Fancy a SPACE escape?

OK so not reeeeally a trekking feature, but with travellers demanding more and more exotic destinations this one’s a must – IF you have the budget…!

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The first galactic travel breaks are now available but a five minute journey will cost you $150,000 (£98,987)

  • XCOR Space Expeditions are offering trips from January 2016 onwards
  • Flights begin in USA and on Curaçao Island and end in the Thermosphere
  • Travellers will get to experience weightlessness for around five minutes
  • Total journey time is between 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the vessel

If you’ve always dreamt of travelling into space but don’t have the time to train as an astronaut, you could be in luck as the first ‘out of this world’ trips become available online.

Aerospace company XCOR Space Expeditions is offering journeys to the Thermosphere, the outermost layer of the atmosphere, from several space ports in America, including Mojave in California, Midland in Texas and Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, as well as the airport on Curaçao Island.

While the time actually spent in space is as little as five minutes, prices are an astounding $150,000 (£98,987) with departure dates from 2017.

Aerospace company XCOR Space Expeditions is offering journeys to the Thermosphere, the outermost layer of the atmosphere, from 2017

Aerospace company XCOR Space Expeditions is offering journeys to the Thermosphere, the outermost layer of the atmosphere, from 2017

While the time actually spent in space is as little as five minutes, prices are an astounding $150,000 (£98,987)

While the time actually spent in space is as little as five minutes, prices are an astounding $150,000 (£98,987)

The journeys are currently being listed, with fluctuating prices, on UK holiday booking site Kayak.

In order to find the journeys, users must input “Mojave” or “Curaçao” as the departure point with “Thermosphere” as the destination.

The departure and return date must be the same and the travel class should be selected as first.

Currently, there are several dates listed from January 2016 onwards.

A search for August 31, 2016, revealed a journey from Mojave to the Thermosphere, which is priced at £71,852.

Journeys last as long as 60 minutes but there is only about five minutes that's actually spent in space with the space craft spending most of the time gliding back to Earth

Journeys last as long as 60 minutes but there is only about five minutes that’s actually spent in space with the space craft spending most of the time gliding back to Earth

Although dates and prices are listed on Kayak, they are not confirmed as travellers must book through XCOR. 

Eva van Pelt, a representative of XCOR told MailOnline Travel, ‘We don’t have other online outlets besides our own website XCOR.com. We do have 35 agents all around the world.

She added, ‘We’ve already sold over 300 tickets.’

However, XCOR are currently unable to confirm any flights until 2017.

The official prices given by XCOR is $150,000 (£98,987) for a journey between 30 to 60 minutes depending on the space craft.

These are still at the testing stage.

This includes the five minutes it takes for the space craft to fly into the Thermosphere, five minutes of weightlessness, plus the time it takes to get back.

 

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