Where would you go if you had unlimited time and money? After all, isn't that the million dollar question? But what if you had a billion dollars and the world was your oyster, available to cater to your every whim and fancy? We've uncovered some seriously extravagant trips for the dreamer in all of us. Most of these offer the luxury of around-the-world private jets. All of them offer opulent five-and even six-star accommodations and dining prepared by the world's top chefs. Whether you prefer to make new friends through small group exploration or prefer to be the first to experience something new, these bucket list trips for billionaires are something we should all aspire to.
Africa Revealed: A Journey By Private Jet
Climb aboard an Abercrombie and Kent Boeing 757-200 jet outfitted with 50 first-class, lie-flat seats and journey in style to seven African countries over 21 days. Your trip departs from Madrid, Spain, and ends in Morocco, while in between you will be awe-struck by ancient rock-carved churches in Ethiopia, photograph Serengeti wildlife on safari in Tanzania, wine taste in South Africa, visit top game-viewing destinations on Botswana’s verdant plains, marvel at the beauty and force of Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls, track gorillas in the mountainous jungles of Uganda, and desert glamp outside Marrakech. If it sounds like a whirlwind, that's because it is.
How to Do It: The trip starts at $92,500. For a limited time, A&K is waiving the single supplement for solo travelers. Check here for dates and booking information.
Experience the Heritage of Baccarat
If you're all about bling and shiny things, then you’ll love this unique journey to explore the 250-year history of French crystal maker Baccarat. Created for the company’s most affluent clientele, the trip encompasses three continents in 12 days, all by private plane and helicopter. You will travel from the first-ever Baccarat Hotel in New York to the Maison Baccarat in Paris and to Lorraine (the birthplace of Baccarat), to palaces in Istanbul, Maison Baccarat in Moscow, Tokyo to sip and swirl cocktails in fancy glasses, and finally to Seoul to tour the Maison Baccarat that opened in December 2015. All of these destinations have played an important role in the company’s history, and you’ll meet the artisans, shop, get treated at a Bacarrat-La Mer joint-venture spa, dine on exquisite food, and ultimately be pampered.
How to Do It: The trip costs a flat $300,000.To reserve the experience click here.
One-of-a-Kind Travel through VeryFirstTo.Com
If you're a trailblazer, VeryFirstTo.com is a one-of-a-kind travel site that offers experiences no one has ever done before. Their packages are extremely exclusive and only available for 59 days or until they're sold. One trip on offer is the First Ever Luxury Bespoke Your Life tour. It’s an 18-night romp around Europe to explore the finest bespoke artisans on the continent including: getting a custom coat of arms made, bicycles, fragrances, watches, suits, shoes, lipstick, chocolates, luggage, shirts, stained glass, a doll’s house patterned after your own home, and even a car mascot modeled after your dog. Cities visited include: London, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Rome, Munich, Amsterdam, and Brussels.
How to Do It: The trip costs $254,105 per couple. Click here for more information. Even if shopping is not your thing, you should peruse their website because the offerings are very unique, including a spectacular luxury dog holiday if you'd like to take Fido along.
Journey on Four Seasons Private Jet
Four more than 50 years, the Four Seasons has dedicated their brand to maintaining the highest standards in customer service. That same passion is to be translated in their four themed private jet journeys: Extraordinary Adventures, Cultural Escape, Global Getaway, and Culinary Discoveries. Each trip lasts between 19 and 25 days and involves traveling around the world in style. Extraordinary Adventures takes you zip-lining, hiking, kayaking, and safari-ing from Austin, Texas, to Costa Rica, Hawaii, Australia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Tanzania, Morocco, and Portugal. Global Getaway allows you to explore lands both sophisticated and tranquil from Singapore to Thailand, Dubai, Hungary, the French Riviera, Portugal, Nevis, Colombia, and Miami, while Culinary Discoveries will have you dining in the best restaurants and private kitchens in Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Chiang Mai, Mumbai, Florence, Lisbon, Copenhagen, and Paris.
How to Do It: Prices range from $109,000 to $137,000 per person, with a single supplement. Click here to learn more.
Get Away From It All on Laucala Island
Laucala, a private island in Fiji, is surrounded by turquoise water and boasts nothing but privacy. The terrain goes from soft sand beaches to rainforest, plantation to hillside. Laucala offers 25 bures (the Fijian word for house) that include one extravagant hilltop residence made out of locally-sourced materials. All homes feature meticulously designed interiors and private pools, pavilions, sun terraces, day beds, outdoor living areas, and stunning stone indoor and outdoor bathtubs. The island is self-supporting, with its own livestock and vegetable gardens, and all guest products are hand-crafted from the island’s natural resources. Activities include horseback riding, swimming, exploring, fishing, tennis, spa treatments, yoga, golf, hiking and much more.
How to Do It: Prices range from $3,800 to $8,200/night depending on the bure. The hilltop home is $26,000 a night. But, if you really want to go big or go home you can pay $150,000/night to rent the entire island (golf included). There's a 5-night minimum stay, click here to learn more.
Go to Space
If you've seen everything there is to see on this planet, there's only one solution: make space your next frontier. More than 700 future astronauts, ages 10 through their early 90s, have already signed up to become space explorers with Virgin Galactic. You, and five friends or strangers (the rocket seats six), can look down upon Earth from space for two and a half hours that will include memories (and a bit of sensory overload) to last a lifetime. Flights are scheduled to begin next year.
How to Do It: Personal space travel is still in its infancy but for a $250,000/per person deposit, you can be a pioneer. Cost includes three days of astronaut training at Spaceport America in New Mexico, and a celebratory champagne upon landing. Click here to reserve your seat.
Rescue Endangered Rhinos
Rhinos are one of the most endangered species on their planet, poached for their horns. If you're looking for some good juju and to be close to one of the rarest animals on Earth, you can help the conservation efforts of Rhinos Without Borders and Wilderness Safaris Rhino Conservation Project. The two organizations have committed to moving 100 black and white rhinos from high-density populations in South Africa to a wild haven in Botswana. This trip offers an in-depth, up-close, and personal experience with the world's leading conservation experts.
How to Do It: Rhino Rescue includes four nights at the Phinda Private Game Reserve Phinda Homestead in South Africa, where you will take part in rhino darting and work with the game capture team on land or by helicopter. Then it's on to Botswana's Okavango Delta Mombo Camp for four nights where a private guide will accompany you on viewing excursions for track and release. The cost of the trip includes a $100,000 tax-deductible donation, bringing the total to $125,190/person (with a minimum of four people). Contact Cherri Briggs at Explore, Inc. to reserve this once in a lifetime trip.