NZ Herald's Deputy Travel Editor, Stephanie Holmes, shares her travel dreams.

In a week: Counting shooting stars in Lake Tekapo and the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve - the Southern Hemisphere's only dark sky reserve, and one of only eight in the world.

In a month: Glamping at Elqui Domos in Chile's Atacama Desert - a resort purpose-built for outer space-loving guests, complete with dome-shaped tents with portholes to the vast skies above, and an on-site observatory with two very powerful telescopes.

In a year: Anywhere between Madras, Oregon and Columbia, South Carolina, watching the Great American Eclipse - the first total solar eclipse to hit America in 26 years, the first to cross the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts since 1918, and the first eclipse to be visible only from American soil since the country's independence in 1776. For star gazers, being in the US on August 21, 2017 is a once in a lifetime opportunity.