Yesterday I read Big Dot's excellent essay on the pleasures of hauling ones self unassisted along the Inca Trail, instead of taking the "glamping" route, which she protests is "not right, turning it into some cushy outing with canapes and high thread-count pillowcases, for goodness sake. Wrong! Totally, totally wrong ... I really can't believe it could possibly be the same for well-rested, fluffed-up, gourmet-fed rich people." - Big Dot
True, I thought at the time, it wouldn't be the same. It would be better. Machu Picchu, only fluffier and tastier.
Well, then today's mail delivered a glossy brochure from TCS & Starquest Expeditions, an organization that shuttles one about the globe on a private jet appointed with some presumably leather seats.
Each jet is customized to go with the excursion you are on. You eat canapes off a silver tray on the jet. The jet has its own on-jet lounge staffed with a concierge.
You intermittently get off the jet and stay a while at the Four Seasons in each of these cities: Los Angeles, Kona, Bora Bora, Sydney, Bali, Chiang Mai, Mumbai with the Taj Mahal, Istanbul, London, and then home.
If you are disappointed in the Four Seasons in Chiang Mai (a location so fancy I've never heard of it), you can upgrade from the Four Seasons Resort to The Four Seasons Tented Camp which includes a visit to the Opium Museum. I believe the journey to the Opium Museum possibly might be on an elephant. There is an elephant trek involved somehow, or perhaps there's a contact high from the Opium Museum and the guides just say, "There's an elephant! Aw, you just missed him. You seem sleepy."
The whole trip takes 23 days in March and April.
The price, not including golf (!), but including airfare, meals, transportation, and "philanthropic contributions" (I have no idea what this is), for a single person with the single supplement because Gary would never do this with me, is .....
$96,900 dollars U.S. American.
Points? Can I use my airline points for any of that? Actually, no thank you. There IS something off-putting about being THAT pampered.