Most Expensive Vacation?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by drmilktruck, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    From FiveThirtyEight.com:

    NASA has announced that it will provide private citizens room and board on the International Space Station — for $35,000 a night. Add to that $18,000 per kilogram for round-trip travel and $17,500 an hour for the astronauts’ time (not including tips, presumably) and pretty soon you’re talking about real money for that space vacation. [The Washington Post]

    My 48 hour door to trip to NYC with my son would have cost:

    Lodging: $70,000 each
    Travel: $180,000 each
    Astronauts' time: $840,000 each

    Total: $1,090,000 each

    It was more fun to see the guitar show and the Yankees-Bosox game. I'll have to tell NASA I'm not interested.
     
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  2. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    Lol. Sounded cheap to me until I heard the 2nd news story on it. Turns out the nightly rate doesn't include transportation. If memory serves, the ride up and back tacks on an additional $45,000,000.00. :confused:
     
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  3. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
    69
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Makes Disney World seem like a bargain.
     
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  4. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
    About the same price for two Raptors' tickets off of Stubhub for game 5 tonight.
     
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  5. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Toronto
    At $18,000 per kilogram, that's a powerful incentive to hit the gym.
     
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  6. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    And what do you get to do on the way there? - sit.
    And when you get there? - sit or maybe float around a little bit.
    And on the way back home? - Sit.
    And what do you get to eat? crappy freeze dried space food.
    Sounds like fun to me...:rolleyes:.
    Sounds like a bargain to me....NOT!
    Like spending a few weeks in a mini van.
     
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  7. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Alabama
    My nephew works at Nasa Mission Control for the Space Station, assisting the scientists with their experiments. He said, from dealing with the SS daily, while it has to be an amazing thing to be in space ( of course), the day to day aspects of being stuck in that tin can so far up has got to be maddening.
    If your job takes you there for a few weeks or so, that would be awesome...but to pay to be there...no thanks.
    I bet the amazement goes away quickly and then you're looking at your watch until your ride comes to bring you back to Earth.
     
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  8. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Actually my math was bad. It should be $1.8 million each for travel.
     
  9. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    71
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    How many frequent flyer points is that?
     
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  10. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Age:
    60
    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    My idea of a vacation ...... Me and my Martin up in Maine at my cousins house . Campfire and a 6 pack of Shipyard Summer Ale . Best $8.99 you'll ever spend ;)
     
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  11. RG7X

    RG7X Gretschie

    293
    Nov 11, 2018
    Los Angeles
    I've started to tone down on accumulating lots of material goods and expensive vacations... keepin' it simple and enjoying the beauty of this planet has been the way to go and much cheaper.
     
  12. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    53
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Since my wife is only 42 kg I am just calkulating whether I could possibly afford to present her this trip for her upcomming birthday.
    Sadly I can not fund the ticket for me and even more sadly I will not be able to drum up the money for her flight back to earth. But I really hope that she will enjoy this holiday nonetheless.
     
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  13. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Synchromatic

    614
    Feb 25, 2019
    USA
    Last time I did that the maid stole my wallet while I was out on a space walk. Meals were horrible, it was like the chef just served premade crap. My seat on the flight up was cramped and I got bumped from my flight home, twice.

    1 star only because 0 stars isn't an option. Would not stay there again.
     
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  14. Flouswa

    Flouswa Country Gent

    I'd rather spend the money on multiple trips back to the UK. And a trip to Australia in First Class, not crammed in a tiny rocket in a space suit. I'll pass.
     
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  15. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    I know a few guys who would like to send their wives on that trip and would pay extra for them to do an un-tethered space walk....:D.
     
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  16. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    Next thing you know, NASA will be getting corporate sponsorship by renaming flight vehicles. The Tidy Bowl II?
     
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