In keeping with the theme this year, basically stealing other writer’s ideas, here is a bit about over priced destinations. Some are obvious, like Tokyo, New York City, London, Oslo, and parts of Vegas. Others seem rather far-fetched. You decide!
Oslo I have often heard and read that Oslo has overtaken both New York City and Tokyo as the world’s most expensive city. I concur! Besides, one Scandinavian capital looks like all the others, right? Just ask all of my childhood Swedish friends from the Valley.
Zurich I was there so long ago, but it did not seem any more expensive, than say Berlin or Rome. The food was surprisingly good, and of course, the views are unmatched, and FREE!
New York City Yes, everything is expensive, hotels, meals, Broadway shows. But if you find a bargain rate at a hotel, and love to walk the streets (not as a street-walker), this city is great for exploring and finding places and things off the beaten path. Sinatra was right about New York!
Bora Bora Not to be confused with Walla Walla, this island paradise is expensive from the get-go. Airfare alone runs over $2500 in high season. Once there, you are a captive audience. Try a less well-known place, or better yet, someplace closer and cheaper like Hawaii.
Sydney Just a few years ago, I did not view Sydney as crazy expensive. But it depends on what you want to do. It is another great walking and exploring city, with great public transportation. Cheap meals are easy to find, just stay away from the obvious tourist areas. Or you can just eat Harry’s Meat Pies every day!
Tokyo It seems everything is expensive here, starting with hotels. But the public transportation network is the best in the world, and cheap meals can be found in the alley ways around the bustling train stations. Shopping can get out of hand quickly as well.
London Hotels and dining are expensive, but alternatives can be found. It just depends on what level of accommodation and fine dining you are willing to pay for. Pub food is cheap, as are the many food stalls in the public markets. The smaller hotels near the outskirts of town, yet on a main Underground line can still be found at bargain rates.
Las Vegas Any type and cost of vacation can be found here. Personally, I do not stay at the fancy places on the Strip. I stay downtown, eat mostly Asian-centric food since they cater to Hawaiians, and shop primarily at the factory outlets. Yes, if want a suite at the Wynn or Cosmo, you will pay unless you are a whale.
Monte Carlo Just the sound of it sounds expensive. But why not just drive through the country on your way to Spain or Italy? No need to stay there, and pretend!
Singapore It gets lots of publicity as a great shopping mecca, as well as the innovation with the hawker stalls. Good hotels, off the main streets are reasonable, as are the food options at the ubiquitous stalls. Just stay away from the designer shops, and electronics mega stores.