Experiences to treat yourself to when travelling round-the-world

| July 17, 2011 | 0 Comments
5train Experiences to treat yourself to when travelling round the world

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Caution—this isn’t your usual frugal Two Go Round-The-World post. You could lighten your wallet with the suggestions herein. But it’ll be worth it!

An interesting new study was brought to our attention recently, asking what offers the greatest happiness—experiences or material goods? The study published in the Journal of Consumer Research looked at whether experiences—such as going travelling—bring greater happiness than material acquisitions, such as purchasing a new car.

“The sentiment has been that individuals will be happier if they spend their money on experiences (theatre, concerts and vacations) as opposed to material purchases (fancy cars, bigger houses and gadgets),” the study’s authors explain.

In one survey, psychologist Leaf Van Boven found that people reported greater happiness from investing in life experiences rather than purchasing material goods. Van Boven suggests that the reason for this is that experiences are easier to interpret positively, contribute more to social relationships and are a more meaningful part of personal identity.

Regardless of how you’re feeling, there are some places in our world that can make you feel on top of the world, and happy to be there! If you want to experience the ultimate luxury this world has to offer—and hang the expense—take a look at these five experiences—and enrich your life while emptying your wallet! You only live once!

1vegas Experiences to treat yourself to when travelling round the world

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1. Helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon

Taking a trip to Las Vegas is, in itself, an amazing experience, but while you’re there, book a helicopter flight into the Grand Canyon and experience one of the seven natural wonders of the world. You can book a deluxe chopper tour, which will fly you past the visionary wonder and descend 3,500ft by the canyon’s west rim, eventually landing at an amazing viewpoint where your pilot will crack open a bottle of champagne for a toast. Perfect!

2sttropez Experiences to treat yourself to when travelling round the world

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2. Sailing the French Riviera

There is no better way to sail the French Riviera and soak up the warmth of Monaco’s sun, than on a luxury yacht. Not one for those on a budget, some yachts go for as much as $50,000 a week. But for a glass-bottomed Jacuzzi, a revolving bed, a personal gym and a beauty salon; we’d say that’s worth it. Almost.

3mandarin Experiences to treat yourself to when travelling round the world

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3. Super Spa at the Mandarin Oriental

For the ultimate in luxury spa experiences, visit the Super Spa at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami, and indulge yourself in a Tai Chi massage after a busy day at the beach. With six VIP spa suites overlooking Biscayne Bay, you can choose from a variety of treatments, or even hire the help of a personal trainer. Offering therapeutic outdoor massages in private cabanas, a day at the Super Spa will be nothing like any spa days you’ve experienced before.

4noma Experiences to treat yourself to when travelling round the world

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4. Eat at Noma in Copenhagen

How would you like to say you’ve eaten at the best restaurant in the world? Well, if you visit Noma in Copenhagen; you can. Consistently voted number one, Noma delivers ingenious combinations of fresh ingredients, and presents them in such a way which will make you gasp in astonishment. A visit to Noma isn’t just a meal, it’s a food experience, and one you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

5train Experiences to treat yourself to when travelling round the world

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5. All aboard the Royal Orient

Take a week out of your trip for an experience on the Royal Orient Train. Beginning in Delhi, this isn’t a train journey as you know it; this is the most exotic and luxurious journey you can imagine. Over seven nights and eight days, you’ll stop off at a variety of scenic and historic destinations, including the famous Somnath Temple, and the beautiful Ahmedpur-Mandvi seaside. With a separate carriage for elegant dining, be sure to dress up in your finest.

Travelling the world doesn’t have to just consist of hostels and back-packs; inject some luxury and indulgence into your journey. There are many different spa vouchers available to ensure you create a trip to remember.

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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. His latest book, The Physics of Flocking, gathers his favourite writing featured over the past two years on Two Go Round-The-World in columns like 'Looking Back' and 'The Whole Picture'—along with new reflections.

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