20 Vacations Only America's Richest 1% Can Afford (We Can Still Dream)

Throughout the history of, well, time itself really, most people on Earth have dreamed of living a life of fame and fortune. It's nothing to shy away from and, in fact, it's something that's actually pretty common - but for one reason or another, the majority of us will never get to ascend to the heights that allow for us to be considered in the top 1% of earners in the world, or even in our own nation.

The United States of America tends to be a country full of wealthy individuals, and in equal measure, poor individuals. Those who are a little bit more well-off have the luxury of being able to afford pretty much anything their heart desires, which includes high-end holidays. It doesn't matter where it is or how remote it may seem because more often than not, they can manage it.

In regards to the twenty locations that we've selected, not all of them are absolutely unattainable - and you'll probably look at a few and think of them as being quite common. Alas, what we're trying to get across is that you won't be able to really experience them to the fullest unless you've got the funds necessary to do so.

We've gone with a mixture of America-specific locations and other destinations from around the globe, showcasing the kind of balance that you can come to expect if you ever fall into a nice sum of money. Either way now is the time to get your saving pot out.

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20 Bora Bora - A Modern Day Dreamland

Via: Tahiti.com

What is there to be said of Bora Bora that hasn't already been said? It's the crown jewel of Tahiti's wealth and splendour, with the sea being so blue that you'll be convinced you're dreaming. Nothing ever quite feels real and, for a moment, you'll genuinely feel like your life has peaked.

Very, very few people are able to visit Bora Bora in comparison to some of the more accessible and financially viable locations on Planet Earth, and that's hardly all too surprising. This'll set you back a good five figures just for a week-long adventure alone, so you'd better make it worth it Mr Clooney (yes, we want to believe he reads this).

19 Cannes, France - Shades On, Guys

Via: CNN.com

The French Riviera as a whole has a reputation for being special, but Cannes, in particular, is sensational. The film festival alone should indicate why it's such a popular place to go, and when you visit, you'll feel as if you're looking at a postcard 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Usually twinned cities don't tell you all too much about a given city, town or country, but with Cannes, the list speaks for itself: Kensington and Chelsea, Acapulco, Beverly Hills and Madrid.

Even if you have to drive down there for a day or two, go and see how things work on the other side of the coin.

18 Dubai - A New World

Via: The Telegraph

Flights to Dubai aren't as extortionate as you may initially think and the accommodation isn't all too horrendous, especially if you use Airbnb. Alas, that's not the point we're trying to make here, because knows that Dubai is the land of the rich and the famous - that's just a fact.

It's as if it was specifically designed for human beings who want to go and flaunt their millions, and there's nothing wrong with that. Some of the finest hotels there will set you back five figures or so per night, and that's before they even get down to the restaurants.

17 The Maldives - Escape From Everyday Troubles

Via: Four Seasons

The Maldives, at first glance, bare a similar resemblance to Bora Bora - and yet the two are entirely different. There are dozens upon dozens of islands that make up this place, and as such, there are way too many different resorts to go through in one swoop.

If you were to tell people that you were heading on holiday here then they'd probably stop and ask you when and how you managed to win the lottery, because that's just how nice it is. The white sand beaches, the deep blue sea, the fishing industry, it's all just too good to be true.

16 Cabo, Mexico - Time To Unwind

Via: Forbes

Cabo is probably one of the most popular destinations on this list, and we aren't just talking amongst people with a lot of money in their bank account. Everyone looks towards Cabo as the perfect place to relax and chill out for three days to two weeks, but there are certain levels to how you can enjoy a place like this.

You can get a standard hotel on the riverfront, or, you could invest in million dollar villas that are up in the mountains, far away from anyone else who could possibly find you. Cabo means money even if it doesn't immediately seem that way, and if you look a little bit closer, then you'll soon discover that.

15 Necker Island - The Rich Of The Rich

Via: Metro

While you can actually get to many of these destinations from a 'logic' standpoint, Necker Island is just a little bit different. For those of you who don't know, the island is actually owned by Sir Richard Branson. Sidebar: you know you're rich when you're able to own your own set of islands.

