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Summer Vacation Splurges Worth Every Penny 

posted: 06/15/17
by: Katie Morton
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"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer." - Anonymous

There are so many amazing places to visit around the globe--and some are more expensive than others. Some vacation destinations are worth the cost because they will wow, inspire, and excite you. Here are our top 5 picks for splurge-worthy summer vacations worth every cent.

1. The All-Inclusive Luxury Dude Ranch

If the prospect of the same old beach vacation leaves you yawning, why not try something new and exciting this summer? Horseback riding, trout fly-fishing, campfires, and cattle round-ups in the majestic Western U.S. may be enough to shake up your next vacation. If you're more inclined toward indoor vacation activities, then relax in the spa and or with a wellness class.

The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana is the only Forbes' Travel Guide Five-Star Guest Ranch. The Ranch claims to "balance Western adventure with lavish all-inclusive amenities." Accommodations range in size from one-bedroom suites to five-bedroom homes, so you can plan a romantic getaway or host the whole family.

For more on specials, rates, or to book visit their website.

2. Tropical Paradise in the Maldives

For many families, summer vacation means heading to the ocean. Instead of funnel cakes and sandcastles at your local seashore, why not head to a beach straight out of the movie set? Cue: The Maldives. The Maldives are islands set in the Indian Ocean where the blue water brings new meaning to the term "azure" and the spun-sugar sand glows alabaster.

The Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavara combines once-in-a-lifetime luxury with priceless family memories. The resort boasts plenty of family activities to keep paradise exciting for even the youngest travelers. The Little Turtle Club hosts kids ages 4-12, so parents can enjoy a romantic outing while their children are happily occupied feeding clownfish and corralling lizards. Older kids can indulge in diving or windsurfing lessons, as well as head out on boat adventures in search of manta rays and other wildlife.

3. Come Sail Away in Total Luxury

If sailing on the wide-open seas is your idea of heaven, then look no further than the luxury cruise ship Cunard's Queen Mary 2. The ship runs transatlantic trips from the United Kingdom to New York, as well as various other ports.

Recently, the Queen Mary 2 was completely renovated, transforming the entire ship. Luxurious accommodations include an on-ship planetarium, a 3-D cinema, fine boutique shopping, and the largest dance floor at sea. For upcoming Queen Mary 2 cruises, visit Queen Mary 2 trips.

4. Be a Luxurious Castaway on Your Own Private Island

If you're looking for total relaxation and seclusion this summer, then check out the undiscovered island paradise of Cayo Espanto, Belize. This private gem is just three miles from San Pedro, located in the Western Caribbean. This secluded four-acre island delivers five-star pampering in your own private waterside luxury villa.

Each villa (and there are only seven on the island!) has a private infinity plunge pool, plus it's own personal chef, butler, and villa service staff. According to their website, "the seven beach villas are situated so that you may not see another guest for the duration of your stay." You can even book all the villas to host a family group or wedding party!

5. Sonora Resort, British Columbia

Sonora Resort, British Columbia showcases the pristine wilderness of Canada, while offering sumptuous lodging for the most discerning traveler. Sonora Resort touts, "uncompromising eco-adventure travel ... luxurious accommodations, unparalleled service and five star facilities."

Salmon fishing, grizzly bear tours, sea kayaking, and helicopter glacier tours will get your blood pumping. Later, relax in the sauna and enjoy a meal at their highly acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant.

The best travel makes your life rich with experience. This summer, book a wow-worthy vacation and relish traveling to a phenomenal location. Remember, you can't put a price on lifetime memories!