Most Expensive Travel Destinations in the World


Travelling is one of those passions that we as humans cannot get enough of. The world provides us with fantastic views and destinations which might be affordable or really exotic to burn a hole in our wallets. Most of these luxurious locations do not justify their costs and more often than not, they have cheaper alternatives. But if you have the time and the money to go all out travelling to these expensive places, then read on to find out.








Tokyo, Japan

The capital of Japan is known for its bustling city life, its entertainment district and its shopping complex. It is a modern combination of art and culture all mixed together, which results in making it one of the largest metropolitan economy of the world. Hence, it does not exactly go along with the world affordable. Hotels are really expensive, depending on the neighborhood, taxi rides are just absurd, and spending a night out in the town will leave you with nothing but dust mites in your wallet.


Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is notoriously famous for being an extremely expensive place to visit, but it is also known for its great food and active nightlife. The large number of Michelin-starred restaurants certainly does not make this place any cheaper, and with its modern as well as historically-styled lively pedestrian malls, Copenhagen will set you back quite a bit financially.


London, England

Another metropolitan capital which is really expensive, London is featured in almost all the lists of expensive places to travel in the world. It is known for its pricey transportation and the exorbitant hotel costs, especially since everything has to be paid in pound. Its world-famous attractions from The Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London does not exactly scream reasonably priced, but they do pique a traveller’s interest.


Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm has been one of the most popular places to visit in Scandinavia, charming millions of tourists with its waterfront scenery, amazing stone architecture, its never-ending innumerable museums and its beautiful inner-city parklands. It is also one of the most expensive destinations to travel, making it one of the richest cities in the nation with its own currency system, and the night life is one of the priciest, apart from Ibiza.


Sydney, Australia

According to recent figures, Sydney is considered to be more expensive than New York and London. An already expensive city in a very expensive country, Sydney’s cost of living is even luxurious for Australians. So for a traveller looking for something budget-friendly, this would seem really pricey. The Sydney Opera House, the beautiful Bondi Beach and the exotic feeling of shopping along the Darling Harbour are some of the attractions for which people flock to this city.


Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich is a really beautiful city, be it the warm summers or the powdery winters. And through all the seasons, Zurich’s tourist industry remains the same, that is for the people who can actually afford to travel there. The absurdly expensive travel destination is popular for places like the Alps and Lake Zurich, but a night alone in the city in a four-star hotel will set you back by more than you could imagine. Cab rides and drinks are just some of the other things which highlight why only the wealthy go for their vacation here.


Paris, France

Everyone’s favorite romantic destination Paris is one of the most exorbitant places on the face of the Earth. The French capital is on the bucket list of many a tourist and it was named the world’s most expensive city to live in by a 2019 report from the Economist Intelligence Unit. Visiting popular destinations like The Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and Moulin Rouge might cost you an arm and a leg, and a night in a hotel comes with a hefty price tag too.


New York, United States

Whenever someone mentions New York City, the only thing that comes to mind is Statue of Liberty and Times Square. But even though it is so much more than that, everyone knows how expensive visiting and staying in a hotel in the city is. But the glitz and the glamour of the city still attracts plenty of visitors all year round, and the tourism industry thrives on it. The Central Park, plenty of museums, and one of the best theatres in the world certainly offers a lot to see to justify the prices of this city.


Oslo, Norway

Like many of its Scandinavian counterparts, Oslo is a small yet extremely expensive city. In fact, it is considered to be the most expensive city in the Scandinavian region. The country is rich in oil and its citizens are really wealthy, which means that the cost of living is just as expensive as well. Ranking number one in almost all the lists of the world’s most expensive places, Oslo has much to offer with its remarkable arts and cultural hubs, but it also offers to steal away all your money with their offering of their city life, food and travelling.


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This article was written by Rohan Sarkar. Rohan is an illustrator and writer based in Canada.

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