It may not look particularly unique but it'll certainly set you back a few pennies, with the likes of Barack Obama reportedly coming here once or twice throughout the course of his tenure. We're sure you'd have a great time here, but let's be honest, none of us are pulling in that kind of revenue.

14 Maui, Hawaii - Pure Serenity

Via: Travel + Leisure

This one shouldn't really take all too much explaining, but let's face it, it deserves to be talked about nonetheless. Maui, and Hawaii as a whole represent the one corner of the United States that you could argue is 'untouched' in more ways than one.

What do we mean by that? We mean that it isn't built up, it isn't larger than life, and it's not exactly intimidating. Maui allows visitors to feel like they're getting away from everyday life whilst also paying head over heel to enjoy a getaway.

If you want to take it up a notch, then trust us, there are ways to do that.

13 The Hamptons, New York - Upper Class

Via: Haywire Weekend

It really doesn't matter whether you heard of The Hamptons from a few phrases or Weekend at Bernie's, because they're magnificent either way. They take the term seaside resort to a whole new level, and there's a good chance that you'd see some pretty elite folk walking the beaches here on any given day.

From boutiques to bars there's quite literally something for everyone here and if you had a summer house at The Hamptons, then the chances are that you had a pretty prestigious childhood. That's not a knock, either, because we're incredibly jealous, and that can be healthy sometimes.

12 North Island, Seychelles - Breathtaking

Via: The Telegraph

If you want remote and if you want adventurous, you've come to the right place. North Island, located in Seychelles, Africa is the kind of place you'd picture in your head if you sat down and mapped out what an entry on this list might look or sound like.

With activities including mountain biking, scuba diving, kayaking and deep sea fishing, it's no wonder that the rich and famous gather from the States and beyond to see what all of the fuss is about. Oh, and it was the honeymoon destination of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge for all of you royals out there.

11 Nantucket, Massachusetts - Home Away From Home

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Around 30 miles or so away from Cape Cod, Nantucket is a place that the readers from Europe probably wouldn't have even heard of. It's reserved for guys and girls who like to enjoy their summers in style, whilst not having to leave the comfort of Massachusetts.

Alongside some elders, you'll likely also find plenty of guys with jumpers thrown across their shoulders in the most arrogant of manners. Sounds fun, right? If you can move past all of that and enjoy Nantucket for what it really is, then perhaps it's worth a day trip on the ferry by itself.

10 Naples - No, Not Italy... Florida!

Via: Town & Country Magazine

You'll often uncover a lot of stereotypes if you're looking up holiday destinations in Florida, with West Palm Beach, Orlando, Miami and beyond often being sighted as standard places for anyone to visit in their lifetime. Naples, however, is a different story altogether.

From the pier to downtown, the city of the Gulf of Mexico serves as an escape, all the while still feeling like home no matter where you may be from. Naples is slightly more upmarket than many of its Florida counterparts, and that's not necessarily an insult to them.

It's just that, in short, things are different down there.

9 Aspen, Colorado - Get Your Skis Out

Via: Colorado.com

If you're heading to Aspen, which for those who don't know is a fantastic ski resort town in Colorado, then you'll want to visit in style. While it is technically a 'town' it's more well known for being an actual tourist destination, and it's not like there's anything wrong with that.

Over time it's been transformed from a relatively unknown location to being one of the hot spots for skiers, and all year round people tend to go there in order to have a few days away for themselves. These 'one percenters' that we're referring to, however, will likely be renting out rooms that are bigger than our houses.

8 Turtle Island, Fiji - Don't Let The Name Deceive You

Via: Tourism Fiji

While the name may throw you off just a little, Turtle Island in Fiji is actually an exquisite place to have a vacation: if you're rolling in the dough, of course. A maximum of 14-16 couples tend to visit at any given time which is odd, given that you could probably fit plenty more on there.

It makes sense, though, because the people who hang out there are probably some of the biggest A-listers that you can think of. Obviously, that doesn't always prove to be the case with these kinds of places, but let's face it, heading to Turtle Island isn't something that you'd think of doing off the top of your head.

