It would cost £29,281 and just over 17 weeks (or 123 days) of your life to see the 100 Wonders of the Modern World, reveals specialist travel insurance provider, P J Hayman (the company behind 24/7 travel insurance).
Many people start off the New Year with the resolution to travel more and if they decided to see the 100 wonders of the world, they would spend:
– £18,431 on travel expenses
– £5,731 on daily living expenses
– £481 on visas
– £3,972 on accommodation
– £590 on entry fees to attractions
– £75.78 on travel insurance
They would visit 44 countries, take over 90 flights and use a variety of other modes of transport including taxi, tuktuk, rail, boat and bus. After accommodation costs, entry fees and direct travel costs were accounted for, it is estimated that the traveller would spend an additional £46.59 per day to cover other eventualities including food, toiletries and souvenirs.
Of the countries visited, Italy (12 number of wonders) and China (7 number of wonders) contained the highest number of wonders of the world while the continent with the most sights is Europe (31). Just 31 of the 100 wonders of the world are natural (e.g. Niagara Falls) rather than man made (e.g. Topkapi Palace) and only two (Rio Carnival and The Serengeti Migration) are time dependent.
The lowest classified expense for the entire trip, but arguably the most important, was the cost of travel insurance. Peter Hayman, director of P J Hayman, said: “While it is unlikely that any but a lucky few would be able to spare the time or the money to visit all these destinations in one go, this research shows just how easy it is to see the many modern wonders of the world. However, that said, to reach all these amazing destinations would take you through a wide variety of countries, some of which have high medical costs in the event of accident or illness.
“Therefore, we recommend that before anyone sets off to see these or any other exciting destinations, they get a comprehensive travel insurance policy. While it might only cost £29,281 to see all these destinations listed, if anything went wrong, it could cost many more thousands of pounds to ensure that you received first class medical treatment and were repatriated – if necessary.”
Don’t forget your travel insurance!
It would cost just £75.78 to take out a 24/7 travel insurance Annual Multi-trip Worldwide ‘Premier’ policy which contains valuable extras like BONDPLUS Financial Failure Protection that covers you if your travel or accommodation provider goes bust.
*Premium £75.78 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an adult aged under 55 taking out a Worldwide “Premier” Annual Multi-trip 24/7 travel insurance policy. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (February 2010) and are subject to change.