Solar eclipse travel tips

Spirit in the sky

Stef Studley from our supplier Regent Travel details one of Nature's most atmospheric experiences in her solar eclipse travel tips: “Witnessing a total solar eclipse is something many people never get to see. It’s a moment where you truly feel the scope of the universe and your place in it. As the moon aligns with the sun it feels as if the world is holding its breath – the cicadas and birds stop their chirruping and an ephemeral hush seems to fall like a blanket over the earth. As the moon’s shadow passes and the sun reappears it’s as if someone has pressed a switch and the world comes back to life – you will remember the experience forever.”

Taking a look around

Stef Studley from our supplier Regent Travel stresses the joys of getting an all-round vacation experience in her solar eclipse travel tips: “Going to a new destination to witness the solar eclipse is an incredible experience, but make sure you appreciate where you are going as well. Whilst the total eclipse might last just a few minutes (and might even be obscured by the weather) the country you are visiting will have any number of other reasons to visit. So take time to absorb other aspects of the country.”

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US National Parks and solar eclipse vacation

US National Parks and solar eclipse vacation

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2023: 3 Oct, 10 Oct
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Tips from our travelers

At Responsible Travel, we think the best people to advise our travelers are often... other travelers. They always return from our tours with packing tips, weather reports, ideas about what to do - and opinions about what not to.

We have selected some of the most useful solar eclipse travel tips that our guests have provided over the years to help you make the very most of your vacation - and the space inside your suitcase.
Don't worry if you don't see the northern lights as there are so many other enjoyable experiences.
- Jan McGourty
“If looking for Northern Lights do not rely on the alert system by mobile phone. One night we saw the lights but had no forecast and no alert. Dress in all the gear you are given, go outside about 10:30 pm and wait, maybe take a gentle walk to keep warm while staying focused on the north. We saw them 3 nights out of 6, despite a full moon. If trying to photograph them, read up how to do so before you go. We used a tripod and a cable release to prevent shaking the camera and it is best if you are able to hold the shutter open to maximise your chance of 'catching the lights'.” - Rowena Schofield

“Use spare time to cram in as much other stuff as you can.” - Tony van der Bovencamp

“Stay a few days extra.” - Doreen Kelly

“Stay as long as you can. Be interested in what the guides can teach you - if you are willing to ask they know so much about everything it is fascinating.” - Kathy Agashi
Talking to local people about their lives was one of the most fascinating aspects of this vacation.
- Joanna Rothon
Written by Norman Miller
Photo credits: [Page banner: James Niland] [Spirit in the sky: IIP Photo Archive] [Taking a look around: Kurt Cotoaga] [Jan McGourty Quote: Martin Jernberg] [Joanna Rothon Quote: Luis Esnal]