7 Stowe, Vermont - Severely Underrated

Via: Break Away Vacation Rentals

For Brits out there, no, we haven't misspelt Stow-on-the-World or Stoke. We're talking about Stowe, which is a little-known location in Vermont. In truth, we could've put the entirety of Vermont on here, but Stowe seems to be particularly popular courtesy of their mountain resorts and great hiking trails.

It's like something straight out of a Disney movie, and we don't mean Star Wars. Stowe is known for being the Ski Capital of the East, and if we've learnt anything about the East Coast throughout the course of this list, it's that they have some seriously expensive vacation spots from top to bottom.

6 Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts - Stoic Beauty

Via: Yankee Magazine

In another 'near Cape Cod' shocker, Martha's Vineyard is located in Massachusetts and is a growing tourist destination courtesy of the amazing beaches as well as the unusually gorgeous weather. Still, you'd need to be pretty well off to come here regularly, which is why so many everyday civilians laugh at the idea of even visiting.

It provides us with a sneak peek into how the other half lives, which isn't something that everyone is going to be into, but the pictures alone should tell you the kind of wealth we're dealing with here. It doesn't matter if you can't afford it, but you've got to appreciate it.

5 Vail, Colorado - Shoop, Shoop, Shoop!

Via: Vail.ne

We're taking a trip back to Colorado now, where we land in Vail - a place that was actually made even more popular when it was spoken of by Rachel in the early episodes of Friends, the TV show. It's another high-quality ski resort that is visited frequently by famous individuals and rich ones alike, and it's not hard to see why.

It's the largest ski mountain in the entire state which is saying something, given that Colorado is notorious for the sport (if you want to call it that). Skiing isn't for everyone and we can understand that, but for most of those in America (especially California), it serves as a nice relief from what they're used to 365 days a year.

4 St. Barts, West Indies - Beauty with a splash of history

Via: Hello Magazine

St Barts, aka Saint Barthélemy, is a wonderful place in the West Indies that brings in a lot of revenue around the winter time, and more specifically around Christmas and New Year's. If you see a guy or a girl that arrives at school in a really nice car and wants you to know about it, then don't be surprised if this is where they head to during the holidays.

This is the personification of the stereotype that people associated 'rich' people with, in that if they go here, they'll probably never let you forget it. Although, with that being said, more and more people and starting to respect the location more so for its history than just for being 'pretty'.

3 Newport, Rhode Island - Utterly Stunning

Via: CNBC.com

The seaside city of Newport plays host to a variety of celebrities from across the land, and that shouldn't shock you. It's the kind of place that people attend for a few months when they're so rich that they can afford to live life on the simpler side for a portion of the year.

Newport is also famous for being the place where two former presidents, Eisenhower and JFK, spent the majority of their holidays in the summer. Don't let the perceived snobbery fool you, though, because you'll find yourself having a great time in Newport before you know what's hit you.

2 Santa Barbara, California - The Pinnacle Of Excellence

Via: Santabarbarainn

While an entire city may not be viewed as a vacation spot for some people, Santa Barbara isn't your average US city. It represents California perfectly from the beaches to Stearns Wharf and everywhere in between. You don't have to be particularly wealthy to visit, but if you want that high-life experience we spoke about, then cash is key.

With a population of less than 100,000, you aren't likely to be bothered by all too many locals, either, which is probably why the lesser-known celebrities of the world tend to stick to their guns and enjoy Cali as opposed to going all out and flying somewhere abroad.

1 Napa Valley, California - Vineyard O'Clock

Via: Napavalley.com

Whether it be courtesy of Total Bellas or any given travel show on cable television, you've probably seen or heard about Napa Valley before. It's known for being the home of wine but beyond that, in case you weren't aware, it's actually quite expensive to stay there.

Most people like to think of this as the ideal retirement location on the West Coast as the alternative to Florida, and that makes sense. You're able to look over the vineyard and see acres upon acres of land, with the blazing hot sun smiling back at you. What isn't to love about that?

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