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Anyone else caught off guard by the thousand dollar price tag of the iPhone X? It’s not like iPhone model 5-7 stopped working on September 13.

Techies aside, who really needs to spend an extra grand to for facial recognition features and funky emojis? A whole $1000. For that amount you can buy a fully functioning car in many cities. It’s a month’s rent in others. And let’s not forget to calculate how many student loan payments that amount could cover. There are also other things you can do with a G that may be more rewarding and fun, like travel to a not-so-basic locale (meaning no Miami or Vegas) and have a pretty cool moment.

If you have 10 one-hundred dollar bills burning a hole in your wallet, bank account or even under your mattress, think about where that money can take you, literally. Here are six spots you can hit up for less than $1000. Read on.


1 Seychelles

Located in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of East Africa, the Seychelles is a stunning group of islands that make the perfect getaway for lovers, families or water activity lovers. The Flight Deal has a flight from Chicago to the Seychelles listed on Etihad Airways for $808 (As low as $993 from NYC). For $192 less than the iPhone X and only $9 more than the iPhone 8 Plus, you can spend a few days upgrading your melanin under the African sun on a sandy beach with bae.


2 Singapore

The sovereign city-state of Singapore is a melting pot of cultures, which is what makes it a major bucket list check for foodies. If you happen to live in Los Angeles, you can use Google Flights to book a deal, leaving as soon as next week, to Singapore for just $713 on American Airlines. And because Singapore is also a gateway to the rest of Asia, you can use the leftover $287 to grab a cheap flight on Air Asia to another destination like nearby Malaysia for as little as $69 roundtrip.


3 Jordan

Home to Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Dead Sea and a host of other cultural gems, Jordan is a must for any serious traveler. For about 17 hours and $864 dollars, you can fly from Atlanta to Amman and spend your Thanksgiving exploring ancient ruins, indulging in nature’s ultimate spa and making friends with some of the friendliest people in the Middle East.


4 Colombia

There’s never really a bad time to go to Colombia, and with temperatures continuing to heat up as the fall hits the United States, now is really the time to visit. A Saturday to Friday trip to Cartagena will run you as little as $375 round-trip on JetBlue from New York’s JFK airport. This means you can invite bae along for the ride and still not spend as much as you would buying the new iPhone X. Use the extra $250 to take your lady out for a nice night on the town under the stars of the Old City.


5 Iceland

Iceland is a real (expensive) hot spot these days. Head to Friendly Planet and book a five-day Icelandic Adventure for $999, including flight, hotel and daily breakfast. Bet the iPhone X can’t hook you up like that.