03 September, 2012

Space: the final frontier

This month's travel ramblings post features a "trip" that has the potential to take you further than ever before - and I don't mean to a far flung exotic destination. If you've ever dreamed of space travel, then a company called Excalibur Almaz are the people who plan to make that dream a reality.

The Isle of man international space exploration company plans to offer week-long orbital space flights beginning as early as 2015. They'll send tourists on round trips inside refurbished Russian space vehicles which will first dock with a space station orbiting Earth, before bring blasted into the Moon's orbit more than 238,000 miles away.

So what do you need to make the trip? Well the right level of physical and mental fitness is important . Not only that, but you need to have quite a lot of money! As you would expect, this will not be a cheap voyage (around £100 million), but months of ground-based training is also included and it will obviously be pretty exclusive.

This is not a new idea (as we already know that Richard Branson is going to offer 'space tourism' with his Virgin Galactic), but this trip would be a private expedition rather than a sightseeing tour. I never thought I'd live in a time when space travel would be possible; and although it scares me, it's also an incredibly exciting prospect. What do you think? If money was no object - is this the ultimate 'trip'?

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