Browse TMZ or just about any paparazzi site and you’re bound to see celebrities flooding Milan, Paris and Cabo. Some celebs, though, prefer to keep things a bit more low-key.
From Disneyland to staycations, here are some rich and famous folks who vacation just like we do — and a look at what those vacations might cost if you were to foot the bill yourself.
Beyoncé and Jay Z
It’s not so much the fact that music royalty Beyoncé and Jay Z have vacationed in Hawaii — it’s how they visit Hawaii. While the power couple could easily afford just about any luxury they can dream up — it’s no secret that their combined net worth is estimated at more than $1 billion — they spend their time on the islands riding bikes, hiking and playing in the sand with their daughter, Blue Ivy, reports Vogue.
Cost: If you visit the Hawaiian Airlines website, you’ll see vacation packages that include flights and multiple nights at a hotel for under $1,000 per person. Bike rentals in Hawaii will likely run you from $20 to $65 per bike, per day. But watch out for Hawaii’s hidden expenses, which can drastically increase the total cost of your trip.
Though LA-to-Hawaii trips are a fairly common outing for West Coast families, Emily Robinson was pretty “Transparent” about her first time.
“I’m going to Hawaii for the first time,” she once told the Los Angeles Times when asked about her holiday plans. “I’ve never been. So I’m super excited.”
Cost: Prices will vary, but according to Budget Your Trip, the typical cost of a hotel is about $170 per night for one person. And the reported average daily cost is around $270. On your tropical vacation, you can save money if you take advantage of Hawaii’s best deals.
By now, it should be apparent that celebrities like to vacation in Hawaii. Sure, it might not be one of the ultra-exclusive beach vacation spots — like Ibiza, Monaco or Bora Bora — but Hawaii does just fine for “Basic Instinct” star Sharon Stone. And while you can definitely drop some major coin on the islands, Stone prefers to paddle around the beach with her two kids and friends or sit by the pool and work on her watercolors, reports the Daily Mail.
Cost: All-inclusive, seven-day vacations in Maui can be had for under $2,000 if you’re flying in from middle America. If you want to paint by the pool like Stone, a full watercolor starter set with paint, paper, brushes and accessories will set you back about $80.
It’s not such a big deal that Jamie Foxx visited Miami. It is, after all, one of the most popular vacation spots — especially during spring break. Surprisingly, though, Foxx didn’t opt for a luxury spa during his stay. Instead, he went for an eight-bedroom Airbnb mansion, reports People.
Cost: You have tons of options for Airbnb rentals in Miami. Seventy dollars a night can get you a private room in South Beach, or you can rent a condo for $105. You can even rent entire homes for under $200 per night.
Where: Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Though it might seem a little rustic, it makes sense that entertainers want to get away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood every once in a while. When they do, celebs like Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey stay at the Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, reports Travel + Leisure. Here, they can go to wildlife sanctuaries, hike the local mountains and relax by the lodge’s iconic fireplace.
Cost: Inn Room rates at Spring Creek Ranch can be as low as $180 during the spring and as high as $390 during the holiday season — not exactly cheap but far from the exorbitant prices other celebrity hot spots are known for.
Where: Aspen, Colo.
Supermodel and actress Christie Brinkley might’ve flown private or first class on one of her recent trips to Aspen. Still, judging by her Instagram photos, it looks like her Presidents Day trip was a low-key, picture perfect family vacation filled with good food and tons of skiing.
Cost: You can find Aspen travel packages that include airfare and several nights at a hotel on sites like Expedia for around $600 to $900 per person. But flying first class or via private jet can cost you a small fortune.
Where: Aspen, Colo.
Back in January, reality TV star Bethenny Frankel showed us just how much she likes to keep things real when she hit the slopes in Aspen. Her vacation preference is anything but elite.
From 2015-2016, more than 13 million vacationers visited Colorado’s ski towns, reports the Denver Post. And of those who visited Aspen during the busy spring season, 38 percent made under $99,000 per year.
