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With the world as their playground, these high net worth individuals seek out destinations with historic, cultural, or environmental significance. Why just go to the beach when you can go the beach and brag about the historical significance of its shores?

Luxury yacht charters, private jets, and private islands: At anywhere from $51,000 a day to $900,000 a week, these are the travel toys of wealthy travelers circling the globe to ski the highest mountains in Switzerland and sunbathe on the most picturesque beaches in the Maldives.

The United States is the most-visited destination among global travelers whose total assets equal anywhere from $1 million to more than $30 million, according to an infographic created by Going Global that explores the travel tendencies of the world’s wealthiest tourists, or high net worth individuals (HNWIs).

Along with the U.S., Japan, Germany, China, and the UK fill out the top five most-popular countries visited by these individuals.

Top winter destinations include the mountains of Colorado, Canada, or Switzerland, and the beaches in the Maldives, Mauritius, and Thailand. The most popular summer destinations dot every corner of the globe from New Zealand to Italy and Costa Rica.

Although these individuals spend more and travel more frequently, their ultimate vacation goals aren’t so different from the average tourist.

Based on the results of a multiple-choice survey by luxury travel agency Virtuoso, family and multi-generation travel is the most common form of travel. The majority, or 55 percent, booked their trip online, and 70 percent are posting pictures to their Facebook accounts.

Affluent Travel Infographic


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Photo credit: Private yachts populate the harbor in St. Tropez, France. Eric Page / Flickr

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