Are you planning your next vacation and would like to not empty your entire bank account? In this case, it is better to avoid certain travel destinations. Indeed, it is no secret that some places are known to be expensive. Every year, Hoppa surveys to reveal the world’s most expensive travel destinations. It reviewed 84 destinations around the world, revealing the total average price of a hotel, food, drinks and a taxi ride (2 miles) per person per night. Here is an overview of the most expensive destinations according to the survey conducted by Hoopa.
1. Hong Kong – $141
Hong Kong is one of the most expensive places to travel to. Ordering a beer will cost you an average of $6 in this city of 7 million people. Its main tourist attractions include Victoria Peak Mountain, its ocean park, the perfect island of Lantau and, of course, its own Disneyland.
2. Helsinki – $146
Finland’s capital and largest city are included in our list of the most expensive destinations in the world. The average bill for a dinner in Helsinki is almost $80 (per person), which means that more than half of the cost of a one-night stay goes to catering. Among the main tourist attractions in the Finnish capital are the Suomenlinna (an 18th-century maritime fortress listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki Senate Square (which houses impressive neoclassical buildings) and the Seurasaari Open-air Museum.
3. Las Vegas – $148
Las Vegas is home to many movie sets and several impressive casinos. This artificial city built in the desert has a staggering number of hotels. Among the most famous are the Cesar Palace, the Bellagio, and the Mirage. Many exclusive hotels were at the heart of the golden age of the original 1960 Rat Pack, which was run by the great Frank Sinatra. A number of them were also featured in the relaunched Ocean franchise, with George Clooney and his friends. Even if you don’t plan to go to the casino, you’ll need to watch your expenses, as beer costs on average just under $7.
4. Tokyo – $149
Although the Japanese capital is considered a city, it is officially a metropolitan prefecture. It also houses sushi, neon light streetlights, some 13 million people and 51 Fortune Global 500 companies, and the average 2-mile taxi ride here costs about $58. Are you thinking of spending a holiday in the East during the summer? Some of Tokyo’s must-see attractions include the Imperial Palace, the Meiji Sanctuary (framed in a garden), the historic Senso-Ji Temple (dedicated to the goddess of mercy), the Roppongi Art Museum in the heart of nightlife and entertainment center and the Tsukiji Fish Market.
5. Manama – $150
Manama is the capital of Bahrain and a key commercial center in the Persian Gulf. It is home to a tiny but diverse population of about 157,000 people. A little espresso in Manama will cost you $5. Wondering what to do during your vacation in Manama? You can visit the Qal’ at al-Bahrain Museum, the Bahrain National Museum or go for a walk in the Bab Al Bahrain shopping center.
6. Paris – $151
Aaaaaah! Paris…… romantic, luminous and artistic city. Also known as the capital of France and home to 2.3 million inhabitants. It may not be a cheap destination to visit, but it is well worth the price. After all, this is where the Louvre and all the magnificent works of art are located, as well as several gourmet restaurants.
7. Doha – $152
Doha is the capital of the State of Qatar. Located on the Persian Gulf, its population is about 1.5 million. It is one of the few states in the Middle East that allows the sale of alcohol, but drinks are expensive, with cocktails at $17 each and average beer, which costs just over $8. So it’s better to stick to the water.
8. Dubai – $155
This modern state of the Arab Emirates also allows the sale of alcohol, but at an above-average price. That’s why it is considered the most expensive destination for wine lovers, with a bottle selling for about $40. Guided tours of the city by bus are popular. However, this is not an economic idea in Dubai, as these types of tours cost about $70 per person!
9. London – $156
Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, London Eye, British Parliament and one of the most famous fictional characters – the only consulting detective in the world, Sherlock Holmes. The capital of England is one of the most popular destinations for those who like to travel. Of course, an average dinner for one person can cost up to $70. However, this does not prevent its tourism industry from being extremely successful, with an average of 20 million tourists visiting London each year, making it the second most popular destination in the world after Hong Kong.
10. Dublin – $157
The Irish capital was originally a Viking colony and now has a population of 1.4 million. Major attractions include the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Prison, the National Museum of Ireland and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Dublin has often been used as a film set for films. An average burger on Emerald Island costs $9, which is huge.
11. Caracas – $158
The capital of Venezuela, Caracas is officially known as Santiago de León de Caracas. As the largest city in Venezuela, it has a population of nearly 2 million. The tourism industry contributes about 3.8% to the country’s GDP – and with the highest per capita murder rate in the world, Caracas is not recognized as the safest destination! Although it costs about $25 for a bottle of wine, Caracas has some great attractions, including the Simon Bolivar Museum, Este Park, El Avila National Park, and Altamira Parks.
12. Rome – $159
In addition to good food and a pleasant way of life, the Italian capital of Rome is home to the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Castel Sant’Angelo, the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.
13. Honolulu – $160
On the plateau of Magnum PI, Hawaii Five-0 and countless other movies, Honolulu is the capital and largest city in the state of Hawaii. It is the main gateway to the city and also an important international travel and business center. Hawaii is also known for its flavorful and colorful dishes, with a blend of east-west and peaceful culinary traditions. And with an average meal of about $70, Honolulu is the ninth most expensive city to eat there.