Cost: If you visit Aspen early in the year, you can get four nights in an economy room and a coach round-trip ticket from the Midwest to nearby Denver as a travel package for under $400 per person.
Where: Mammoth, Calif.
“Girl Meets World” star Rowan Blanchard told the Los Angeles Times late last year that her family goes skiing in Mammoth every year after Christmas. “Mammoth is good because you’re only driving six hours, and it’s still populated and has some good food,” she said.
Cost: If you want to save money on your ski trip, bundles might be the best deal on Mammoth. Look for lift-and-lodging packages that start at $175 per person, per night.
Michael B. Jordan
Where: At work and at home
Like many people, it seems as though actor Michael B. Jordan likes to keep things extra simple. When the Los Angeles Times asked about his plans for the 2016 holidays, he said, “I’m not going to have a holiday season this year. I think I’m going to stay locked in for work. I’m going to stay in the zone.”
Cost: Not a penny. In fact, you might end up earning a little extra money if you opt to work through the holidays.
Where: Home (Los Angeles)
Similar to Jordan, Lionel Richie has been known to stay in town when he’s on vacation.
“When all of Hollywood goes away, I stay home,” he said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I travel all year, so a hotel is not a fantasy; it’s a reality. I can’t wait to just be home by the pool with my family.”
Cost: Travel booking site Orbitz features plenty of flight and hotel packages in Los Angeles for less than $1,200 per person. With its beaches, shopping and fine dining, LA can be the perfect vacation. Not to mention, you can see your favorite celebrities working or relaxing — if you know where to look.
Where: Tulum, Mexico
Socialite and businesswoman Paris Hilton recently visited the tropical resort town Tulum, posting photos of herself “loving life.” But this Mexico resort town isn’t just for the rich and famous. Boasting some of the country’s best beaches, Tulum ranks as TripAdvisor’s No. 5 top destination in Mexico and is becoming a more popular hot spot.
Cost: You can find Airbnb rentals in Tulum ranging from around $40 to around $150 per night.
Though he doesn’t always tell his followers his exact location, Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto shared photos of himself and friends on vacation in Mexico, reports MTV News. That’s right: Just like most young adult Americans, Leto enjoys hanging on a boat with friends.
Cost: Mexico can be one of the most affordable vacations for Americans. According to Budget Your Trip, the average reported daily cost of a “luxury” trip to Mexico is only $121. But again, keep your eye out for hidden expenses to keep your costs low.
Where: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Cannes. The Chateau Marmont. Scottsdale. One of these things is not like the others. But Scottsdale has actually been a low-key playground for the rich and famous since Bing Crosby and Zsa Zsa Gabor embraced it in the 1950s. Nowadays, celebrities like Taylor Swift and Jay Z still like to relax at resorts, reports Travel + Leisure.
Cost: A search for a room at Hotel Valley Ho in early June showed rates as low as $180 per night. However, in honor of its 60th anniversary, you can get 10 percent off your room, $10 worth of hotel bucks per night and more.
As it turns out, even the wealthiest among us sometimes prefer the adventurous, socially oriented simplicity of staying in a hostel. For example, actress Margot Robbie reportedly told a radio show she’d rather stay in a hostel or a bed and breakfast when on vacation, reports the Daily Mail.
Cost: A stay at the King Kong Hostel Rotterdam in the Netherlands will set you back only about $30 per night.
Orlando Bloom (And Just About Every Other Celebrity)
Imagine Drew Barrymore, Orlando Bloom, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion and Jason Sudeikis in one place. You could be picturing a swanky awards show, but you could also be conjuring images of the most magical place on Earth.
For lots of family-oriented celebs, Disneyland’s Southern California location is fairly local. And its combination of rides, live shows, shopping, dining and resorts never gets old.
Cost: One-day tickets start at $97 but can vary depending on the date of your visit.
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Sydney Champion contributed to the reporting for this article.