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 LifetimeCityRound-trip Flight (per person)HotelRound-trip Taxi  Dinner (per person) Tour (per person)Total (per person) Total for 2 for one week
1Visit Angkor WatSiem Reap$933 $79 $14 $14 $171 $1211 $2971 
2Visit the Grand CanyonPhoenix$212 $215 $34 $40 $240 $741 $3003 
3Walk the Great Wall of ChinaBeijing$1020 $102 $36 $35 $355 $1548 $3990 
4Marvel at the wonder of the Taj MahalAgra$1235 $79 $135 $16 $474 $1939 $4330 
5Go on safari in South AfricaNelspruit$1576 $77 $129 $15 $151 $1948 $4332 
6Visit the Galapagos IslandsSanta Cruz$1075 $220 $32 $37 $188 $1552 $4616 
7Dive the Great Barrier ReefCairns$1634 $126 $38 $47 $376 $2221 $5598 
8See the Northern LightsReykjavik$1093 $284 $271 $74 $198 $1920 $5877 
9Trek the Inca Trail to Machu PicchuCusco$1066 $237 $21 $28 $899 $2251 $5890 
10Admire the sunset over SantoriniOia$2500 $482 $124 $39 $151 $3296 $9364 

Great hotels and attractions 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 LifetimeHotel Bookable on TripAdvisor forSaving against average hotel rate Experience Bookable on TripAdvisor forSavings against average attractions rate
1Visit Angkor WatPopular Residence Hotel, Angkor Wat$45 per night 43%Angkor Temples Small-Group Tour$69 per person 60%
2Visit the Grand CanyonRadisson Hotel Phoenix North, Phoenix$116 per night 46%Small-group deluxe Grand Canyon and Sedona day trip$176 per person 27%
3Walk the Great Wall of ChinaRishengchang Hotel, Beijing$63 per night 38%Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing with Lunch$62 per person 83%
4Marvel at the Wonder of the Taj MahalPL 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%
5Go on safari in South AfricaProtea Hotel by Marriot Nelspruit, Nelspruit$79 per night -3%Full-Day Kruger Park Open Vehicle Safari from Hazyview$67 per person 56%
6Visit the Galapagos IslandsCucuve Suites, Puerto Ayora$173 per night

 21%Full-day Floreana tour$196 per person -4%
7Dive the Great Barrier ReefHalf Moon Bay Resort, Cairns$89 per night 29%Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns$119 per person 68%
8See the Northern LightsArctic Hotel, Reykjavik$104 per night 63%Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik$52 per person 74%
9Trek the Inca Trail to Machu PicchuSonesta Hotel Cusco, Cusco$137 per night 42%Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco$352 per person 61%
10Admire the sunset over SantoriniAlexander’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:

The 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.

Return flights: Prices specify the average cost of a return flight from the main origin destination airport(s) to each experience of a lifetime destination. Pricing displayed is for travel dates between September 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017 based on searches made between August 1, 2016 to October 20, 2016. Weighted average prices were determined using impressions for each itinerary and fare quoted by the respective provider. Origin airports and destination airports list available upon request.

Airport taxi: Prices specify the average cost of a return taxi journey between destination airport and a city center location in each destination city. This includes other transport modes if required (e.g. Santa Cruz ferry + taxi for Galapagos Islands). Source: local website (e.g. taxi company, airport, tourist information).

Dinner: Prices specify the average cost for one person of a starter course/entree, main meal, plus beer at a 4-5-'bubble' rated restaurant on TripAdvisor. Source: Restaurants were randomly selected from TripAdvisor, filtered by 4-5 bubble rating. Prices were obtained from menus on restaurant websites by Kantar TNS. Prices were collected from a minimum of 5 restaurants per destination. Data collected August to September 2016.

Dinner meal items include:

  • Starter course/entree: Prices recorded for two typical local dishes per restaurant (actual dishes vary by destination).
  • Main course: Prices recorded for two typical local dishes per restaurant (actual dishes vary by destination). 
  • Beer: Price recorded for one typical beer brand in each destination (price of bottled water used instead of beer for Agra, as beer prices not widely listed).

Hotel: Room rates specify the average cost of one night’s stay in 4 and 4.5 star hotels in each destination. Pricing displayed is for travel dates between September 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017 based on searches made between August 1, 2016 to October 20, 2016, aggregated from booking partners, including online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers.

Tour: Prices specify the average cost for one person of a day tour of each of the experiences of a lifetime. Relevant tours were filtered to bookable tours from Viator. Only tours categorized as a “Day Trip,” “Full-day tour,” “Half-day tour” and “Private Day Trip” were included. Tours were selected if they were listed within the destination “locationid” and included a mention of the experience of a lifetime in their product text. E.g., Tours in the Reykjavik locationid with the mention of “Northern Lights” in their product text were selected for the “See the Northern Lights” experience of a lifetime.

About TripAdvisor
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*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, May 2016

**Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q2 2016

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