We’re sending you to a place far away, to a place without TripAdvisor ratings, without souvenirs, and without happy hours. In this place, you don’t have to worry about rain, because rain doesn’t exist there, because clouds don’t exist. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean you can tan, because going outside, even with SPF 100, would cause your body to implode. Sound good? Then sign up with one of the following companies and pack your bags. You’re going to space.
Many media sources report Bigelow Airspace as being a cross between Howard Johnson and George Jetson, eagerly attempting to build space hotels. This isn’t entirely true. While Bigelow is making “expandable space habitats”, they are supposedly intended to be used primarily as turn-key research facilities. Though, we expect if you had a few billion dollars and wanted a pretty rad bachelor party, it wouldn’t be too hard to convince them to launch a model with a mini-fridge in it.
As of now, this is the most reliable way to get out there. They’ve sent 7 tourists on orbital spaceflights. Each honorary galactic explorer also has the option to spacewalk, where you hop in a suit and go outside the vehicle to basically hang out. It is possibly the most terrifying thing a person can do. They have scheduled a lunar mission for 2015, with seats selling for around $100 million.
Richard Branson’s space tourism venture is what you would call your “budget option”. Quotations are used here because the cheap seats cost about as much as a one bedroom house. For that price, passengers will get a sub-orbital flight, which means they’ll be weightless for about 6 minutes and home in time for dinner. It’s a taste of space, but explorers wanting more in-depth experiences will likely opt for something else.
If it’s $200,000 to go sub-orbital, $20 million to spend a week in orbit, and $100 million to loop around the moon, guess how much it costs to go to mars. You’re wrong. It’s completely free. The only catch is that you will probably be left there to die. The Mars One project is seeking to create the first human settlement on the red planet. A worldwide lottery will find a batch of potential pilgrims who will then be narrowed down through vigorous physical and psychological training sessions. Meanwhile, robots will be building your new house on Mars. The top four Mars-stronauts will head out in 2023 with two new members added every year. While they hope to have figured it out by then, they aren’t entirely sure now that they’ll be able to bring anyone back.