What was your biggest splurge during your travels?

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1. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 534 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

I see the topic of how to stretch your dollar while travelling come up a lot but despite our efforts there are always going to be some things that you may really want to do that no matter how good a deal you get will still be expensive;). So I am wondering who here has seen something that they really wanted that was outside their usual budget but decided "screw it I'm doing it" Whether it is staying at high end accommodation, an exclusive restaurant dinner, a niche tour to some hard to reach place, an experience doing something you couldn't do anywhere else or it could be an item you saw on your travels you had to bring home with you. Whatever your guilty pleasure what would you consider the most expensive single experience or item you have splurged on in your travels? While you don't have to disclose cost a ballpark figure woud be nice;).

2. Posted by Tabithag (Full Member 121 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

We decided when we started travelling that, whilst we were happy to be on a budget most of the time, we didn't want to miss out on some of the great experiences available, so we gave ourselves a luxuries budget and a 'big ticket' budget. The luxuries one is for things like a nice hotel over a birthday, or a pricey excursion, while the big ticket budget is basically saving up for those expensive destinations or trips. That way we don't feel we are messing up our budget when we splurge.

Aside from the odd fancy hotel, our couple of hundred pound (£ sterling) type luxuries have been things like a hot air balloon trip over Bagan, flying over the Nazca lines, a helicopter trip over Uluru and Kata Tjuta, and wildlife experiences like whale and bear watching, or snorkelling with the beluga whales in Hudson Bay. And being fond of our steak, we also treated ourselves to some Kobe beef in Kobe.

The big ticket destinations include Easter Island and the Falklands, which were both expensive places to visit, but the main splurge has been Antarctica, which was around £5000 each. Worth every penny though, and is firmly on our return list, but next time to include South Georgia.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Apr-2018, at 08:36 by Tabithag ]

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1138 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

My weakness is usually helicopters. I used to fly them and I always find it very tempting to see somewhere wow from that perspective. ...On my next NZ trip I am deliberately not routing via Fox and Franz Josef because I know what will happen. :)

4. Posted by rahulpat (Budding Member 8 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

My biggest splurge was gorilla trekking in Uganda, which requires a $600USD permit. In the end, I think it was worth it though as one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

5. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1044 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Quoting rahulpat

My biggest splurge was gorilla trekking in Uganda, which requires a $600USD permit. In the end, I think it was worth it though as one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Gorilla trekking in Uganda was magical - NYE 2015 is one day I'll never forget. Added to that was a trek up Kilimanjaro and 8 days across the Parks of Tanzania - that was definitely a splurge of a holiday.

Other worthwhile splurged have included the four-day Inca trail and whale watching in Brisbane.

But most holidays include something you spend your money on which you probably wouldn't at home. The next one's nearly USD 300 each going to a football match - sheesh! :):):)

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5259 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

My weakness is usually helicopters. I used to fly them and I always find it very tempting to see somewhere wow from that perspective. ...On my next NZ trip I am deliberately not routing via Fox and Franz Josef because I know what will happen. :)

Make certain to also avoid Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook! :D

7. Posted by spicyricecake (Budding Member 10 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

It's only fairly recently that I began looking for good restaurant experiences when travelling. My biggest food splurge so far has been a 16-course tasting menu meal in Lima's Astrid y Gaston restaurant. It's listed as one of the best restaurants in the world. After the wine, it came to about $160 USD per person. I thought it was worth it.

My next big splurge may be scuba diving in Silfra Fissure when I go to Iceland in October. I'm looking for dive companies that they said it's 400 USD for the dive, which is ridiculously expensive (as everything in Iceland is, as I am learning). But I think it'll be a great experience, being able to dive and touch 2 continents at the same time.

8. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 637 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Ballooning is one thing we're happy to splurge on - we've done it in both Namibia and Morocco, and I would do it again in any location where it makes sense to see things from that perspective. I love the sensation!

We did a light aircraft flight over the Grand Canyon and will probably do a helicopter one over Victoria Falls when we visit this summer. We also did a seaplane trip out of Tofino on Vancouver Island which was amazing - we saw a grey whale and her youngster from above! Talking of which, whale-watching trips always have me dipping in my pockets ;)

9. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1138 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Sander

Make certain to also avoid Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook! :D

Oops.

Going to both in December, but not much slack in that bit of the schedule so shouldn't be open to temptation!

Already booked one splurge for that trip - going back to White Island for volcanic fun.

10. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 672 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

We splurged a little for our 50th anniversary dinner in Paris and it was worth it as we fell in love with the restaurant and have returned there to splurge again. I'm really cheap so it's difficult for me to spend money that doesn't need to be spent. By Paris standards, it was still pretty inexpensive, under 200 euros with wine.

The one time we really overdid it was for a painting. We had visited Bretagne and loved the very unique houses there so when we saw a very atmospheric painting of one, we decided to blow our budget and buy it. It still hangs in our library to be enjoyed every day. We both paint and are often in galleries and shows and it was a very fair price, just way above our souvenir budget. Sometimes there are things more important than a budget. Besides a painting lasts nearly forever . . . ;)