Looking for an out-of-this-world adventure on an ordinary budget?
You probably know that scientists have discovered seven Earth-sized planets in a neighboring solar system. It’s exciting to realize that life may be possible "just" 40 light years away (235 trillion miles) from where you’re sitting right now.
Of course, the temperatures are warm enough on most of those planets that liquid water could exist on their surfaces. And that means it’s possible life could exist out there. So, if you’re looking to get some time alone, this may not be your best option.
Instead, maybe you’d be happy to escape to somewhere a little closer, say the moon, which is only about 240,000 miles away.
The moon may offer the most-feasible, truly "out of this world" odyssey. In fact, two lucky "space tourists" recently gave Elon Musk’s SpaceX a "significant" deposit to join his crewed mission around the world in 2018.
They will start training for their mission in the next few months. One source suggests a price tag of $175 million per person, although Musk & Co. are tight-lipped about it.
We assume this is a round-trip ticket. Otherwise, we’re going to have to redefine the whole "retiring abroad" idea! (Although we have some ideas for that …)
But if you’re looking to escape being surrounded by "stuff," the moon may not be your best option. Jeff Bezos, of Amazon.com (AMZN) and private space travel company Blue Origin fame, might show up on your spaceship’s doorstep with a Washington Post delivery. (He owns that, too.)
Bezos is reportedly working on developing an "Earth-to-Moon equivalent of Amazon Prime" with NASA by 2020, according to TheVerge.com. But he isn’t looking to bring you K-Cups for your intergalactic coffee pot. Rather, he’s interested how he can deliver 10,000 pounds of lunar cargo at a time, to help colonize the south side of the moon.
Or perhaps you’d rather follow Musk in his plan to colonize Mars. Moving to the Red Planet, which is about 250 million miles away, has its benefits. Starting with the fact that living there could net you an extra 39 minutes and 35 seconds each day. Imagine that time to get some more sleep!
Then again, many scientists who’ve tried living on "Mars time" only managed to get about six total hours of shut-eye a night. But whether that’s because it’s not quite five-star hotel conditions in their spacecraft, or whether sleep medication isn’t 100% effective when you’re weightless, remains to be studied.
Besides, a ticket to Mars would cost you anywhere from $200,000 to $10 billion at this point. So, you may just have to settle for getting an "extra" hour of daylight when Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 5 this year.
(This is probably a good time to remind you that Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend, on Sunday, March 12.)
So, where can you go when you want to disconnect from the world, but somewhere that prices may be a bit more "down to earth"?
Bloomberg recently listed "Ten Truly Remote Places Where Your Boss Can’t Track You Down."
You’ll have to trade in your dreams of zero gravity, but you’ll gain near-zero access to Wi-Fi and cell phone signals in:
- Tierra Patagonia, Chile
- Jack’s Camp, Botswana
- Jamtara Wilderness Camp, India
- Great Bear Lodge, Vancouver Island
- Bahia Bustamante, Argentina
- Convento di Santa Maria di Constantinopoli, Puglia, Italy
- Nimmu House, Ladakh, India
- Ratua Island, Vanuatu
- Briol, South-Tyrol, Italy
- Jalman Meadows Ger Camp, Mongolia
The room packages range anywhere from about $100 a night to a few thousand for a weekend. But flights likely cost a bit less than jet fuel, so you don’t have to break the space bank to get off the grid for a few days.
That may sound pretty heavenly. Even if you don’t have a boss to escape, the 24-hour news cycle offers incentive enough to update your passport.
And if you’re looking for a one-way ticket (and you happen to like your boss, and everyone else who wants to reach you in real time), we found another great list of 10 Cities To Grow Old Gracefully In.
These aren’t your typical warm-weather destinations. But see if you agree with the Milken Institute that they have much more to offer …
- No. 10: Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, Conn.
- No. 9: Austin, Round Rock, Texas
- No. 8. Toledo, Ohio
- No. 7: Des Moines, West Des Moines, Iowa
- No. 6: Jackson, Miss.
- No. 5: Salt Lake City
- No. 4: Boston, Cambridge, Mass., Newton, N.H.
- No. 3: Provo, Orem, Utah
- No. 2: Omaha, Neb., Council Bluffs, Iowa
- No. 1: Madison, Wisc.
You can also see if your city made the top 100 list for ages 65-79 and ages 80+ here.
Of course, it is said that we age more slowly in space. But if you’re willing to take an extra wrinkle or two, in exchange for the creature comforts of job prospects, healthcare, transportation, community engagement and lifelong learning opportunities …
Then you won’t have to save up a few trillion bucks over the five, 10 or 20 years or more it’s going to take to ship yourself, let alone your stuff, to a galaxy far, far away.
Sure, you’d get prime pick of the real estate. But there’s something to be said for not having to wait a few thousand lightyears to get your favorite meal delivered!
The Uncommon Wisdom Daily Team