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5 Over-the-Top Trips to Dream About While We Wait for a Vaccine

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If you’re going to dream about your next trip, dream big. These five luxury trips that will take you to the national parks or the Artic might be out of your budget for now, but at least dreaming is free. 

Husky-Sledding in the Arctic

husky sledding.
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Turn the long, dark winter into something magical with Natural World Safaris’ arctic tour. This luxury trip starts on a private jet from New York City to Norway, where you’ll spend four nights in hotels and two nights in a luxury tented camp. Play with huskies, take a polar plunge in the Arctic Sea, sauna, and look for polar bears and reindeer. This winter wonderland adventure will cost a cool $110,000.

A Private Ranch Just for You

Social distancing is easy when you have a 1,000-acre luxury guest ranch just for you. Situated in a pristine Montana mountain valley, Holland Peak Ranch can be rented out by up to 16 people. Rates start at $4,200 per night and include all activities (such as trail rides, fly fishing, river floats, and archery). 

Sleep Above a Glacier

Perched on a mountain ridge 6,000 feet above Denali National Park’s Ruth Glacier, Sheldon Chalet is only accessible via helicopter. Time your visit for mid-September through mid-April, where you’ll have an excellent chance of vivid viewings of the Aurora Borealis. Starting at $35,000 per couple (with a three-night minimum), Sheldon Chalet guests can go snow cavern spelunking, sledding, glacier picnics, hot springs, and more. 

A Private Plane Tour of the National Parks

Dream of doing a national park tour across the U.S. but aren’t into road trips? Skip the driving and have more time for exploration with TCS World Travel’s Winter Tour of the National Parks. This fully customizable adventure takes small groups of 4-12 people via private jet. Over 10 days, you’ll enjoy exclusive experiences such as a private wolf-tracking tour in Yellowstone National Park, heli-skiing in Jackson Hole, and snowshoeing through Grand Teton National Park. Prices start at $29,900 per person. 

The Ultimate Caribbean Escape 

Transport yourself into your virtual Zoom backdrop’s beach scene with this incredibly luxurious package from Four Seasons Resort and Tradewind Aviation. The Ultimate Caribbean Escape package is a month-long vacation that includes a private air transfer from Puerto Rico and accommodations in Four Season Resort Anguilla’s 6,050 sq ft. oceanview penthouse, complete with an infinity plunge pool and private terrace. At the penthouse, you’ll enjoy a daily gourmet breakfast, personalized culinary and wellness plans for your visit, a VIP assistant, and free fitness training sessions — all starting at $90,000. 

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