'World's most expensive holiday' sold to the man with time and money to burn

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2013/apr/22/worlds-most-expensive-holiday-sold

    When VeryFirstTo.com launched their £1m holiday last month, many dismissed it as a typical PR stunt. Indeed, even the company offering it never expected anyone to take them up on the offer: a two-year, luxury holiday taking in the planet's 962 Unesco world heritage sites (an intense itinerary that would mean taking in more than one site every single day for two years).

    Then the phone rang.

    An unnamed man from China, with an undisclosed background but apparently studying for a PHD, has signed on the dotted line and is now preparing to begin his journey next year. His trip will include visiting more than 150 countries over in two years, staying in the most luxurious hotels and flying business class.

    Although the phone was hardly ringing off the hook, the company said they have another tentative booking and have received 15 enquiries.

    "When we launched it, we didn't know if it would sell. Not all of our products do," says company founder Marcel Knobil, who launched Veryfirsto.com in November 2012, seemingly as a one-stop shop for those with so much money they need someone else to come up with ludicrous ways to spend it. Or, as they call it, "a haven for early adopters".

    Knobil says the site now has 18,000 members and past products that have failed to find a buyer include a 267-carat black diamond nail polish for £160,000 and the chance to star in your own marriage proposal TV commercial for £135,000. Perhaps even the super-rich are aware of YouTube.

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    Visit every UNESCO sight in the world? Sounds exhausting. Good idea to get free (or relatively inexpensive) PR for the company Veryfirsto.com.
     
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    The question remains... Only in Business Class? :eek:
     
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