The Most Expensive Places to Travel and Stay

Posted: June 6, 2012 in Places to Go
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Although the Internet is bursting with information and deals on cheap travel destinations, there are still many expensive travels destinations in the world. You will want to know exactly what to expect in a holiday destination beforehand to ensure your travels are smooth. To help with planning, particularly when world economies are struggling, we highlight some of the most expensive cities to travel and stay, as of 2012.

Geneva, Switzerland

Chillon Castle, Lake Geneva

Chillon Castle, Lake Geneva

Switzerland seems to have come out of the Eurozone crisis unscathed. Throughout the recession, the Swiss Franc has remained strong. This, however, has not made visiting Geneva any cheaper. Geneva is still one of the most expensive cities in the world. Average Geneva hotel prices hover around €200 per night and tend to rise during the summer. If you are on a tight budget, Geneva probably isn’t the best place to visit and stay.

London, England

The Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, London

London always tends to feature prominently whenever lists of most expensive cities are made. London prices are not likely to come down with the London 2012 Olympic Games expected to raise hotel prices by between 30% and 50%. Your best bet to beating the expected price increases in London is to visit and find accommodation early before the Olympic Games start.

New York, USA

The Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge, USA

New York is a remarkable place to visit and the high cost of staying in the city testify to it. Many visitors find it difficult to extend their stay in the city for more than a week due to the hefty cost of the visit. Nonetheless, the fall of the US dollar against major world currencies has led to a rise in excellent hotel, restaurant and shop deals that are much cheaper than usual. Take advantage of the current situation by searching and nabbing one of the attractive New York travel deals available online.

Dubai, UAE

Dubai Fountain

Dubai Fountain

Dubai is a breathtaking, lavish desert city in the heart of the United Arab Emirates. The city seems to break every record, including bank records for those visiting the city. You will find the largest manmade marina, the world’s tallest hotel and the world’s largest manmade island in Dubai. If you choose to visit and stay in this prime Middle East travel destination, don’t be surprised when you get royal treatment wherever you stay and pay what seems like a month’s salary for a night’s stay.

Tokyo, Japan

Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

Japan’s capital Tokyo is a regular feature on lists of the most expensive destinations in the world. While it is possible to find some great price deals in Tokyo, the more convenient hotels price is an average of €124 per night. The 2011 tsunami and earthquakes did not help things either. The effects of the natural disasters in the city of bright lights are expected to raise travel prices even higher in 2012 and 2013.

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is not Europe’s most expensive city, but it is one of the priciest destinations to visit and stay. The city presents a cool and relaxing holiday environment that is unmistakably different from the rest of Finland. However, you will have to contend with paying an average hotel price of €122 per night to stay and experience what the city has to offer.

Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada

Toronto was once a favorite, alternative travel destination for tight budget holidaymakers. However, it has been steadily climbing the list of most expensive cities over the last couple of years. In 2009, the city was placed at number 9 up from number 31 on Prices and Earnings’ list of most expensive cities. Average Toronto hotel prices now cost a significant €100 per night.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Nyhavn Canal, Copenhagen

Nyhavn Canal, Copenhagen

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, has built a reputation for intimate restaurants, cosy wine bars, intriguing antique shops and one of the world’s most expensive cities. On average Denmark hotel prices cost € 132 per night and reach their highest price during the summer months when tourism is at its peak.

You probably will enjoy every minute of your visit and stay in these prime travel destinations, but your wallet won’t. It is, therefore, advised to save well in advance of your travels to these expensive cities to ensure your visit is smooth.



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