Whomst among us hasn’t dreamed of visiting the stars? But until now, anyone who’s not an astronaut has been stuck on stupid Earth. Until now! NASA has announced that it’s opening the International Space Station up to visitors.
Strap me into a rocket ship and blast me off, we can go to space! From 2020, tourists with a serious case of wanderlust can jet off 400km above the planet and visit the ISS.[related_articles]70519,73132,65359[/related_articles]
Okay, so obviously this won’t be for everyone and you should not cancel your other holiday plans, which I’m sure are all amazing – only two visitors each year will be allowed up there, and they’ll need to meet strict medical and training requirements for spaceflight. Plus, the cost will be as high as the ISS itself.
— NASA (@NASA) June 7, 2019
But if you have a spare US$58 million-ish (AU$83.6 million-ish) lying around to cover your return tickets and another US$35,000 (AU$50,000) to cover your accommodation per night, go for gold!
Otherwise, this might not be your chance to go to space, and I’m sorry for getting your hopes up. Personally, I blame The Simpsons for making it look so cool to hang out in space.
Don’t worry though! There are literally so many amazing holidays you can have back here on earth. New Orleans is the new party capital of the USA, summer in Stockholm should be on everyone’s bucket list, and Singapore’s Changi Airport is a holiday destination in itself. Or plan your holiday based on which accent you find the sexiest!
(Lead image: Wikimedia and NASA & Matthew Smith / Unsplash)
Alana is the staff writer on AWOL who thinks the best way to travel is by taking spontaneous detours and stopping at every local bakery to try the cakes. She writes a lot about Australian TV, Big Things, cursed food, and theme parks. You can follow her on Instagram @alana.dotcom. It’s mostly dogs she meets along the way.