Did you get to see the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017? I am lucky enough to live in a place that experienced totality, and boy, from the shared experience to watching the night bugs come out in the middle of the day, the whole thing turned out to be even cooler than I expected.
I mean, 10/10 would definitely do it again.
If you feel the same way – or if you didn’t get to see it this time around – no need to be sad that it’s over. There are always more on the horizon, and bonus points for picking one that lets you travel somewhere you’ve always dreamed of going?
Me? I’m thinking Iceland, 2026.
July 2, 2019: It’ll be winter in the Southern hemisphere, which could present some issues, but Chile and Argentina are both in the path of totality next time around.
December 14, 2020: It’s Chile and Argentina for the win again, this time in the gorgeous summertime – and just when those of us up “north” might be looking for a warm winter getaway.
April 8, 2024: Another one in North America, with totality crossing from Texas to the Great Lakes. Mexico and Canada will work, too, if you’re looking to go further from home.
August 12, 2026: Western Iceland and Spain are the only two places you’ll see this one from land. I’ll meet you at the famous Blue Lagoon, y’all!
August 2, 2027: This one will last over 6 minutes in Egypt. Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia, and the northern coast of Africa will all glimpse totality as well.
July 22, 2028: Australia is huge, so make plans to be in Sydney if you want to see this solar eclipse from Down Under.
Septemper 2, 2035: If you’ve always wanted to travel to East Asia, here’s your excuse. This total eclipse will pass over the capital cities of China and North Korea (I definitely don’t recommend visiting there, though), as well as some of northern Japan.
August 23, 2044: You’ll have to plan carefully to see this brief and narrow eclipse. Head to a teeny piece of Montana in the USA, or Alberta and the Northern Territories in Canada.
August 12, 2045: You’ve got tons of options this year, and many of them are pretty sweet travel destinations. The eclipse path starts in Northern California and arcs down to Florida (Disney World, anyone?), but you’ll see over 6 minutes of totality in the Bahamas. If none of that appeals to you, you can always head to the Dominican Republic, Venezuela (maybe not), or Brazil.
August 2, 2046: Head to Africa – specifically Angola, Botswana, South Africa, and Swaziland – to enjoy five minutes of darkness.
There you have it! This list should keep you busy for a while, so happy travels, and happy eclipse-ing!
h/t: Atlas Obscura
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