Travel for pleasure is deemed a luxury for some. Others feel the urge to take-off on an adventure to get a change of scenery, or relax and escape from their day-to-day life, at least temporarily.
Whether you travel for business or pleasure, solo or with family, the hefty price tag for travel related expenditures exceeds billions of dollars worldwide.
Opting to fly first class compared to coach will more than triple the cost of a flight. An elite segment of travel mavens wouldn't have it any other way.
The main perk associated with flying first class on long international flights, is the difference between sitting in cramped seats, or stretching out in a considerably more comfortable, restful seating arrangement.
Upgraded or gourmet meal selections are another distinction. Otherwise that's pretty much it for the tangible benefits of flying first class.
The star-rating level at select hotels can add a small, or a large fortune to the overall travel tab. Meals, entertainment, shopping, ground transportation, and so on.
The attached list details the 2012 tally by country, for global consumer spending linked to travel.
According to Travel Daily News, the past decade has seen the emerging markets of China, and Russia, move up on the list.