The Maldives — The Most Exclusive Vacation Destination In The World Is Also The Most Expensive

Nick Burgess
5 min readSep 20, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Millionaire Lifestyle,” where I cover the experiences typically only available to the ruling class. This week, we’re checking out the world’s most mystical beach vacation that takes 18 hours to get to. Welcome to The Maldives.

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As we roll into the back part of 2021, people are sick and tired of staying cooped up in their homes. It’s been nearly 20 months of partial (or full) quarantine to attempt to avoid COVID infection. The population at large is starting to develop cabin fever, and it shows. Google Trend data shows a steady uptick in searches for “travel” related topics as the months wear on.

via Google Trends

The TSA is also screening nearly 2 million passengers a day at this point in the pandemic, which is more than double this time last year but still shy of 2019’s numbers. People are ready to travel, probably including you who is reading this article right now. Chances are also pretty good that you have paid off those credit cards, have some cash in the bank and some credit card points that are burning a hole in your pocket. So if you are ready to take that pent-up travel energy out on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, where better to go than the most exclusive, most expensive vacation destination on the planet? Welcome to The Maldives.

Where Are We Going?

The Maldives is a collection of Asian islands located in the Indian Ocean. They’re incredibly small islands, and I mean TINY. “The Maldives” is actually a collection is 1,192 individual islands, but vacationing there typically refers to a small handful of islands. And these islands are the definition of “remote.” It’s one of the longest flights in the world from New York, clocking in at an eye-watering 18 hours and 40 minutes, with a quick stop in Dubai or Moscow. And flights aren’t even as expensive as you think they might be for a lap around the world. A round-trip ticket can be found for as low as $700 from New York to Velana, which makes this cheaper than flying to certain European locations. Once you get there, however, you’re not really done flying, and you haven’t even started spending your hard-earned…

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