More Party Ideas
It's the end of the world, and you're not going to settle for any ordinary Doomsday Bash. You've only got one day left to live, so why not party in style? There are a lot of things you can do, the more creative the better! The first rule is to not feel restricted by some silly budget! After all, the world's ending. It's not like you're going to be around to spend any money after December 21st, 2012 -- right?
Speaking of which, you might be wondering what you can do to maximize the amount of cash available to throw the most extravagant party that you can. First of all, consider all your assets: your house, you cars, your investments, your life savings, your children's college funds, and the like. If you have a house, you can take out a second mortgage based on your home's equity. Also, don't forget to ask others to help pitch in. It's not like they're going to live beyond December 21st, 2012, either. Imagine if 30 people each pitched in $10,000 for a Doomsday Celebration... you would have $300,000 to do whatever the heck you can dream of!
Well, enough worrying about trivial things like money. Let's get on with the ideas.
Big Time Beach House Bash
For those on a tight budget, this is probably the best way to go. Beach houses can be rented for anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 a weekend (on average) depending on location. Consider a nice Caribbean beach, or some place on the Mediterranean. If you're going to have a lot of guests, be sure to find a house that is fully furnished, has 5 or 6 bedrooms at the very least, and a good ocean view. You will need to make sure everything is stocked properly for the party and that the beach house has several big screen TVs for watching the apocalypse when it comes.
Magnificent Mansion Merriment
Why settle for a beach house when you could rent a mansion for a day? Mansions can be found for day and weekend rentals all over the world, especially in resort locations like Cancun, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas. These are, in essence, huge luxury beach houses with their own private beaches, swimming pools, and motor pools, as well as their own staff and cooks ready to do your bidding. Sure, it may cost as much as $10,000 to $20,000 a day to rent such a mansion, but who cares? It's the end of the world! You and your friends can really live it up in style while civilization itself is obliterated.
Luxurious Yacht Party
There are a lot of yacht rental companies, and compared to the other ideas in this section they are quite affordable. If you are on a slightly higher budget, this is probably the easiest way to go. First you should decide where you want to go: the Caribbean, the Bahamas, the Mediterranean, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Indonesia, or where ever. Then, do a few quick web searches for yacht rentals in those areas. A modest 40- to 60-foot yacht could be chartered for around $5,000 a weekend, but the bigger and more luxurious you go, the more pricy they are. Some 80-foot luxury yachts can be rented for around $20,000 a weekend or $60,000 for a whole week. Superyachts go for around $150,000 a week and typically include 4 or more staterooms, Jacuzzis, small gyms, theaters, bars, and speedboats. Superyachts in the 400-foot range can go for upwards of $700,000 a week, can accommodate up to 60 people, and often come with swimming pools, bowling alleys, beauty salons, and their own helipad.
Remote Island Get Away
Why settle for a mansion or a yacht when you could have an entire island to yourself? Yes, it is true. You can rent a tropical island (or, more often, a small atoll) for your own private party! A number of private islands exist that can be rented right off the Florida Keys for less than $1,000 a week, but don't expect much more than primitive camping and small bungalows. If you want to spend more, several Caribbean and Mediterranean islands can be rented in the range of $2,000 to $3,000 or more per week. The Maldives are another great place to look for private island rentals, but expect to pay a premium: the going price on Maldive atolls is between $20,000 and $60,000 a week for islands less than 8 sq/mi in size! Whatever you decide, you should keep in mind a few key points: you may not have easy access to the Internet or even television, so watching Armageddon might get tricky, and Doomsday might just miss you altogether. On the other hand, if there is a massive tsunami, you might just be among the first to perish. If you do survive through the evening, make sure you have a good westerly view: I hear apocalyptic sunsets above the blood red sea are quite spectacular.
High-Flying Apocalypse Party
As far as your last memories are concerned, nothing beats celebrating the end of the world at 30,000 feet in your own private executive jet. Chances are that you'll need charter a flight, as renting or leasing a jet won't do you much good without a pilot. Since no one is quite sure exactly when on December 21st, 2012 the world will end, you should charter a round-trip flight to somewhere that will take at least 8 hours, then turn around immediately and return for a total flight of 16 hours (plus however long it takes the jet to refuel). We found it difficult to get solid prices on this, but it looks like a privately chartered jet such as a Gulfstream IV, Falcon 900, or Falcon 2000 costs around $100,000 to $200,000 for such a trip. But it will be worth every penny as your soar across the burning, apocalyptic sky, fire balls raining from above and mushroom clouds rising up from below! Do be conscious of the fact that an impact with a meteor fragment or electromagnetic pulse could cut your flight off shorter than you'd like.
One-Way Trip to the International Space Station
Only a handful of space tourists have visited the International Space Station -- all of them being ridiculously rich. If you can somehow manage to afford the $30 million price tag and are somehow able to schedule your visit for December 21st, 2012, then we firmly recommend the ISS as the premiere travel destination for the apocalypse. You won't be able to throw much of a party, as your only co-inhabitants will be a few astronauts and cosmonauts, and it's a sure bet they will neither believe the world is about to end nor share your enthusiasm for the impending apocalypse. Nevertheless, you will have a breath-taking view of the Earth from high orbit as explosions light up across the globe and fires range across the desolated planet. There is also a slim possibility that you and your fellow astronauts and cosmonauts will actually survive the end of the world, since you will not technically be on the planet at the time of the apocalypse. But rest assured -- even if you do survive the destruction of human civilization, you will eventually die once all your food, water, and oxygen has run out.