Putting aside your must-visit destinations (or even your must-visit-for-the-tenth-time destinations) for a moment, let’s talk travel. You may see the journey as the annoying bit in between destinations, but there is so much more to it than that. Sometimes the destinations are made all the more enjoyable because of the journey you had getting there. It’s time to use your new-found imaginary wealth to arrive in style.
Trains are a fantastic way to travel. Not only are they reminiscent of a bygone era at times, but when traveling around Europe, they are a great way to get from place to place in the most efficient way. Why waste a whole day traveling to your next destination when you can take the overnight train. Fall asleep in one country, wake up in another. Speaking of bygone eras, why not take a trip on perhaps the most famous train in the world: The Orient Express. There has been a renewed interest in the Orient Express since Kenneth Branagh’s wonderful adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s most well-known murder-mysteries. The history of the Orient Express is certainly a fascinating one to read, but all you need to know is that it is still running, it is well and truly art-deco in style, and it will cost you around £3000 per passenger for the overnight trip from London to Venice. Everything on board is beautifully luxurious, and the staff are dressed in the traditional uniforms of the 1930’s. It’s a very expensive way to spend around 36 hours, but the experience will be once in a lifetime.
Planes don’t have to be limited to an EasyJet flight at six in the morning. There are plenty of long-haul flights with suitably luxurious options. Some of the most notable offerings coming from airlines who operate out of the United Arab Emirates. However, if it’s the full VIP experience you’re after (of course you are, you just won £30 million from the lottery after all), then you might want to consider something a bit more exclusive, which begs the question: How much does it cost to charter a private jet? The simple answer is: How long is a piece of string? The less sarcastic answer is that it depends entirely on how many passengers you have and what luggage is being taken. But the plus side is a fantastic amount of legroom, comfortable seats and the ability to look like a movie start as you step elegantly from your Gulfstream and over to your chauffeur driven car.
Automobiles can be both luxurious and liberating. You can have a private tour of Rome in an air-conditioned limo, giving you the chance to experience this ancient city in supreme comfort. Top of the list has got to be a chauffeured trip in the famously luxurious Maybach, which would get you from your airport to your hotel is some of the most comfortable chairs to ever grace four wheels. However, if you prefer to do the driving yourself, you could always nip over to the east coast of America, buy yourself a Mustang with a huge V8 under the bonnet and cruise effortlessly across the continent to Santa Fe. There are a huge amount of sights along the way, and you could pass a good month or two zig-zagging through the states to see it all.
Destinations Now that you know how to get to the best places, it’s time to start making a list of all the top places you should head to now that you’re in the money. You will have probably visited these places more than a few times during your travels, but it’s time to see them in a different light.
The Maldives Islands are known for their picturesque beaches and luxurious but simple accommodation. They lie off the coast of Sri Lanka and are made up of 26 small islands. There are more than a thousand coral islands, so there’s plenty to see should you decide to go snorkeling or scuba diving. Mostly though, it’s a resort based destination where you can take the time to enjoy a few cocktails in a hammock or lounge about in your own private waterfront cabin. Most are situated in the water and face out towards the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean. The views at night are tremendous, with a fantastic view of the Milky Way overhead, and the bio-luminescent plankton giving off light in the ocean below, you’ll be glad of the seclusion to enjoy the most wonderful views in the world.
Traveling to all these destinations in the ways mentioned above might be out of reach for most, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t put some of them on your bucket list and try your hardest to experience them. There are some truly stunning destinations, journeys, and food to experience in the world, don’t let a slightly heavier price tag hold you back from enjoying all that the world has to offer. With perseverance and a strict budget, you could be traveling to any one of these destinations in a chauffeured car or private jet. Dream big, you never know what the world has in store for you.