just rent out the entire place, which sleeps up to 32 guests
for over $51,000 a night. Magnificent views surround each room, so guests don't need to go on a safari to take in all the natural beauty. Elton John's favorite
lodge at the Africa House includes six naturally lit bedrooms and an outdoor walk-in shower. Sir Elton compared the showers to a car wash because of its size. Number nine, flying to space. Money expands the dreams of the rich beyond the planet we currently inhabit, and Richard Branson wants to be the one to help those higher earners
fulfill those dreams. Virgin Galactic is preparing
to send the wealthy to space for an upfront cost of $250,000. Flights are limited to
six people per flight. Many celebrities have
signed on to participate, including Tom Hanks, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Brad Pitt, Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ashton Kutcher. The trip is expected to
last two and a half hours, which means every minute in
the air will be costing $1,500. That would leave passengers
with just long enough to experience zero gravity and the breathtaking views of the planet. The cost also includes
three days of training at Spaceport America, New Mexico. I wonder how many real
life astronauts out there laugh when they read three
days of training for space. As for the current progress of
this rich person experience, so far Virgin Galactic has
run numerous test flights. The fifth test flight sent
actual passengers into space, though both on board
were actual astronauts, and Branson plans to fly
on his own on July 11, 2019 in honor of the 50th anniversary of man's first flight to the
moon aboard Apollo 11. That's a bold and daring thing
to do from the billionaire. I say we send some flat
earthers up there instead. Number eight, visiting
Antarctica in luxury. Most people who visit the frozen continent are scientists doing research. They camp in the brutally
cold and frozen landscape of Antarctica for weeks
or months at a time, doing their underappreciated work. Most normal people avoid
going to Antarctica because they want to avoid
the dreaded Drake Passage, which is one of the most treacherous and dangerous bodies
of water in the world. But some of the wealthiest don't have to worry too much about that, since they can endure it in pure luxury. There are two expensive, but more than comfortable ways to see
the frozen continent. The first one is aboard a cruise ship from Silversea Cruises, prices range from $13,000 for a 10 day cruise to around $29,000 for an 18 day cruise, and these are for the cheapest rooms. There are typically waiting
lists for the largest rooms, but the third largest on the 18 day cruise will set you back over $60,000,
that's over $3,000 a night. No wonder then that a butler is assigned to serve each suite. Daily activities include whale and seal watching in the Greek Passage, a Zodiac Watercraft trip to
the South Georgia Island, spectacular views of
glaciers, and a team of marine biologists and historians
to guide the entire journey. For a more personal and even
more expensive experience, EYOS Expeditions offer a 12
person luxury yacht adventure. This trip is more action
oriented than the cruise. Adventures include closeup
encounters with icebergs, skiing, hiking, and exclusive
wildlife excursions, like getting close to
whales in a small boat. Yacht expeditions vary in
price, depending on the boat, but one example is the
recently chartered Legend, which books one week trips
for $28,500 per person. Number seven, purchasing
islands for private vacations. If you've got the money, why
even bother taking the chance of having to bump shoulders
with the pesky peasant class? Instead, buy your own island and vacation there whenever you want. Buying islands is almost a
right of passage for celebrities to show just how successful they are. For example, Eddie
Murphy spent $15 million on Rooster Cay in the Bahamas in 2007, and Mel Gibson spent nine million dollars on Mago Island in Fiji in 2005. Some celebrities don't just buy islands for their own pleasure, they purchase them with the purpose of
making even more money. Richard Branson purchased Necker Island and offers it as a resort destination for $5,000 a night for the rooms and $7,500 a night for the master suite. And David Copperfield sells vacation spots for Musha Cay, the island
he owns out in the Bahamas. Up to 24 guests can book lodging for $42,000 to $60,000 a night. Talk about the rich getting richer. Number six, touring
the Silk Road by train. Are any of you history buffs? Now can you imagine if you
were a wealthy history buff? Well, if you can't, I'll
paint the picture for you. Wealthy history buffs can take a train and tour the original Silk Road. The Silk Road was an ancient
network of trade routes that connected the east to the west and has been vitally important to cultural integration over the centuries. During this history
themed trip, history nerds can visit multiple UNESCO
World Heritage Sites. They take a 21 day journey by
train from Moscow to Beijing with a personal attendant
and world class meals daily. They also stay at five star
hotels for certain stops, for anywhere from $25,000 to $100,000. Sounds like a better way to experience 4,000 miles of history than the original inhabitants of the trail experienced. Number five, dive the
wreckage of the Titanic. Continuing with the history buff theme, another expensive and popular
journey takes its guests to where history's most
infamous ship met its demise. For about $60,000, tourists
board a sub that takes them down to view the remains
of the ill-fated ship. The sub takes nine passengers
down close to 20,000 feet to view the remaining wreckage. A crew of experts leads the journey as guests see the ship's deck
and get an exceptional view of where the ship's signature feature once set, its grand staircase. The cost also includes meals,
12 days of accommodations, and lectures with the experts guiding guests through the wreckage. The tour takes less than
half a year to sell out. So, winning the lottery might
get you on the sub by 2021. Number four, visit the
world's cultural treasures. Abercrombie and Kent offers
various trips on private jets. One of these trips provides
travelers with a series of once in a lifetime
experiences spanning eight cities over 23 days, form the Far East to Europe. For $129,000, travelers visit
locations that include Japan, Mongolia, the Himalayas,
Abu Dhabi, and Sicily. Guests participate in a
Zen meditation session, a private calligraphy lesson in Mongolia, visit the Taj Mahal, tour an ancient Greek theater in Sicily, and much more. And I haven't even mentioned
accommodations on the flight, which includes lie-flat first class seats, a world class chef,
and on-board physician. Number three, the water elevator
at the Grand Wailea resort. The Grand Wailea luxury resort in Maui caters to the wealthy clientele
who aren't in the business of dropping five and six figure
costs for their adventures. But that doesn't mean that
the Grand Wailea comes cheap. Guests can count on dropping
$600 to $2,500 a night plus a resort fee, and that's
not counting airfare to Maui if they want to enjoy the
luxuries of the Grand Wailea. And that's even if you can book a room. The Grand Wailea fills
up quickly, so guests must book their stay months
or even years in advance. The novelty that might explain the resort's popularity
is the water elevator. The resort features pools so
far down in Wailea Canyon, which is partially on the
Grand Wailea property, that you need an elevator to
get back to the ground floor. The elevator also takes you to
one of the many water slides amongst the Grand Wailea's nine pools. Those pools vary from adventure
seeking to family friendly, with the family friendly aspect of the Grand Wailea
one of its prime draws. But why are we kidding ourselves? The water elevator, that is
the real reason people fly seven hours across the
Pacific Ocean to visit this particular resort on
the gorgeous island of Maui. Number two, 150 countries
for 1.5 million dollars. Back in 2013, the now-defunct
VeryFirstTo.com made an offer they never thought anyone
would take them up on. A two year trip covering 150 countries and 962 UNESCO World Heritage
Sites for 1.5 million dollars. But someone did take
them up on their offer. A PhD student from China
called and booked a trip that was planned for
2014, though I don't have any confirmation on whether
he actually made the trip. For 1.5 million dollars,
the unnamed man would fly business class and stay in the
best hotels around the world, but the man would be constantly moving, visiting two sites a day. The man also brought
a partner on the trip, at least the trip agreement
allowed for him to do so. VeryFirstTo.com also booked one other trip for an Italian businessman and received 15 inquiries from prospective clients. To put all this into context, let's list the things you could do
for the cost of this trip. Take yourself and six friends on Virgin Galactic's space flight, two weeks on board the
Superyacht Northern Star, four weeks on Richard
Branson's private island, a month on board a private plane, 57 nights in Hugh Hefner's Sky Villa, four years living in a
junior suite in the Savoy, 743 week long romantic vacations on the Danube with Viking River Cruises, 24 years of trips aboard P&O's
Asia Grand Adventure Cruise, live in a Travelodge for 31 years, or stay in a London
hostel for 47,000 days. Number one, passport to 50. Now this one is by far,
the most expensive, and while the trip was not as
long as our number two choice, it's the mode of travel that
made this trip exceptional. Back in 2017, Dream Maker Travel
offered a private jet trip, 50 signature experiences
for $14 million dollars. The private jet took guests to 20 cities in 20 days for 50 signature experiences. The 50 signature experiences brand themselves with examples including the blessings of 50 monks,
and 50,000 lotus petals. And what types of activities were flyers participating on in this flight? Well, how about yoga sessions, a $500,000 poker tournament, and fashion shows. And this flight includes
a master sommelier to serve and provide
drink recommendations. Keep in mind, there are
only 256 master sommeliers in the entire world, and one of that exclusive group worked on this flight. I don't even think I have to
tell you this flight features food and sleeping accommodations
that are top of the line. At least for $14 million
dollars, they'd better be. But portions of the
proceeds went to charity, so I guess that helped passengers justify dropping $14 million dollars
for a long plane flight. What I don't understand is why Jeff Bezos doesn't just live the rest
of his life like this. He has enough money to be on this trip for about 547 years
before his cash runs out. Anybody else feel poorer
after hearing that list? I know, it can be a bit depressing to hear just what kind of
experiences are available to those who can afford to go wherever they want to go in the
finest accommodations. Which trip would you most like to go on? Let me know in the comments down below and thanks for watching! (relaxing music)

