Ready for the Next Solar Eclipse? A 4 Step Guide to Planning Ahead


If the recent Great American Solar Eclipse got your juices flowing to see another one, you're in luck. The United States will experience another similar phenomenon—but with a whole new path in 2024. Here are the 4 steps to take to get ready for your next opportunity to marvel at the universe.

Decide on a Location

The good news for eclipse viewers is that these stellar phenomena are very predictable. You can find maps for the next hundred years' worth of solar and lunar eclipses all around the globe. This means you can start researching where you want to go almost immediately. Look for a location that's as close to the "center line" of the path of totality as possible. It should have lots of lodging options and stores for last minute needs. And it should have a record of good weather on your chosen date. You can investigate historical weather data through many sites on the internet. 

Get Lodging Early

Without a doubt, the hardest part of making eclipse plans too late is locating reasonable lodging inside the path. Start booking your hotel or other lodging as soon as possible. You'll want to secure a place to stay that does not require you to travel on the day of the eclipse, since other travelers will fill the roads to capacity. Depending on your style and budget, you may want to look at any type of accommodations from hotels, B&Bs, campsites, private vacation rentals, condos, or even a friend's house. But don't wait!

Have a Plan B

Weather is the most unpredictable part of eclipse viewing, but other plans can also fall through. So you should have some flexibility in case something goes wrong. This means making a Plan B or even a Plan C. Such backup plans could include researching lodging options in nearby towns in case your original plans fail, having a car available so you can change viewing spots if clouds come in, and having emergency supplies in case conveniences are in short supply. 

Do Your Research

Before you head out to view a solar eclipse, educate yourself about its effects and what to look for. There are a number of fascinating changes and phenomena that will occur before and during the event, and you don't want to miss any of them. Learn about the so-called Baily's Beads of light, the diamond ring effect, the effects on plants an animals, and the "snakes" the form from the last rays of light. In addition, get your gear ready to record or observe these additional wonders. You will likely want solar filters for cameras or phones, powerful binoculars or a scope (with a solar filter), and video recording equipment. Many of these items will sell out early again, so get them soon. 

Whether it's in 2024 or at some other total eclipse, all the planning and energy you put into making your arrangements will undoubtedly be worth it when you experience this incredible sight once again. 


29 August 2017

Planning a Fall Trip

The long, hot days of summer are almost over. Perhaps, you’re more than ready for this season to end. If fall is your favorite time of the year, consider planning a fun trip after the weather turns cooler. You might absolutely adore visiting a mountain town in order to see the beautiful fall foliage. During your stay, you may wish to rent a room in a bed and breakfast establishment. Or, you might want to reserve a room in a hotel you’re familiar with. Regardless of the type of lodging you choose, be sure to select a room with a stunning view. On this blog, I hope you will discover tips for securing the best room available for a fun fall trip. Enjoy!