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The four steps to become a space tourist might be more attainable than you think. Since you were a child you may have dreamt of one day traveling to space. However, most children with wild imaginations assume to get to space you need to become an astronaut. The space tourism industry is now making it possible for regular people with regular jobs to experience the thrill of space exploration.


Find training grounds. NASA, for example, offers a training program for soon-to-be space tourists, but there are private companies that offer space training. Be prepared for some intense training that will likely last at least eight months, if not longer. Once you find your options, learn more about what the program offers, who is conducting the training and how much it costs. 


Raise the funds. Space tourism training isn't free. No matter what training program you choose, you're going to have to pay for it. You also need to have money put aside for a long period of time. In other words, you need to raise cost of living funds. You might be off on your space adventures for the next year or two, but your mortgage isn't going to pay itself. 


Get all you can from the training. Space tourism training is seriously intense. You need to be in good physical condition. Prepare yourself for the flights and learn how to live in space. This includes practice in weightlessness, time spent under extreme pressure in a centrifuge and practice braving space. Some of the training involves simply getting used to wearing all the necessary equipment, while other aspects involve basic wilderness skills, like pitching a tent.


Blast off! Once training is complete and you understand what to expect from your space tourism experience, you're ready to become a space tourist. The day of your launch will be scheduled well in advance. You're likely going to be away from this planet for quite a while, so get your affairs in order before you leave. Arrange for your bills to be paid and your home to be looked after, and tell your friends and loved ones goodbye. Show up on time for your launch, put on your equipment, strap yourself in and get ready for the time of your life!