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The 10 most expensive travel destinations in the world? See the list


Want to splurge on your next vacation?

Travel website FloridaPanhandle.com analyzed costs at 100 popular vacation spots, looking at average prices for lodging, transportation, food and attractions.

Here are 10 destinations that certainly require big budgets.

According to the analysis, the most expensive vacation destinations, excluding flight costs, are:

  1. Gustavia, St. Barths
  2. Gstaad, Switzerland
  3. Aspen, Colorado
  4. Park City, UT
  5. Maui, Hawaii
  6. London, England
  7. Cocoa Island, Maldives
  8. Maun, Botswana
  9. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  10. Monte Carlo, Monaco

The 10 most expensive vacation destinations in the world.

Source: CNBC

The list was dominated by chic islands and ski resorts, although ecotourism safaris in Botswana and Europe’s financial capital, London, rounded out the rankings.

Where hotels average $1,000 per night

The Caribbean island of St. Barthélemy is the most expensive vacation destination in the world, largely because of its high lodging costs, which average $1,770 per night, according to the analysis.

Average hotel rates in Gstaad, Switzerland (No. 2) are $1,360, according to the study. The Swiss Alps city also has the highest average food cost on the list, at $177 per day.

Lodging in the third most expensive location — Aspen, Colorado — costs an average of $1,385 for one person, but a family of four can expect to pay $2,274, according to the analysis.

A street in downtown Aspen, Colorado.

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To find out these prices, FloridaPanhandle.com researched average rates for four- and five-star hotels for stays over Christmas (Dec. 21-27) and spring (May 19-25), but did not include taxes.

Attractions: from $0 to $333 per day

To estimate the price of activities, FloridaPanhandle.com calculated the average cost of each location’s three most popular attractions on TripAdvisor.

The ski resort in Park City, Utah, averaged $333 for daily attractions – the highest on the list.

Attractions in Maun, Botswana, the only African destination on the list, averaged more than $100 per day for activities like a day tour of the Okavango Delta.

Despite higher overall average costs, attractions in St. Barts and the Maldives were valued at $0. Vacationers may have to pay full price for hotels in these locations, but their beaches are free.

Monaco, Monte Carlo.

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Monte Carlo had one of the lowest average rates for attractions on the list, a surprising result for a vibrant gambling venue.

Although “Monte Carlo is known for its casinos, it’s also not the most popular activity in town,” said a representative for FloridaPanhandle.com.

According to the company, the three most popular attractions in Monte Carlo are the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, an outdoor space called Place du Casino, and the Monte Carlo Casino, which costs 18 euros ($20) to enter.

However, gambling losses are not included in the average Monte Carlo attraction costs.


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