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The Most Expensive Cities in America

The Most Expensive Cities in America

When you live in a city with topnotch hotels and malls where luxury shopping is the main event, its easy to drain out your bank account. For example, Mojitos in Miami can cost as much as $15, and if youre a Mojito-lover, youll know how fast you can blow off your salary. There are ways for you to dodge the spenders traps, though. For example, if you must have a Mojito after work, you can stick to places with Happy Hour specials.

Even if youre just traveling to these cities, you should take the time to do the math. It might take some of the fun out of traveling, but itll keep your budget (and sanity) intact. Below are the most expensive cities in America to watch out for and what you should expect from them before you purchase your plane ticket.

New York

The Most Expensive Cities in America

Youre at the center of the center if you live in New York. Unfortunately, that also means paying a pretty big bill just to live in a world class city. What do you expect, though? The Big Apple has the biggest luxury stores, the most famous restaurants in the world, and the richest hotpot of culture. Yes, culture.

It is, as Alicia Keys song said, a “concrete jungle” with a demographic that can represent almost all races around the world. Of course, most of them are called Americans, now, but you can be sure that they have a lot of history to talk about, especially if they werent homegrown.

Youll have to be a pretty tough cookie to survive here, though. While it rated #1 in the AFC richest city survey, it also places last in the “friendliness” category.

Honolulu

The Most Expensive Cities in America

The principle is simple: the more tourists a city can attract, the more expensive all of its amenities get. Its the simple law of demand and supply, and this simple economic principle applies to Honolulu as well. The Hawaiian city ranked number two in AFCs survey simply because it topped the categories “romance” and “relaxation” . Money talks even in paradise, but dont spend all your cash on culture hopping, though.

Or maybe a hula lesson wont hurt. The hotel ratings arent bad. Its the fourth out of thirty cities to have topnotch hotels. It places last for classical music and theater, though, so keep your dough for the beach. Theres no use spending on something thats not worth seeing. Every cent counts in this expensive summer getaway.

Los Angeles

The Most Expensive Cities in America

Certainly, the City of Angels cant be an affordable city to live in. Not with the long stretches of beaches and almost a year-long access to all that sun. However, the survey shows that much of the money youll be spending in L.A. wont really be allotted to hotels and drinks. Theyll be spent on your clothes. This is one of the USAs fashion capitals, and it wont do for you to be seen in rags.

The city has the third most expensive luxury stores and the fourth most expensive boutiques. Why? People here put a prime on their appearances. While they havent quite reached New Yorks rank, yet, the locals here are the fourth most stylish and attractive people in the USA.

San Francisco

The Most Expensive Cities in America

Even if youre not living in San Francisco, you should prepare for quite a big amount of money just to rent out one of the rooms. The citys luxury hotels rank fourth most expensive in the country. The boutique hotels are even more expensive, ranking third in the survey.

If youre writing a novel or a travelogue, though, this is a pretty good city to visit. The demographic diversity ranked number two, here, and theyre not hard to look at, either. The people in San Francisco ranked third in stylishness, and the city is the fourth best city for people watching.

Miami

The Most Expensive Cities in America

If you ever find yourself in the South Beach, you know that most of your money will be spent on cocktails. Miami is the second most expensive city when it comes to the bar scene. The only plus side in this city is the majestic sunset and views of the ocean. People-watching is also fair game here. The city ranks first in terms of having the most attractive locals.

San Diego

The Most Expensive Cities in America

While pretty much everything is expensive in this city in equal proportions, youll certainly enjoy an entire year with clear, sunny skies and a comfortable (not scorching) 70ºF temperature. If San Diego topped anything in the survey, its the weather category. Youll also probably love the more mellow beaches in this vicinity. While Miamis are crowded with bikini bums, San Diegos beaches are less populated and peaceful.

San Diego also ranked fifth best as a relaxing retreat. Meanwhile, the city got sixth place in romance and sixth in cleanliness as well. While its not the most popular honeymoon destination, its certainly one of the places youd want to go to if youre planning to escape the hassles of the work place. Just save up enough money, look for a decent lodging which wont drain your account, and have as much fun without blowing the budget.

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Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

Young and old alike have been fascinated with vending machines. Like mini convenience stores, these are great when youre feeling quite hungry, and theres no store nearby. Just feed the machine a bill or some coins, press a button, and out comes your chosen snack.

You might find I interesting to know that the first vending machine actually dispensed holy water, of all things. Hero of Alexandria devised this coin-operated machine in the first century, and it was only followed during the nineteenth century, when postcards and gums were sold.

A snack isnt all there is nowadays, as more and more people are beginning to realize the convenience and advantages that this machine has to offer. If vending machines used to offer sodas and little packets of biscuits and chips, today, you might be a little surprised at whats being offered in these incredible machines. Japan tops the quirkiness factor when it comes to vending machines, dispensing underwear to noodles. The ever-famous Lobster Game, similar to those machines where you try to catch a stuffed toy through a crane, gives you fifteen seconds to catch a lobster. The US has copied it by creating their own Maine Lobster Game.