14. Amsterdam – $162
The seventh most expensive city for holidays is Amsterdam, the Dutch capital. Located in the north of Holland, Amsterdam was originally a small fishing village and has developed into a major commercial and maritime port in Europe. Its canals, which date back to the 17th and 19th centuries, are inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO. While The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government, Amsterdam remains its commercial capital.
15. Venice – $163
Better known as the literary backdrop to Shakespeare’s masterful Venice Merchant, the city is located in the northeast of the Italian peninsula. It is the city of bridges, gondolas, canals, and a world-famous film festival. The capital of Veneto is not an economic city – it is home to the most expensive coffee in the world. Also, a fast-food meal can cost up to $17 (almost twice as much as in New York!).
Not all travel destinations cost a fortune, of course. Here are 10 places to travel that are extremely affordable!
16. New Orleans
New Orleans is known for its colorful nightlife, numerous festivals, and decadent local cuisine – but Big Easy is also a hidden gem for low-budget travelers. Let’s start with the basics. Most of the essential things to do are free. If you need to freshen up after a walk, the Country Club offers you access to the pool for $15 a day and has a full bar. Need a place to recharge your batteries? Check-in at Hotel Catahoula, a chic and stylish boutique hotel located in the central business district with rooms starting at only $100 per night.
Kingston is the ideal place to experience Jamaica in a way that is simply impossible from a seaside resort – and for a much cheaper price. The rhythm rocks the streets from sunrise to sunset. In fact, in 2018, Kingston opened the Peter Tosh Museum, which completes the city’s musical offer, in addition to the Bob Marley Museum and the Jamaica Music Museum. Discover local dance halls, visit the Trench Town Culture Yard and take the time to see a side of the country that few Americans take the time to discover before flying to the northern beaches.
18. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is an affordable European city you dream of visiting. It offers a rich history, incredible architecture and delicious local cuisine and wines, all without the high price of Paris and London. Also, Lisbon is an ideal city for families. There are a fabulous aquarium and science museum on the waterfront, not to mention a real castle to explore. Martinhal Chiado offers full-service apartments with kitchens starting at $150 per night, located in the city center and adapted for families.
While Charleston’s charm usually attracts attention, Atlanta offers an alternative to southern hospitality. You don’t need to go wild in Staplehouse for good food. Golden Eagle and Kimball House are popular dining spots for locals, located halfway between the refined restaurants of the South and local restaurants. This capital offers a lot to do between meals. You can go to the roof of Ponce City Market, which offers games, miniature golf and a breathtaking view of the city for an affordable $10 entrance or the High Museum with free admission on the second Sunday of each month.
20. Tallinn, Estonia
A few minutes by ferry from Finland, Tallinn is a cheap alternative to visiting northern European cities such as Helsinki or Stockholm. Accommodation costs only a fraction of the price of most European countries, and public transport is easy to use and cost-effective. Don’t forget to visit the medieval old town of Tallinn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a preserved fortified area with many restaurants and shops. For an exceptional experience, visit Olde Hansa Restaurant, located in the historic center of the old town. With its medieval musicians playing every night, its meals prepared according to 15th-century recipes and its authentic medieval clothing, this restaurant is a good reason to visit Tallinn.
21. Cooperstown, New York
Although this charming city is known internationally as home to the iconic National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown has more to offer than just a baseball bat. Strolling down the historic main street, you will find a wide range of cute shops, antique shops, cafés, and the generous Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, where you can find affordable (and incredibly delicious) locally made snacks. For a historic and inexpensive hotel, stay at the Railway Inn (rates starting at $85 per night).
22. Barga, Italy
Nestled in the mountainous valley of the Serchio, it is the best-kept secret of Tuscany. Not yet invaded by tourists, Barga is a quiet medieval town that takes you back to the old Italian world where mom cooks for all and where the cellars are still run by families. The artistic scene is alive and well, the San Cristoforo Dome at the top of the city is worth a walk and the food is delicious. One of the highlights of the region is the guided lunchtime visit to Podere Concord, a biodynamic cellar passionate about growing the purest products. The winter season is ideal for low-budget travelers; Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa rates are as low as 112 € per night.
23. Tulsa, Oklahoma
Not only are there many innovative and affordable restaurants in Tulsa, but this city is also home to Gathering Place, a public park that is well worth a visit. The Gathering Place is more like Disneyland than a normal park – but it’s completely free. There are incredible play structures (a castle, a pirate ship, a banana-shaped slide), interactive art installations, concerts, free shows, a lake where you can take free boat rides, sports fields, skateparks, and cycle paths.
24. Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, in Chile, is known as the “jewel of the Pacific”. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this lively city is home to bohemian street art everywhere. Highlights include exploring local life in beautiful parks and squares, such as Italia, De La Victoria, and Sotomayor. After walking through some of the city’s 42 hills, you can consider taking one of the eight funiculars to the top, with panoramic views from Pleasant Hills, Cerro Concepcion or Cerro Alegre, where musicians, artists, and poets meet. Visit La Sebastiana, the home of the legendary Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
This country is home to one of the oldest, if not the oldest, civilizations in the world. It is a country with great cultural and historical richness. You can also do several activities there. If you are going to Turkey, visit Istanbul, Ephesus, and Cappadocia. We also suggest you take a baklava making course, visit the spice market and take a spice tasting test with the Fairmont chef.