Most of you probably have a bucket list, whether it’s an extremely detailed one or a more general idea of all of the things you’d love to be able to do before it’s too late. Maybe you want to take a cooking class or travel the world? Learn another language or see a famous play?
Whatever’s on your list, I can pretty much guarantee that it pales in comparison to some of the completely outlandish — and totally expensive — items featured on Elite Traveler‘s latest list.
The luxury travel magazine, which can be found in the back of private jets, recently listed 50 of the top adventures that only the rich could ever possibly afford to take. Like taking a day trip to “near space,” (where Earth’s atmosphere meets space), which includes a Michelin-star meal, all for a mere $550,000 USD for four people. Or enjoying a day of bobsledding out in Utah with American silver medalists Valerie Fleming and Shauna Rohbock for $3500 (it’ll cost you another $6000 to stay the night in a fancy suite, though).
Feeling patriotic? Another experience offered is a private helicopter tour of the Canadian Rockies and a seven-night stay in luxurious mountain retreats, all for a cool $6,000 per person. Or, if you’re a movie aficionado and are particularly fond of the James Bond flicks, the Golden Gun package to Phuket, Thailand may be for you. For the tiny, little sum of $55,000 for two people, you can get yourself a three-night stay at a cliffside villa close to where The Man with the Golden Gun was filmed, where a private butler will prepare a shaken — not stirred — martini and you’ll also have access to an on-call chef.
Flight lessons, a bike tour through Scotland, flying in hot air balloons around Turkey and driving across the Dubai dessert also made the Top 50 list, all for prices that could easily get you a downpayment on a house… or in some cases, the entire house itself.
But let’s be honest, if I could afford half of these trips, I would have already taken them. A Darwinian cruise through the Galapagos Islands for $97,800? That would be chump change for a lifetime experience like that if I were a millionaire. Oyster farming in Pyla-Sur-Mer, France for $6,300 per night? I’m a millionaire — the world is my oyster, so sign me up. A four-week trek up Mount Everest starting at just $115,000 per person? I’ll definitely invest in that acclimatizing oxygen tank to hike the famed mountain in record time.
Sadly though, if I — or anyone else — plan on visiting any of these places in the near future, it’ll probably be as a regular guest staying in hostels or Airbnbs. But hey — it’s nice to dream, isn’t it?
Sigh. Looks like my bucket list may be of the “in my dreams” variety after all.