Gold Bars in Abu Dhabi, Bergamo, Frankfurt, and Moscow Airports

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

Stuck in the airport with nothing to do? Try the Gold to Go vending machines. Whoever thought that buying a special gift for that special someone in your life is actually easy, dispensed from a vending machine? Think gold is too common? You can also buy South African Krugerrands, Canadian maple-leaf coins, and that one-hundred dollar, one-ounce Australian kangaroo coin. Naturally, the prices change, depending on real-time prices. A gram of gold bar wrapped in a beautiful gift box costs around fifty dollars.

Fresh Pizza in Italy

When in Italy, it is but natural to eat pizza. Lets Pizza machines make it easier for you to get this national specialty. It is actually quite natural that the country where pizza originated from would actually come up with vending machines of pizzas! (Or perhaps theyre just tired of serving too many pizzas to hungry tourists.) Found in some malls and airports, these machines can make a pizza from scratch in less than three minutes. You can choose your toppings by pressing a button, then peek into the window to see the mixing and kneading of dough, the adding of the toppings and finally, baking.

Live Lobsters in US

Fun and quirky, everyone wants to try this game-catch a lobster in less than fifteen seconds and its yours to bring home or have the restaurant prepare for you so you can eat it fresh. For only three dollars, you get to play (and possibly) eat! Scattered from Maine to California, many of these machines are located in Florida, at restaurants like Bubbas Roadhouse and Saloon, and Arizona Pizza Company.

Raw Eggs in Japan and California

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

At Glaum Egg Ranch, for only three dollars you can get 24 free-range chickens, with a complimentary show performed by stuffed chickens (as in stuffed toys, not the real ones). Forget the supermarket; eggs dont come any fresher than this! First introduced in Japan, Glaum Egg Ranch just outside Santa Clara followed suit.

Gold Handcuffs in Mondrian South Beach Hotel, Miami

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

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8 of the Sexiest Hotel Showers in the World

Usually people book hotel rooms for the comfort and luxury it offers. Today, not only do designers and hotel owners pay attention to the room. They have added something else which entices visitors even more: showers. If you think about this, it is but natural that a room has a wonderful shower waiting for its tired visitors.

However, dont think its just an ordinary shower-something similar to what you have at home. These are extraordinary bathrooms with high-tech features, glass mosaics and even a chandelier. Think the latter is only a posh way to light your path inside? Think again, as a switch turns this chandelier into an incredibly sexy shower.
Gone are the days when hotel rooms offered bathrooms that simply offer a place for you to freshen up from a days worth of tours. Today, they have all kinds of perks which include multiple showerheads to a grand view of the city.

If youre used to sprawling hotel rooms with nice, little bathrooms which offer the essentials, it is time to visit different hotels around the world, which offer the sexiest showers for you to enjoy, and even share with a partner. When checking into your room, dont just take a quick glance at the bed and the surroundings; go straight to the bathroom and check out their top-of-the-line offers.

Mondrian South Beach in Miami

8 of the Sexiest Hotel Showers in the World

The clear blue skies of Miami is depicted on the wall of the bathroom through mosaic glass tiles, and to complete an outdoor experience, the rain showerhead mounted on the ceiling trickles water, which is actually incorporated into a lighted crystal chandelier. And since one should never be satisfied by constructed elements alone, Marcel Wanders made sure that there is a grand view of the bay, ocean, and the city itself. Agua by Korres is the chosen brand for the bath products.

Viceroy in Anguilla

8 of the Sexiest Hotel Showers in the World

Want to feel like a celebrity? Head to Anguilla and immerse yourself in this resort that has 166 rooms-the best thing being their showers, which are outdoors. Not to worry though, as these outdoor wooden showers are connected to the main bathroom (in marble) through sliding doors. Still feeling cramped? Simply open the shutters to get a breathtaking view of the seascapes. Neil George of Beverly Hills provides the shampoos and conditioners.

Alila Cha-am in Thailand

8 of the Sexiest Hotel Showers in the World

If you are interested in an Asian getaway, this beautiful place is the best for you. Known for their spas, Alila Cha-ams very own spa products are all organic; made from Sensatia Botanicals-a local brand that uses raw materials. Pretend that you are in the wilds of Asia by taking a cool shower under the rain, right in your own bathroom: complete with a sound system, the 24-by-19-inch showerhead will give you the feeling of actually taking a shower in the rain. You can also control the showers strength by choosing between a soaking shower or one that swathes you into a curtain of water.

A lot of countries at the moment though have issued travel warnings to their citizens because of the political unrest in Thailand.

Park Hyatt Macka Palas in Istanbul

8 of the Sexiest Hotel Showers in the World

If you want a more complete spa experience, head over to Istanbul where they know their craft. Copying Turkish baths, they have steam rooms, heated floors and stone seats where you can sit and enjoy a spa treatment. To further relax visitors, Macka Palas has availed of an exclusive scent by Blaise Mautin, which smells of rose, with a hint of sandalwood and jasmine. Let your eyes feast on the gorgeous neoclassical design of the building, complete with Art Deco-designed rooms.

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