TripAdvisor Names 10 Travel Experiences Of A Lifetime; Angkor Wat In Siem Reap Is Most Affordable For Americans

NEEDHAM, Mass., Nov. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TripAdvisor ®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced its TripIndex Experiences of a Lifetime, revealing the travel costs associated with 10 of the world's most iconic travel experiences. Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia is the least expensive option for U.S. travelers at $2,971 for a one-week trip for two, and TripAdvisor has revealed great value hotels and tours to book where travelers can save as much as 83 percent compared to average prices in these amazing destinations.

The TripIndex Experiences of a Lifetime, conducted in partnership with independent research firm Kantar TNS, outlines the cost per day for two people to take a trip to experience ten of the world's most popular once in a lifetime experiences, taking into account the cost of a round-trip flight, airport taxi, a stay in a four-star hotel, dinner and a day tour of the experience of a lifetime.

"U.S. travelers considering booking one of these iconic travel experiences can expect to pay about $5000 for a week-long trip for two on average, according to TripAdvisor data and research," said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. "Those on a tighter budget but seeking a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience can book a destination like Angkor Wat or the Grand Canyon at about $3000 for a week-long trip for two." About Angkor Wat:Meaning "City of Temples," Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century and is the largest religious monument in the world, covering approximately 400 acres. The site is visited by millions of travelers every year and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. According to a TripAdvisor reviewer, it's an "astounding feat... amazing for its endless treasures, beautiful stone carvings that go on and on in endlessly varied and individualized forms. Any artist or even an experienced world traveler will be impressed and inspired."

Summary of Key Findings:
  • With great value on accommodations and meals, Angkor Wat represents the best value for U.S. travelers at $2971 for a one-week trip for two.
  • The Grand Canyon is another experience of a lifetime value for U.S. travelers, at $3003 for a week-long trip for two.
  • Santorini is the most expensive trip, with flights at $2500 per person round-trip and travel totaling $9364 for two.

TripIndex Experiences of a Lifetime: Average Cost of a Trip for Two Travelers

Rankings from the least expensive to the most expensive (bold indicates least expensive destinations for each item respectively.)
  Experience of a Lifetime City Round-trip Flight (per person) Hotel Round-trip Taxi  Dinner (per person) Tour (per person) Total (per person) Total for 2 for one week
1 Visit Angkor Wat Siem Reap $ 933   $ 79   $ 14   $ 14   $ 171   $ 1211   $ 2971  
2 Visit the Grand Canyon Phoenix $ 212   $ 215   $ 34   $ 40   $ 240   $ 741   $ 3003  
3 Walk the Great Wall of China Beijing $ 1020   $ 102   $ 36   $ 35   $ 355   $ 1548   $ 3990  
4 Marvel at the wonder of the Taj Mahal Agra $ 1235   $ 79   $ 135   $ 16   $ 474   $ 1939   $ 4330  
5 Go on safari in South Africa Nelspruit $ 1576   $ 77   $ 129   $ 15   $ 151   $ 1948   $ 4332  
6 Visit the Galapagos Islands Santa Cruz $ 1075   $ 220   $ 32   $ 37   $ 188   $ 1552   $ 4616  
7 Dive the Great Barrier Reef Cairns $ 1634   $ 126   $ 38   $ 47   $ 376   $ 2221   $ 5598  
8 See the Northern Lights Reykjavik $ 1093   $ 284   $ 271   $ 74   $ 198   $ 1920   $ 5877  
9 Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Cusco $ 1066   $ 237   $ 21   $ 28   $ 899   $ 2251   $ 5890  
10 Admire the sunset over Santorini Oia $ 2500   $ 482   $ 124   $ 39   $ 151   $ 3296   $ 9364  

Great h otels and attracti ons to   book for an experience of a lifetime trip

Planning on booking an experience of a lifetime trip? These highly rated hotels and tours on TripAdvisor are bookable for up to 83% less than the average TripIndex Experiences of a Lifetime price.
  Experience of a Lifetime Hotel Bookable on TripAdvisor for Saving against average hotel rate Experience Bookable on TripAdvisor for Savings against average attractions rate
1 Visit Angkor Wat Popular Residence Hotel, Angkor Wat $45 per night   43 % Angkor Temples Small-Group Tour $69 per person   60 %
2 Visit the Grand Canyon Radisson Hotel Phoenix North, Phoenix $116 per night   46 % Small-group deluxe Grand Canyon and Sedona day trip $176 per person   27 %
3 Walk the Great Wall of China Rishengchang Hotel, Beijing $63 per night   38 % Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing with Lunch $62 per person   83 %
4 Marvel at the Wonder of the Taj Mahal PL Palace Lords Inn Agra, Agra $49 per night   38 % Viator Exclusive: Private Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Tour, Dine with a View and Optional Photographer $136 per person   71 %
5 Go on safari in South Africa Protea Hotel by Marriot Nelspruit, Nelspruit $79 per night   -3 % Full-Day Kruger Park Open Vehicle Safari from Hazyview $67 per person   56 %
6 Visit the Galapagos Islands Cucuve Suites, Puerto Ayora $173 per night     21 % Full-day Floreana tour $196 per person   -4 %
7 Dive the Great Barrier Reef Half Moon Bay Resort, Cairns $89 per night   29 % Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns $119 per person   68 %
8 See the Northern Lights Arctic Hotel, Reykjavik $104 per night   63 % Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik $52 per person   74 %
9 Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Sonesta Hotel Cusco, Cusco $137 per night   42 % Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco $352 per person   61 %
10 Admire the sunset over Santorini Alexander's Boutique Hotel of Oia, Oia $288 per night   40 % Oia sunset and traditional villages tour in Santorini $84 per person   44 %

Notes to editors:

MethodologyThe TripIndex Experiences of a Lifetime list is comprised of 10 of the most popular experiences of a lifetime. Most popular experiences of a lifetime were determined based on internal editorial research.

TripIndex Experiences of a Lifetime prices out the cost for the following items in each destination, multiplied by two (where applicable) to represent the daily cost inclusive of return flights and airport taxi for two people.
  • Return flight: Round trip flight from main airport(s) serving destination, for travel between 9/1/16 - 1/31/17
  • Airport taxi: Return taxi between destination airport and city center
  • Dinner: Starter, main meal and bottle of local beer
  • Hotel: Accommodation in a 4-4.5-star hotel
  • Tour: Average cost of bookable day tours for each experience of a lifetime

Research was conducted by Kantar TNS in collaboration with TripAdvisor and prices were collected through telephone and web search as well as from TripAdvisor hotel, tour and fight price data. Prices in each market (except for hotel) were taken in local currencies between August 2016 and October 2016. Prices in each market for hotel were taken in USD. Currency conversion rates were taken from on October 4, 2016.

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