The World’s Most Expensive Trip

The World’s Most Expensive Trip
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Imagine setting off on a grand adventure on a global scale and getting a five-star treatment all throughout. Well, you can make all your dreams come true but it comes with a hefty price tag, $13,875,000 a pop to be exact.

DreamMaker, a travel and event boutique organizing one-of-a-kind luxury experiences for ultra-affluent clients, recently launched “Passport to 50,” a lavish private jet trip encompassing 20 cities in 20 days. Guests of this pricey expedition get the bang for their buck with red carpet treatment whether on board a Boeing 767 jet or enjoying the best accommodations on land.

The Trip of a Lifetime

“Passport to 50” is the first of its kind in luxury travel. It is primarily targeted towards billionaire clientele who want to celebrate memorable milestones in style. The Boeing 767 is custom-fitted to include suites and showers. In case having a whole plane for yourself and friends isn’t enough, a second Boeing business jet will fly in tandem to accommodate up to 50 guests during the trip.

The initial trip, slated for August 2017, begins in Koh Samui and continues through Siem Reap, Kathmandu, Agra, Florence, Siena, Cannes, Moulinet, London, Barcelona, Ibiza, Marbella, Marrakech, Havana, Knoxville, Kona, El Nido, A Secret Island, before concluding in Manila.

“Since 1988, we have been setting benchmarks in the experiential travel space worldwide,” says founder and experience designer℠ Gregory Patrick. “In 2017, we will be the first to introduce Experiential Aviation℠ as the pinnacle of private aviation.”

The entire journey covers a total of 50,000 kilometers in the air, which can seem daunting and strenuous. Fortunately, the top-notch amenities on board the Boeing jets spare no expense. For added comfort and indulgence, “Passport to 50” will employ a one-to-one ratio of guest to staff, comprising 50 hand-picked professionals with expertise on their respective fields.

“It is irrelevant how big and beautiful your private jet is if you are unable to relax comfortably or get the required amount of sleep on the plane,” says Patrick. With that aim in mind, the team will go beyond the plush furniture, gourmet meals and state-of-the-art technology by incorporating a holistic program tailored by hypnotherapist April Norris to ensure the overall wellness of the guests. That means a multi-pronged approach of cutting-edge wearable sleep technology with alternative wellness techniques such as hypnotherapy, Reiki healing, Ayurvedic medicine and acupuncture.

Since 12% of the trip will be spent on air, there will also be plenty of activities and services available on board to keep guests entertained. Some of the highlights include a $500,000 charity poker tournament with the world’s top-ranked poker player, inflight yoga session, a fashion show and a Master Sommelier. Meanwhile, Hotel 41, a top-rated hotel in London, is also set to rebrand their identity into “Hotel 50” in line with DreamMaker’s 50 signature.

Altruistic Aims

Beyond the incredible display of luxury and wealth, there is an altruistic side to this lavish affair. “Passport to 50” aims to provide Experiential Aviation℠ alongside Experiential Giving by donating a part of the profit to philanthropic efforts on some of the areas covered throughout the trip.

DreamMaker has partnered with charitable organizations like, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Make-a-Wish Foundation and Whole Child International. Through their efforts, guests can contribute in the distribution of 2,500 bicycles to enable rural children in Cambodia to attend school, the provision of clean drinking water for 50,000 at-risk children in the Philippines, as well as building “fun centers” for 50,000 children battling life-threatening illnesses in the United Kingdom.

“Through this trip, we have a way to act as a conduit to positively impact children’s lives,” says Patrick. “It makes no sense to work so hard to please the most discerning of clientele without making the same effort to balance the decadence with an element of kindness that delivers higher levels of fulfillment.”

Lavish Keepsake

At the end of it all, guests take home 18-karat gold swizzle sticks set with white and blue diamonds worth a total of $1 million to commemorate this trip of a lifetime.

Since 50’s journey is poised to begin and end in Asia, DreamMaker’s founder Gregory flew to Singapore to meet with Karan Tilani, Director of World of Diamonds Group, to discuss their willingness to create something special for a billionaire traveling the globe with family and friends.

“We were discussing possibilities over a cocktail and as I was stirring my drink, it hit me - a swizzle stick,” said Gregory Patrick. “I envisioned something that represented the trip’s 20 city landings, symbolized by white diamonds, and crowned by a rare blue diamond, World of Diamonds Group’s signature sparkler,” said Gregory Patrick. “What better way to highlight the blue skies traveled throughout the journey?” The piece was commissioned on the spot.

World of Diamonds Group is no stranger to superlatives when it comes to crafting luxurious pieces and outstanding creations. They are also an important supplier to luxury design houses. In 2015, they launched the world’s most expensive perfume collection and just last year, they debuted a celebrity blue diamond ring named after actress Jane Seymour which was followed by the world’s most expensive dinner supplemented by the world’s most expensive chopsticks.

“DreamMaker’s commission demonstrates our expertise in creating spectacularly bespoke pieces out of fancy colored diamonds,” said Director Karan Tilani. Crafted into a spinning globe atop the 50 swizzle sticks are 20 white sparklers, each representing every city landing of Passport to 50. One rare fancy blue diamond, a specialty of the diamond mining conglomerate, evokes the blue skies traversed on this trip.

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