Virgin is selling tickets to space for $250,000. Here’s what you can buy instead.

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Hanna Horvath, CFP®

Hanna Horvath, CFP®

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ & former Managing Editor, Growth

Hanna Horvath is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and former managing editor for growth at Policygenius. She helped produce the Easy Money newsletter. She passed her exam to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in November 2020.

Hanna's work has appeared in NBC News, Business Insider and Inc. Magazine. She is regularly quoted in top media outlets, including CNBC, Best Company and HerMoney. She has also appeared on the Money Moolala podcast and All's Fair podcast.

Prior to Policygenius, Hanna wrote for KNBC in Los Angeles and WNBC in New York. When she isn't writing, she's (often) running, (usually) cooking and (sometimes) doing photography.

Published November 25, 2019|3 min read

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Ever dreamed of becoming an astronaut when you were little? Chances are, those dreams were dashed once you found out what it took. But now there may be another way.

Virgin Group, best known for its airlines and cell phone plans, is expanding into space with Virgin Galactic. The company is selling commercial flights into space for the low price of $250,000. Tickets are currently sold out, but there’s a waitlist.

Traveling to space may be a pipe dream for some. But is the high ticket price worth the cost?

The company plans to begin flights in 2021. Before you hit “submit” on Virgin’s online waitlist form, here are all the travel destinations, transportation and adventures you could buy with $250,000 instead.

Note: Prices are converted to USD, when applicable.

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How much will it cost?

$349: 30-minute VIP Manhattan helicopter tour

$398: One-night stay in a haunted house in North Carolina (You probably won’t want to stay much longer than that).

$599: A couples hot air balloon ride in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

$700: A flight to Paris, France.

$720: Six-hour limousine rental.

$948: 12-night stay at the Motel 6 next to the Newark International Airport

$1,150: 11-day tour of Egypt, including a Nile River cruise and pyramid visit. Airfare not included.

$1,200: A day pass for heli-skiing in Canada.

$1,699: 12-night cruise of the Mediterranean Greek isles. Stops include Barcelona, Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, Rome and Florence.

$2,980: Eight-day whitewater rafting trip in the Grand Canyon. Meals and sleeping gear are included.

$4,300: One-night stay in a standard one-bedroom villa in the Four Seasons Serengeti.

$4,368: 12-day tour of Brazil and the Amazon rainforest. Hotel stay included.

$4,699: Six-day biking tour through Normandy, France.

$5,100: Hourly rate to rent large private jet.

$5,800: First-class round-trip flight from New York City to Australia.

$6,069: Seven-night stay in a deluxe suite at the IceHotel in Sweden.

$6,200: Four-day stay in the Desert Pool Suite in luxury wellness resort Amangiri, located in Canyon Point, Utah.

$7,643: Rent a three-bedroom catamaran and sail around Spain for seven days.

$9,650: Seven-night stay at Golden Door Spa in San Marcos, California. Stay includes a daily massage, personal training sessions, personalized skin care routines and cooking classes.

$9,999: Rent a Bugatti Veyron Coupe (which costs around $3 million to buy) in Las Vegas for four hours.

$15,165: Five-night stay at the Park City Castle Mansion, location on the base of a mountain in Utah.

$19,273: Stay in a 28-bedroom chateau in Burgundy, France. The property includes a tennis court, rose gardens and medieval cellars.

$25,000: Skydive over Mount Everest.

$26,999: A 36-day cruise ticket, staying in the penthouse suite, through India, Arabia and southeast Asia on the Seabourn Ovation.

$43,535: First-class round-trip Lufthansa flight from New York City to Hong Kong, which includes personal assistants, in-flight air humidifiers and Michelin-starred meals.

$45,413: Six-night trip to the South Pole. Meals, tents and guides are included.

Total = $249,956

Whether you’re booking a luxury trip or a quick weekend getaway, it’s important to have a financial plan in place. Use this downloadable budgeting spreadsheet for your next vacation.

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