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5 extreme and unaffordable holidays you can be content simply reading about

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When you’re sitting on piles of cash – through whichever way it may be – it can be quite the daunting task to pick the ideal holiday that will match your lavish tastes. Call it a first-world problem, but how can the world’s richest remind themselves that they’re of the 1% when they can’t spend the average person’s lifetime earnings in the span of a few days? 

For all those troubled souls, here are a few holiday ideas to spend thousands, and sometimes millions, of dollars on to keep the celebrity in you alive. 

We hear Antarctica is all the rage today

Tour company White Desert specializes in trips to Antarctica, having done so since around 2005. While most tourist trips to the continent are done at sea’s length from onboard ships, White Desert actually takes its travelers on-land and deep into the arctic landscape.

Starting at $13,500 per seat, you can take a one-day trip from Cape Town, South Africa to Antarctica and back, finishing off the day with a sub-zero picnic. You can hire a charter all for yourself if you’re feeling extra spendy, but that will set you back a $150,000

If you’re looking for a longer stay, $92,500 gets you 8 days at the arctic, a stay at a pseudo-rustic but comfortable camp, and plenty of activities that range from ice tunnel exploration to mountain climbing. Activities are rated by fitness level, denoting which outings are more physically demanding. It is the South Pole after all. 

The inn at the edge of the world

Image: Fogo Island InnAntarctica not remote enough for you? Then how does the end of the world sound? 

Another remote adventure of bone-chilling proportions, book yourself a trip to Fogo Island. Essentially an island off another island, which borders Eastern Canada, it would take you multiple flights from the US alone to make it here. Heading here from somewhere else? Well, prepare those neck pillows. Getting to the edge of the world is a journey in and of itself. 

If commercial flights are not your thing (of course they’re not, who are we kidding), then you can book a private charter to get here, but expect to pay more than a few hundred dollars. A helicopter ride is also an option. 

Other than air, your only other options are by ferry across the water or by car through the island’s beautiful roads, though to get to this point, there’s no escaping some air time. Regardless of what you choose, you’d better prepare those hundred dollar bills. 

If you’ve done the impossible and finally arrived at Fogo Island Inn, you can pat yourself on the back. Now, it’s time to kick back and enjoy your stay. 

Rooms start at $1489 a night, all the way up to $2,620 for the top suites. The ultimate suite, however, named the Flat Earth Suite (for reasons we won’t get into), Room 29, is priced upon inquiry, and likely reserved for the most VIP of clients. In 2017, news site Travel and Leisure said it’s rumored to be somewhere in the $3,100 per night range. By the way, these rates are exclusive of a 15% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), so bump up those numbers. 

The island offers the standard: hiking trips, guided tours and the usual, but still has a special touch of its own. Fogo Islanders pride themselves on their culture, and part of the trip to the island will be focused on allowing visitors to interact with the locals and integrating with them. Down-to-earth activities like berry jam making and stories over campfire with the locals will allow you to get in touch with life’s simpler offerings after the long and challenging journey.

The Earth is so 2020 – Space is now in vogue

As you’ve already heard by now, pioneers like Tesla CEO Elon Musk want to make space travel a commonality of modern life. More so than simply travel, companies like Space Adventures want to popularize the concept of space tourism. So now, SpaceX and Space Adventures have teamed up to make our Kubrick dreams a reality. 

According to Interesting Engineering (IE), Space Adventures has already organized a handful of space trips to the International Space Station (ISS) between the years 2001 and 2009. Their new partnership with SpaceX will send four space enthusiasts beyond the ISS, to a point beyond the Kármán line, the altitude where space begins, eventually reaching three times higher in orbit than the ISS.

“The passengers would be flying around Earth’s orbit for five days in the 13-foot-wide SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, enjoying views of Earth like very few have seen before,” IE explained.

As per Space Adventures chairman Eric Anderson, the trip would go further than anyone has traveled to in decades.

How do you qualify? Well, having lots of money for starters sure helps. According to CNN, a Space Adventures spokesperson said the price of the trip will be “in the range as other orbital spaceflight opportunities,” which have been priced in the tens of millions of dollars. 

Virgin Atlantic and Jeff Bezos’ secretive Blue Origin are other companies working on space travel. Virgin Atlantic prices a seat on one of their ships at $250,000

The joint SpaceX-Space Adventures trip is expected to launch in late 2021.

This Japanese billionaire loves you to the moon and backLast month, media outlets reported that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa — the first prospective rider on SpaceX’s future deep-space rocket — has launched a bizarre campaign to find a female soulmate to fly around the Moon with him

While not the most conventional of holiday ideas, it certainly fits the extreme and unaffordable bill to a T. As per The Verge, SpaceX didn’t say how much he paid, but CEO Elon Musk noted that it was enough to help partially pay for the development of the vehicle. “The vehicle,” i.e. the massive rocket that is going to space on a multimillion-dollar mission. 

Enough said. Maezawa brings a tear to our gold-studded hearts, as it should yours.

This is the same man that made his fortune founding Japan’s largest online retailer, Zozotown, and who is reportedly worth $2 billion today, as per Forbes. 

Unfortunately for the 27,722 women that applied, he has since cancelled his search citing personal reasons. In case he changes his mind, consider yourself informed. 

Cruising on the stratosphereThe jump from New York penthouses to compact space rocket cockpits can prove to be a comfort shock for the most privileged, so let’s bring it down a level – to the stratosphere. 

“Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent is offering a brand-new, once-in-a-lifetime global adventure that involves a privately chartered and specially outfitted Boeing 757,” Travel and Leisure reported in December of last year. “Yes, you read that correctly — this ‘cruise’ actually takes place in the sky.”

“Experience the very ultimate in high flying adventures,” the company said of its new global air cruise journeys. “This is your opportunity to embrace the most jet-set lifestyle.”

Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet 2021 itinerary

There are two planned itineraries available: 

  1. Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet 2020 will allow you to dine in a 400-year-old samurai fortress and experience a private neighborhood party hosted by a celebrity chef in Hanoi, among plenty of other exciting experiences. Starting price for this itinerary is $160,000 per person, for a trip of 26 days.
  2. Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet 2021 focuses on nature and the wild, as the name suggests. Travelers will be able to witness the noble Bengal tiger and placid whale shark, as well as Japan’s snow monkeys. Starting price for this itinerary is $149,500 per person, for a trip of 24 days.

So brush up on some foreign languages, put on that coat, or prepare yourself for some zero-G adventures – if you can afford it, you’re in for the experience of a lifetime.