If you’ve got $500,000, your next vacation could be on Mars.

That’s what PayPal cofounder and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says, at least. You’ll have to wait until 2014 and it’ll be slightly more dangerous than Jamaica, but otherwise, the stars are your new destination.

First, a caveat: this is the same guy who was making noise about electric sports cars a few years back, so you may want to take this with a grain of salt. But based on Musk’s recent interview with the BBC, he’ll be sending test ships into orbit as early as next month—along with an open invitation to buy tickets.

The key is a breakthrough in reusable rocketry, which means SpaceX won’t have to throw away a $300 million engine every time they want to make a trip. He’s also planning to refuel on Mars, but he’s not telling anyone how. If he pulls it off, he will have beaten NASA to the Red Planet by at least a decade.

You’ll want to start saving now.

—R.B.

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