Travel Opportunities for Celestial Events

MAZATLAN, MEXICO – APRIL 08: A woman puts on her glasses to see the eclipse on April 08, 2024 in Mazatlan, Mexico. Millions of people have flocked to areas across North America that are in the “path of totality” in order to experience a total solar eclipse. During the event, the moon will pass in between the sun and the Earth, appearing to block the sun. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

There are few things in life that unite people globally the way that astronomical events do. Today was the highly anticipated solar eclipse that stretched across North America. Its path of totality first became visible from the Mexican beach town of Mazatlan, and ended in the eastern provinces of Canada. It was as though everybody living somewhere within the eclipse’s path of totality stepped out of their homes and workplaces, put on their special glasses, and looked up in unison to take in the astronomical wonder. 

Special events like this present a unique opportunity for the travel industry, particularly for travel agents. Lots of people already love to travel; many of them will even go out of their way to line their trip up with a celestial event. Some people might travel just to see the celestial event in person. Knowing this, Delta Airlines planned two flights from Texas specifically dedicated to viewing the eclipse. They scheduled the flights and planned the flight paths to align with the eclipse’s path of totality in hopes of optimal viewing. Both of these flights sold out within a day. 

As a travel agent, natural and celestial wonders can be an opportunity to sell especially unique travel experiences to clients. And solar eclipses aren’t the only cool things to see – there are supermoons, meteor showers, comet sightings, and more! You don’t necessarily need to make this your niche. But by keeping your finger on the pulse of such events, you can have the insight and ability to make some of your clients’ trips even more special.