Have your eyes ever bulged at a price tag? You immediately thought that number was insane and who on earth would pay that.
But then you remember - you’re on holiday! You are creating memories that can’t be replaced, unlike a pair of jeans. And while the effect is not immediate, over time the price will be forgotten, but the memory stays forever.
Those are the moments when indulgence really isn’t a luxury, but a pleasure.
When on holiday we always tend to overspend - luxury hotels, fine dining, attractions and airfares. Sometimes our over indulgence can be dissatisfying. However, here are 5 travel experiences below that will turn your rare indulgence into exceptional memories that will last a lifetime.
Situated in the center of this ancient land is Cappadocia. This region will inspire you with its unique rock formations and captivate you with its vast open spaces.
Before sunrise you can climb aboard one of up to 90 hot air balloons that every morning climb through the still air to meet the sun and give you the most picturesque views you are ever likely to encounter.
At a price tag starting at €175 per person, this indulgence is one you will never forget.
New York Knicks Basketball or a Yankees Baseball Game in New York, USA
If you are lucky this is one indulgence that can be scored at a great price. Some prime basketball tickets can set you back US$2000, but a nose-bleed seat for baseball can be as little as US$16.
Either way, seeing a New York Yankees baseball game or the New York Knicks play basketball in Madison Square Gardens is electric. Even if you’re not a diehard sports fan, the atmosphere alone will have you on your feet cheering and booing with the rest of the crowd.
Hot dogs, cotton candy and your own primordial scream are a recipe to create an indulgent experience.
Deep in the heart of Thailand is a unique Buddhist temple that houses over 120 tigers. At around $500 for 2 tickets, this is going to prove an expensive day, but what a day it is! Imagine being able to walk amongst real tigers, wash them, feed them, play with them. Then to top it all off you finish the day in a local river having a water fight with an elephant. Nature, animals, unforgettable.
What child has never dreamed of this? And what parents have never wanted to take their child? A single ticket to Disneyland will set you back US$265 for a 3-day pass (ages 10+), but it really is one of the happiest places on earth.
Choose a time when the crowds are smaller and the whole family will spend a magical time riding roller coasters, cuddling favourite cartoon characters and overindulging in all types of sugary, fried snacks.
Finish the day with one of the most amazing fireworks displays right outside the Sleeping Beauty Castle, complete with faux snow in the wintertime.
Here’s another theme park that may have your eyes popping outside of your head as you hand over your US$70+ per ticket, but remember that once in a lifetime opportunity? It lies on the other side.
This man-made island in Dubai holds Atlantis, an enormous water park with artificial beaches and heart-pumping slides. But above all that it is home to Shark Alley - a water slide that starts in a dark tunnel and ends in a shark tank. Suitable for anyone over 120 cm, I don’t think you can ever forget this one.
If you are creating memories of a lifetime, then a little indulgence seems to be a small price to pay. After all, life is all about creating memories. So get out there and create some extravagant ones!