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While browsing through the pamphlets at the travel agent, trying to find the perfect vacation, the Bahamas, Disney World, or now even space can seem like a good option for a family getaway.Space travel had always been limited to the super-wealthy and astronauts until now.
Virgin Galactic offers a ticket to space for $200,000, and travel agents are capitalising on the bargain deal and offering it to customers, according to The New York Times.
The voyages to space are purposed to take off sometime in 2012, and booking a ticket out of this world is becoming very similar to booking on in this world.
And soon you can buy travel insurance, just as you would for a vacation to see Mickey Mouse.
Allianz, which is a $1-billion-a-year travel insurance company, will introduce a package this year to customers who signed up with Virgin Galactic.
The insurance packaged will cover possible problems including last-minute cancellations and coverage for medical issues before or after the flight.
Currently there are 475 people who have reserved a spot on the Virgin Galactic flight to space.
According to The New York Times:
“Just to be able to sell space travel as a regular part of your business, really, just how cool is that?” said Lynda Turley Garrett, president of Alpine Travel of Saratoga, Calif., who is one of 58 accredited space agents for Virgin Galactic in the United States.
In five years, Ms. Garrett has sold three seats, including Ms. Culver’s. But she expects that to change once passengers start going up and coming down to tell their friends.
By 2017, “it’ll be just like scheduling a flight to L.A.,” Ms. Garrett predicted.
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