Space tourism grew out of fantasies and unfilled promises that seemed out of reach until nearly two decades ago. In 2001, American businessman Dennis Tito spent $20 million for almost eight days with the Russian spacecraft that orbited Earth 128 times. Other million-dollar space rides followed with wealthy space tourists over the years. But will space tourism ever become more accessible, or will it always remain a bucket list adventure for the elite?
More companies look to develop space technology to reduce costs, including SpaceX and its infamous Tesla launch with a reusable rocket. The SpaceX team is also discussing offering paid trips to the moon by 2023. Richard Branson already pre-sold nearly 600 tickets for a future Virgin Galactic flight running $250,000 a seat. Virgin’s six-figure launches may still feel out of reach for many, yet 700 people clamored to snag one of the exclusive space tourism tickets.
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is also testing reusable rockets with hopes to launch humans into space within the next few years. Both Blue Origin and Virgin’s launches are designed for a small group of tourists free to float around the rocket capsule before returning to Earth. Whether mainstream space tourists take flight in the next few years or the dream continues to face delays, companies are taking the race to be the first to get us there more seriously.
We’re already waiting for those first Instagram shots from the pioneers in space tourism.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Traveling is hard if you are strapped for cash, but there are plenty of places in the United States that offer budget-friendly fun. If you are looking for a place to getaway where you won’t have to spend too much money, head to San Antonio, Texas.
While you could take a traditional cruise that allows you to just lie back in the sun and sip on cocktails while cruising from beach to beach, you could also opt for a more immersive experience. More cruises than ever allow travelers to explore each stop on their itinerary on a deeper level, with can’t-miss dining, drinking, historical and cultural experiences. Here are five cruising options to consider.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
Being safe while traveling is a big concern for most people. Having tools at your disposal to provide you with information about safe locations can make all the difference in the world when planning a vacation. The countries below are the safest to visit according to security specialists at International SOS.