A writer I follow on Facebook asked the following question the other day:
If you won a free trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I didn't bother commenting, but I thought I'd talk about the question here with you. Personally, it's a hard question for me because... true confession time... I hate traveling. Oh, not short trips. I like going for drives. I just detest plane travel anymore.
I've always been interested in seeing Australia or New Zealand, for instance, but the thought of sitting on a plane for umpteen hours fills me with dread. I sit for too long, my legs seize up so when I finally do get upright again, I'm a total gimp. And my ass needs motion or my back goes squonky. Plus, being jammed into an airplane with a couple hundred of my favorite strangers sends the hermit in my running. Oh, I can do it, but it's not my idea of a fun way to start a relaxing vacation.
Don't get me started on airports. What used to be a much less stressful event is now like walking into a nuthouse where the patients are running amok. Are travelers always that rude in their day to day lives, or does the airport bring out the worst in people?
And then there's the world turmoil. Which makes me really not want to leave the confines of the good ol' U.S. of A.
Although, if someone invented a transporter like they have on Star Trek, I might still consider going to American-friendly countries - like the UK. All that history over there interests me. I might even consider going to Germany to try and trace the family roots over there.
Otherwise, though... meh.
So, my answer to the original question - where would I go if someone paid for a trip for me to go anywhere? Convert the trip to cash, please. I'll stay home and travel in my head. Or when I get a bug for wandering, I might finally drive to see the graves of my ancestors around here. That should make for two lovely weekend trips.
Now it's your turn - where would you go?