By Kenya Barrett
While some people enjoy an affordable vacation that provides the basics, other people might prefer to vacation big. For those looking for the ultimate trip to a bucket list destination filled with 4- and 5-star accommodations, tons of excursions, and limitless experiences, then keep reading for the top destinations for travelers who don’t mind splurging to get the highest value from a vacation.
The Maldives is known for being one of the most expensive destinations to travel to – but with great reason. Not only is the archipelagic nation stunningly gorgeous, but it's also close to the equator which means the weather in the Maldives is almost always sunny and warm. Made up of 20 atolls, the country’s capital city of Male is located on the southern edge of the Kaafu Atoll (North Male Atoll) among one of the most densely populated cities in the world. As such, the city is filled with tons of exclusive things to do including snorkeling, catamaran sailing, and island hopping.
If you choose a vacation package to the Maldives with us, you'll have the opportunity to experience different activities and spend nights in luxurious ocean villas. These bungalows are situated over the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and allow visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the Maldives up close and personal. Talk about a true bang for your buck!
A beautiful country filled with everything from amazing mountain ranges to crystal clear beaches, South Africa is one of the top destinations for any traveler. Cape Town serves as the capital city of this country and is popular for its unique culture, significant historical background, and famous attractions. Some of which include Table Mountain, Cape Point, and the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Johannesburg, part of the wealthiest province in South Africa, is also a wonderful place to visit. This city is home to several noteworthy attractions including the Cradle of Humankind and the Gold Reef City Theme Park.
However, the best parts of South Africa aren’t just its popular cities. Taking a safari and spotting wildlife native to the area is one of the many perks that some of our air-inclusive vacation packages to South Africa offer. Most also feature guided tours, meals, and transportation. While these once-in-a-lifetime experiences come at a cost, it is definitely worth every penny.
In recent years, Indonesia has had an influx of tourists – specifically the province of Bali. Known as the “Land of Gods,” Bali has been a desirable destination for visitors due to the area’s emphasis on peace, serenity, and appreciation for natural beauty. As such, the province is filled with everything from well-preserved temples and beaches to high-end spas and luxury villas.
It’s no surprise that travelers will pay top dollar to explore the best highlights of Bali. Whether you’d like to sample the famous cuisine, practice yoga alongside a waterfall, discover the beautiful rice fields, or snorkel around the reefs, Bali has no shortage of activities to enjoy. Bundling these experiences, airfare, and hotels together in a vacation package to Bali is the best way to get away here.
The French Riviera
If you’re interested in an opulent vacation, then a trip to the French Riviera is definitely needed. The area, known to the French as Cote d’Azur, consists mostly of the southeastern corner of France that shares the Mediterranean Sea coastline. While there are no defined boundaries of the Riviera, the region is generally identified as the seaside towns of Nice, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cap-d'Ail, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Cannes, Saint-Raphaël, Monaco, and more. The area exudes lavishness and luxury to the highest degree, which explains its high price points for travelers.
Some famous places of interest include the glamorous beaches of Nice and St. Tropez, Promenade des Anglais, La Croisette, and the annual Cannes Film Festival. Visitors can enjoy dinners at five-star restaurants, stays at elegant resorts, access to varying watersports, and shopping at designer boutiques and retailers. If kicking back, soaking up the sun, and reveling in elegance is your style, then check out our vacation packages to Nice and other places in the French Riviera.
Australia is a wonderful island, country, and continent that is home to some of Earth’s most interesting things, such as The Great Barrier Reef. In addition to the megacities of Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne, Australia houses various natural landmarks and species you won’t find anywhere else on the planet. When visiting, it’s in your best interest to spend at least two weeks. That way, you’ll have the chance to explore the country’s beaches, mountain ranges, deserts, and other attractions.
Since Australia is located in a remote section of the Earth, direct flights are limited and highly expensive, so connecting flights are generally the option. To experience the most, you’d want to book a trip that includes air, transportation, and maybe even excursions with a local guide. With our vacation packages to Australia, you can get the best travel inclusions and experiences Down Under.
Another expensive yet well-worth-the-price vacation is Nepal. A small landlocked country wedged between China and India, Nepal is known for its amazing geographic diversity and its abundance of Hindu temples and shrines. The country is also home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Mount Everest. As such, the country’s tourism is driven by outdoor lovers and adventure-seekers looking to climb the tallest mountain in the world. Nepal is also home to part of the Himalayan mountain range that runs along the countries of Bhutan, China, India, and Pakistan.
The best way to enjoy Nepal is to spend at least a week with an experienced guide who will show you the country’s greatest highlights. Our vacation packages to Nepal give travelers the chance to discover everything from the Himalayas and the capital city of Kathmandu to the wondrous cities of Pokhara and Chitwan. For a bonus, consider spending some time exploring Nepal’s neighboring country of India.
A quaint yet interesting country, Slovenia is a destination that will transport travelers back in time. This European gem boasts a medieval feel that adds to its overall uniqueness and charm. Visitors often spend time in the capital city of Ljubljana, where they can enjoy amazing views and delicious local cuisine. Other cities of interest include Bled, Piran, and Kranj.
One of the most sought-after experiences in Slovenia has to be a trip to the ski resorts. Known as the “Green Heart” of Europe, Slovenia is popular for its high-end ski resorts as well as its natural landmarks. Travelers can enjoy time at medieval structures including Predjama Castle and Ljubljana Castle or explore the iconic lakes of Bled and Bohinj. With tons of things to do and see, our vacation packages to Slovenia provide the best opportunities to explore with air, accommodations, tours, and more included.
The Galapagos Islands
A gorgeous and equally volcanic destination that has intrigued the minds of many travelers is the Galapagos Islands. Governed by the country of Ecuador and located right on Earth’s equator, this island state is famous for its biodiversity. If you’ve ever wanted to see a giant tortoise, sea lion, or blue-footed boobies in the same place, then you should add the islands to your travel bucket list. Nature lovers can enjoy scenic tours through the island’s breathtaking landscapes, lounge on crystal-clear beaches, or explore the luxury of the island’s capital city, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
To get the best experience of the Galapagos Islands, it’s ideal to have meals, transportation, and tours already bundled into the price of your package. While many tend to explore the island of San Cristobal, a few others that are worth discovering include Isla Isabela, Isla Fernandina, and Isla Santa Cruz. If your budget allows it, the Galapagos Islands is surely a worthy destination!