He who dies with riches in the bank when the so-called apocalypse strikes, still dies. Here's 10 ways to go out with an almighty bang.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard that the world is supposedly ending on December 21 because the Mayans ran out of room on their calendar. If you are living under a rock – stay there. The world is supposedly about to end.
After the apocalypse happens — believers think it might be a massive solar flare, black hole, or interplanetary collision — your money and credit cards are probably going to be useless because we'll all be bartering with shiny rocks and toilet paper. Or dead.
Models and bottles, baby — go big, or die at home.
So, to keep your thoughts happy and to blow your money before it's worthless, check out our list of things you should do before the end of the world.
1. Eat up
Tokyo restaurant Aragawa is known for two things — its incredibly rare charcoal-broiled Kobe beef steak made from specially-fed Japanese cows, and its outrageous $550 per head price tag. But what do you care? The world's ending. Buy a first class plane ticket and indulge while you can.
2. Climb a mountain
Not many people can afford the $10,000 permit to climb Mount Everest, let alone all the gear and the team of experts it would take to do so. You're looking at $75,000, easy, when you factor in training sessions, your Sherpa team, and the plane ticket to even get to Nepal. But hey, you'll feel a sense of accomplishment when you do, not to mention earning a great view as the world explodes.
3. Play a round
Getting a facial, massage, pedicure, and manicure may not sound like the manliest spa in the world, but playing golf on two championship-level 18-hole courses against the gorgeous Sicilian backdrop might change your mind. Book the Presidential Suite at the Verdura Golf & Spa Resort for $11,600 a night to really get relaxed (before you die).
4. Live la vida loca
Many of us can only dream of what it would feel like to reserve a table at the world's hottest nightclubs. But since life as we know it is about to end, go somewhere such as Paris's Club Silencio or New York's Provocateur to get yourself that VIP table experience you've always wanted, not to mention a $10,000-plus tab. Models and bottles, baby — go big, or die at home.
5. Drive the dream
Maybe it's been your life-long dream to drive a 1966 Mustang Fastback, but you've also always been curious about the 1969 Jaguar E-Type. If you can't afford to buy both, get a classic car club membership and drive them all. A platinum membership for the New York-based Manhattan Classic Cars Club is $13,000, but you only live once during the Apocalypse.
6. Cocktail hour
Anyone can buy an expensive bottle of wine, but only a select few have tasted the world's most expensive cocktail. London bartender Salvatore Calabrese mixes Clos de Griffier Champagne Cognac, Kümmel herbal liqueur, 1860 Dubb orange curacao, and two dashes of Angostura Bitters to create his "Salvatore's Legacy" for $8830. Order four.
7. The chips are down
Gambling becomes a whole lot more fun when you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Rent out the Kingpin Suite with its own personal bowling alley for $5000 a night at Las Vegas's Palms Resort, eat a huge $100-a-head dinner at the Bellagio's Le Cirque, and then blow the rest at the blackjack table. And if you happen to beat the house? Do it all over again.
8. Yacht. Bond's yacht
If you've always wanted to live like 007, charter the yacht Daniel Craig filmed on in Skyfall.
It's $63,560 for one week, or you can own the whole thing for $14 million. Don't forget to buy some supplies and hire a crew before you sail into the Turkish sunset on the Regina.
9. See the world
The world is a beautiful, awe-inspiring place, and you should probably see some of her treasures before they're gone. The best advice on how to do this is from CNN Money, and involves renting a series of private jets, helicopters, and dog sleds to see the Aurora Borealis, Victoria Falls, Mount Everest, Tengboche Monastery, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Grand Canyon, among others.
10. Bunker down
For the optimists out there, invest your savings in a Terra Vivos luxury bunker. The average cost for a spot is $50,000 ($25,000 for kids), and the bunker comes with an entertainment centre, bedroom, hospital, and dining room, to name just a few of the post-Apocalypse perks. You'll be broke, but you'll be safe (maybe).