Isn’t everyone’s secret wish to win the lottery? Didn’t we all think at least once what we would do or where would we go if money wasn’t an issue and if we would have plenty of it? I love to travel, which is obvious as I write a travel blog, but there are some destinations that I only dream about and this is because I can’t imagine I will ever afford to see them in real life. Unless I would win the lottery, of course!
With my busy lifestyle, you won’t find me spending too much time at home. I am even writing this post while on the plane, unlucky to have been assigned a seat on the last row of the aircraft, which doesn’t recline. Oh, how I wish I’d fly business!
Anyway, what I wanted to say is that I don’t have time to go and buy a lottery ticket from the shop and I am never in front of the TV to find out the winning numbers. And what if I want to play the US Powerball, just because the prize is bigger? Or the Irish lottery? There is actually an online website where you can win the prizes of all the major lotteries around the world if you match the numbers drawn at EuroMillions, US Powerball, OZ Lotto, and many more.
This is how Lottoland works: you pick the numbers which you think will be drawn and if you guess them correctly, you win the cash prize. Easy! With Lottoland you are not betting in the actual lottery but on the result of the official draw. As an example, you still win the amount of cash the US Powerball prize is if you guess the correct numbers, but without actually taking part in the US Powerball.
There are three main destinations that I would go to if I would win the lottery and if money was not an issue:
The Maldives – Embrace the luxury
I have always been fascinated by the Maldives: blue sky, crystal clear water, turquoise lagoons, stunning reefs, great weather and luxury, a lot of luxury. When I say Maldives, I think at the overwater suites, with private pools and sundecks where you can enjoy cocktails, have a fish bbq cooked by a private chef or simply jump in the lagoon and snorkel to see the corals. The villas have glass floors, so that you can see the fish swimming underneath, and thatched roofs, to recreate the rustic feel of the Maldives mainland.
Most of the luxury resorts in the Maldives have their own islands which means that the entire paradise will be at your feet. For a cost, of course. I imagine the yoga classes in the morning, the relaxing massages in the afternoon and the feasts from the many restaurants these resorts have, in the evening. Did I mention private jacuzzi, infinity pools and private butlers?
Probably my choice of accommodation in the Maldives would be the W Hotel. However, a week in paradise is not cheap. Out of season, the prices start at £1000/night in an inland villa and at £1500 a night in an overwater one. If you are looking for extreme luxury, you can choose one of the Extreme Wow Haven overwater suits, with prices starting at £6000 a night.
The best way to travel between the islands in the Maldives is by seaplane and most of the resorts have their own private planes. If you want to call a taxi in the Maldives, you should expect a sea plane to show up at your “door”.
Maldives is a great place to visit for your honeymoon because it is best enjoyed with your loved one.
Ethiopia – The Danakil Depression
You might ask why I chose Ethiopia and how this country can be an expensive and an unreachable destination on a budget? The answer is simple, the Danakil Depression, a spectacular desert created by three tectonic plates, at their junction. The landscape of Danakil is surreal, being 100 meters below the sea level, with sulphur fields, salt lakes and active volcanoes bubbling with lava.
Danakil is also the hottest place on Earth, with only microorganisms living here. Alien looking like landscape? Definitely!
An adventure to Danakil is not cheap, and the comfort of the trip will be very low. And by that, I mean sleeping overnight in tents, trekking, travelling off-road in 4×4 vehicles, climbing active volcanoes and experiencing extreme heat.
During the journey to Danakil, when you get closer to the border with Eritrea, the tour will have a military and police escort due to the unstable political situation in the area.
An 11 days tour to Danakil, excluding flights, will start at around £4000.
Antarctica – The End of the World
There is no doubt that on the top of my bucket list is a trip to Antarctica. This year I have been so close to Ushuaia, the most southern city in the world and the departure point of most touristic cruises heading to explore the Arctic region. But the high prices of the voyage made me turn back and explore other regions of Chile.
Antarctica is the white dream, probably the only untouched corner of the world, with incredible beauty and wildlife. Did you know that penguins only live in Antarctica, and not at the North Pole as well?
Most of the cruises that leave Ushuaia will spend 2 days just sailing (so take in consideration when you book that 4 days are lost on getting to Antarctica), crossing the furious Drake Passage which will make even the bravest tourist feel fear because of the violent rocking of the ship. Once passed it, the cruise ship will spend usually between 4 and 8 days around the tip of the Antarctic peninsula, visiting the nearby islands of King George, Anvers, Adelaide, Snow Hill and sometimes even the South Shetlands.
The daily schedule includes two stops, depending on the weather, with activities like visiting penguin colonies, Arctic sea kayaking, whales watching or ice climbing (for the experienced mountaineers only).
Where would you choose to go if you were to win the lottery?
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