SARASOTA, Fla. - Are you ready for an out of this world experience for an out of this world price? Look no further.
Admiral Travel International is offering tickets on board Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic in to outer space. The travel agency is one of only several others around the globe offering tickets.
"Knowing that this is open to anyone is very important. This is a tremendous milestone," said Admiral co-owner Ryan Hilton. "The Virgin brand has to be the best suited travel company to be able to be the first to carry passengers beyond the earth's atmosphere."
Virgin Galactic is still in its testing phases, but could start commercial service in to space beginning as early as January 2014. Already, more than 500 tickets have been sold around the globe. The price tag: $200,000. Two people from Sarasota have already signed up, including Miguel Iturmendi, a pilot.
"I'm really excited. As a pilot, and growing up in the 1970s with all of the NASA missions, I was just dreaming to one day be able to see the earth from space," said Iturmendi.
Experts expect the ticket price to decrease 2-3 years after the company's first flights.
If you are interested in buying a ticket, visit: admiraltravel.com