44 thoughts on “Luxury Travel Activities Only the Richest Can Afford”

  1. EARTH IS FLAT.
    Virgin Galactic is a joke they always claim stuff and never actually do it. mebbe because we CANT get to "space." or maybe they're just busy making viewing windows that can make the horizon seem curved when it's not.
    Antarctica. for that insane money take my to the edge of the flat earth! of course they would NEVER do it, the reason for the unbreakable Antarctic Treaty in the first place.

  2. The Left is a Water Elevator in a resort in Wahela (spelled wrong) on Maui, in Hawaii. At the time, is was and probably still is the world’s only elevator powered by Water Pressure.
    It’s free to ride, but you need to pay for the resort. I’ve been on it and, although it might be slow, it sure is effective.
    Anyways, I would definitely recommend going to the Hawaiian Islands if you can afford it. Also, there are some cute Geckos there, they don’t do much besides keep insects away, but don’t worry about them. They’re tiny.
    Fun fact: the resort is built to look like a Turtle.

  3. I don't envy rich people cause they can't bring money and material possessions with them after they die and since they can't buy their way into heaven I follow what Paul the Apostle said once many years ago "and having food and raiment let us be there with content."

  4. Even if I had the dough… apart from perhaps the flight into space, and maybe the dive down to the Titanic, I would never, not for one second, even consider wasting that sort of money on any of the others.

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