We seem to be living in an era of high-low.
A-list actors who once starred only in Oscar-worthy films now have no compunction making appearances on pulp TV shows. Celebrity chefs oversee both fine dining establishments and fleets of food trucks that serve up more affordable street fare. Even couture fashion houses regularly design collections for the likes of Target and Kohl’s.
And the world of travel is no exception. For every swanky vacation, there’s an equally fabulous but less pricey counterpart—whether you just want to unwind on the beach or you crave a more adventurous getaway.
“You can experience a great vacation in many locales,” explains luxury travel expert Vikram Seshadri of New York–based Protravel International. “It just depends on your budget and what you consider relaxing.”
So we presented Seshadri, who’s spent nearly 15 years working with high-end properties, with a challenge: Round up his top picks for comparable high- and low-priced destinations for five different types of trips, from memorable family getaways to the best off-the-grid escapes.