Imagine, Gentle Reader, that one receives a check for a substantial amount of money in the mail. (Maybe this money was yours to begin with, but the Man grabbed it from your paycheck before you could stop it.) Suppose, then, that some dastardly villain, through some form of treachery, forced one to vacation in some choice spot. Horror of horrors, I know.
- The desert. Even though I have lived in Los Angeles for five years, I have not spent any real amount of time exploring the nearby deserts. It seems accessible yet private: I imagine being able to take a car out to some back-country place, to see the unblemished stars. Joshua Tree might be a good place to start.
- London. Remember, this was once the capital of the world. I really enjoyed the history and liveliness of this city when I visited it last year, and would like to explore it in more depth. I would like to spend more time at the British Museum, and perhaps take in more theater.
- Upstate New York. I traveled through this area on several occasions in the past, enjoying each trip (except a poorly-conceived job interview with a chemical company in a snow-filled Buffalo). It might be worthwhile to take another, closer, look.
- A south Pacific island. Relax on white beaches, by the warm crystal clear water? Sure! Besides, Gauguin seemed to like it.
- Japan or Korea. Those places might serve as a good introduction to Asia, as they are modern and dynamic societies. It would be cool to see what new technology we will be getting in the US next year. (I am not speaking about North Korea, of course, which is an embarrassment to humanity.)
- Australia and New Zealand. Everyone that I know that has visited these these places have been quite pleased. The farthest outpost (geographically) from England? Notice the trend here: I am fascinated by the Pacific Rim, and think that there is a lot of interesting activity happening here.
- Annapurna. I would like to see the big mountains of Nepal, and hike in the lands closest to the sky. This travelogue has some great pictures. There are organized expeditions available.
- Chicago and South Bend, Indiana. These places are my homeland, so I think that I will always end up there occasionally. And they hold their own form of attraction, too, from the cold energetic bustle of Chicago to gray familiar streets of Granger, where the house of my family is warm and dry even if the skies are cold and wet.
- Mars. This is admittedly a bit far-fetched. But why not? Will I ever stand on that foreign shore and seek out a bluish-white light in the sky? If not me, then one of my children. There is no history there, only a blank page, ready to be written on by those clever and bold enough to take up the pen.