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24 March 2021

Despite warning that vacations would soon be passé, Mark Zuckerberg keeps us posted

In 2015, Mark Zuckerberg predicted that vacations as we know them were doomed by technology, citing virtual holidays, 3D videos and sharing 'experiences' online viaFacebook as the future of exotic worldwide travel. Interestingly, the Facebook founder hasn’t followed his own advice and is still very much a global traveller with no sign of this changing in the foreseeable future even though his personal wealth took a nosedive earlier this month. Zuckerberg lost over $6 billion in several hours when the popular social media site and its various associated apps went down. It’s not been a great Autumn for the Facebook CEO, as this latest scandal comes just a few days after a whistle blower accused the company of putting profits before safety in a damning report. 

Where does a troubled billionaire go when he’s feeling blue? If he’s not in his second home of Hawaii then Zuckerberg favours the idyllic sailing in the Caribbean region. With almost 25 million social media users, the Caribbean is, also online, a place of contrasts given its myriad of cultural and political landscapes.Let’s face it, anywhere on Earth must seem a bit like a busman’s holiday to Mark Zuckerberg with Facebook and Facebook users at every turn! In the Caribbean, the largest number of Facebook users are found in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Jamaica. 

To get away from it all, Zuckerberg is rumoured to be planning a leisurely trip on ultra-luxury yacht “Ulysses” which he reportedly bought from the Monaco Yacht Show for £150-million (though close aides purport these rumours to be false).  

The estimated monthly cost of the yacht is a cool $2 million - which includes high-speed WIFI, presumably for Facebook updates and holiday posts from Zuckerberg with his wife Priscilla Chan?