Monday, February 1, 2021

You get an all-expenses-paid trip to any place in the world. Where do you go?

I like to travel.

Actually, I like to be in other places. I'm not a big fan of the process of actually getting to those places.

The older I get, the less I like airports, long car rides, etc. But once I get where I'm going, I couldn't be happier.

I've had jobs that required a good amount of travel, both domestic and international. I don't have nearly the travel resumé of many people I know, but I've hit a few interesting spots.

I think I still have 13 or 14 more states to visit to check all 50 off my list.

Country-wise, I've been to China, Australia, Canada, Mexico, the UK, France, Germany, and Spain. And I guess you could technically say I was in The Netherlands, but I never left the Amsterdam airport so it really doesn't count.

So if you came to me and said I could pick one place to go and you would pick up the tab, what would it be?

I really do need to hit Italy and Japan at some point, and I've never set foot in South America, which makes Brazil inviting.

But I'm pretty sure I know what my choice would be, and I have a feeling it probably doesn't match yours.

I would go to Antarctica.

Why? First off, how cool would it be to say you've been in Antarctica? Very cool, at least as far as I'm concerned.

Then there's this: Any other place in the world, I could eventually find my way there if I really wanted to go. But there aren't regular tours exploring the continent that sits at the bottom of the world. Other than a few cruises that skirt the coast and/or make brief stops to say you've been there, you generally have to be a research scientist to make it to Antarctica.

So if you're footing the bill, that's where I'm going.

How about you?

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