Ever since travel was made easy and tourism was popularized, luxury travel has existed. First were passenger liners whose first class facilities were the finest at the time, comparable to luxury hotels in accommodations and service. Another way to travel in high style was by train where the Pullman name will always be connected to the most luxurious sleeping cars.
Fast forward to the '50s, during the Golden Age of air travel, when the jet set crowd would, like clockwork, summer in Gstaad and head to the South of France in the winter. VIPs, socialites, and celebrities would then fly in the most luxurious cabins and enjoy decadent in-flight meals.
The luxury segment of travel has only gotten grander to appeal to today's travelers who look for personalized luxury. These ultra-high net worth individuals' thirst for bespoke experiences shows no signs of slowing down.
According to Allied Market Research's Yogiata Sharma, "[The] luxury travel market has a huge growth potential and would see immense demand from the emerging markets. Exposure to social media, growing disposable income, and easy visa availability are some of the factors which are propelling the growth of the market. Nowadays, luxury travelers are seeking unique traveling experience, thus opting for exotic and unexplored destinations."
There's nowhere to go but up as it seems as private space travel is looking to be the next frontier. In fact, experts say it could be a $23 billion industry by 2030. SpaceX is just one of the many companies making space transportation a reality. In February 2017, Space X announced that two people have put down deposits to be space tourists.
Before space travel becomes more commonplace, planes, jets, and yachts will remain at the top of the fleet when it comes to charters. Here, we've listed down the most luxurious ways you can travel around the world.
Flying a jumbo jet private is the ultimate in travel. There are those who personally own their own jumbo jets—an exclusive club only the most affluent are a part of. The list includes U.S. President Donald Trump, Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal, and the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, to name a few.
For those who can't commit to buying a Boeing 747 or an Airbus A320, the next option is to charter it. Chartering a private jumbo jet is not common, but it's certainly not unheard of. Why? For starters, a jumbo jet can seat about 200 to 300 passengers and most require at least 150 passengers which would cost about $2,000 per person.
In November of last year, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were scrutinized after they appeared to fly a jumbo jet private to Japan with less than 10 people onboard. The couple immediately faced backlash, and the flight was called a "waste of jet fuel, resources, environmental harm."
Cost: $50,000 (about P2,650,000) per hour
Renting a business jet seems like a bargain compared to renting a jumbo jet. It's essentially the same experience in a smaller plane with one downside: You can only travel short distances. These include domestic flights and short trips to nearby countries like Hong Kong.
In some cases, flying via a private jet can be slightly more expensive than flying in business class. This, however, only applies to people flying in groups and if the cost is evenly divided as chartering a private jet often includes the cost of the crew, and sometimes food too.
Cost: P80,000 to P250,000 per hour via Lionair
There's no question about it: Traveling by helicopter beats sitting in traffic in a city like ours. It's a mode of transportation that the country's ultra-high net worth individuals opt to use. Renting a helicopter, however, is another story. The cost ranges from P26,900 to P240,900 depending on the pick-up and drop-off point which can be costly if you want to use it for the whole day. If you're in it for the experience, know that most companies offer promotions for day tours and day trip destinations in cities such as Tagaytay, Baguio, and Batangas as well as Corregidor Island.
Cost: P26,900-P240,900 via Airtaxi.ph
One of the more popular vessels to charter are yachts. After all, owning one costs much more. The crew, administration, dockage and fuel, overall maintenance, and operating expenses all accumulate costs in a year that can total over $2,000,000. Renting a yacht often includes catering and when split evenly it costs next to nothing. From picturesque Subic Bay to overseas destinations such as Lake Como, it can be a great way to see different places with a great view of the sunset.
Before you charter a yacht overseas, you must know what size and type boat you need. There are other factors to look out for such as weather, itinerary, and what other requirements your party should need. There's also yacht charter insurance to think about.
Cost: $4,750 (about P250,000) per day via LXV
By land, a limousine is one of the most luxurious ways to travel. It's the perfect mode of transportation for a special occasion, be it for a wedding, bridal shower, bachelor party, or just a romantic night around town. The first thing you should consider is how big your party is. You can accommodate as many as 8 to 15 in a limousine depending on the model. A Lincoln Town Car Limousine at LXV costs P20,160 for a two-hour rental with P5,600 for each additional hour. It comes with a professional driver, ice and glasses, and the cost covers fuel, toll, and parking fees.
Cost: P20,160 for two hours via LXV
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.