Vacationing Like A Billionaire

Vacationing Like A Billionaire

The only thing this ridiculous article is missing is Robin Leach’s byline. Fantasy islands, helicopter laser tag, David Copperfield’s private island resort – how the billionaires spend untold millions on luxury travel with the most over-the-top amenities you could imagine. Who needs SpeakSheets, when you have thirty employees speaking perfect English at your beck and call? My word. An excerpt…
The craving for privacy isn’t necessarily snobbery—no, really, say those who work with super-affluent travelers. Issues with security, both from the press and from any potential harm-doers, make certain locations popular with the private-jet set. Think the Arctic, Africa—anyplace unreachable without a helicopter, boat, hydroplane, or all three. Experts say that there’s a significant segment of the super-affluent who want to venture where no one—or at least none of their friends—has gone before. “They want be the first person to come home and say, ‘I went to Cartagena before the Gansevoort opened up,’ ” says Lia Batkin of In the Know Experiences, a New York agency that works with celebrities, Fortune 500 CEOs, and royalty. Some of the popular destinations of the moment for extraordinarily well-heeled clients are Arctic Lapland in Sweden, the Salar Uyuni salt desert in Bolivia, and the Emerald Coast of Nicaragua. One high-end specialist is taking clients to Afghanistan and Sudan. The taboo nature of these dangerous spots is what’s appealing to the ultra-rich, Batkin says. “It’s bragging rights, 100 percent.” With all the creature comforts, of course.
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