Imagine a dreamscape…
I have always been drawn to travel-heavy careers. To have the ability to fly to a new location and experience new people, new cultures, new sights, sounds and tastes AND get paid for it would be an absolute dream come true.
It’s an adventure, and sometimes adventures have consequences.
Including security lines, bag checks, and delayed flights.
Reality check: I don’t have one of those jobs. I have a desk job where I sit on my butt most of the day sending emails to other people sitting at their desks. Sometimes I don’t even take a break. Terrible right?
I feel fortunate that I made it out of the United States in my teens. I was lucky enough to have enough common sense to join my high school music department and visit Australia. In retrospect I should have taken advantage of more of those group trips. I should have also studied abroad while I had the chance. Travel is just so much more expensive for me now – someone who is just trying to scrape by with her bills and somehow still plan for the future.
Oh the places I would go…
I have to admit, the more exotic the destination the better for me. I want to visit the cliff dwellings of Cappadocia. I want to feel the wacky, weird energy of Japan’s nightlife. I want to trek around the volcanic ice caves of Antarctica. I’m fascinated by all this world has to offer. I am a tiny speck on this huge rock and I’m ready to explore. I want to visit a place that few people think about going to.
I would love to taste meals in rural Thailand – sweet, sour, bitter, and savory, all in one bite. I want to sit on a patio in France and eat freshly baked pastries and sip espresso for an entire afternoon. I would love to enjoy a warm meal under the lights of the Northern Sky (I can’t even imagine the logistics behind something like this, but a girl can dream!)
I am even willing to put my American mind aside to try local “delicacies,” (use your imagination here). I’ve learned to be a better “yes” person more than a “no” person, especially on vacations. I don’t want ignorance to get in the way of experience. I realize that will be easier said than done when I’m faced with trying a plateful of insects, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
Who knows where I will end up. When I am in a foreign country, I am usually at the mercy of my hotel’s front desk clerk. GPS and internet can be expensive commodities to come by when traveling outside of the United States. I imagine the language barrier could be a challenge as well. Perhaps finding restaurants that use translation software before you leave the states ahead of time could help. It never hurts to ask a few locals about their favorite places to eat or visit too.
What about you? Where do you want to go if money were no option? Is there a place you feel like nobody else wants to visit but you? Are there any foods you wouldn’t try?
Thanks for visiting and happy travels!