2016 Writing Challenge: Week One
Journal Prompt: If you were given the chance to go anywhere in the world for one week, where would you go? What would you do while you were there?
I’m addicted to the idea of travel, though I have admittedly limited experience with it. I have this plan in my head to backpack through the UK and Ireland at some time in the nebulous future. I’ve even started a savings account with the express intention of funding what I hope to be many adventures at home and abroad. But when it comes to actual travel, I’ve barely left the country. Hell, I’ve barely traveled in the country.
So I suppose the quick and easy answer to the prompt would be that I’d take that dream vacation to Ireland, but honestly, that’s a trip I can easily work out by myself with some planning and some saving and that passport I keep in my bedroom. The real answer would have to be a trip I wouldn’t normally be able to take without some serious help. So, what is the real answer? Antarctica.
Weird? Probably. But Antarctica is actually pretty difficult to get to, and most of the people who go are either independently wealthy, going as a journalist or documentary crew (If looking to hire, I would go in either of these capacities, and I’ll bring my own parka), or are there for, you know, science. So if a measly little tourist/writer like myself wants to go, I’m gonna need some kind of divine intervention. Or like $7,000.
As for what I’d do when I got there? I honestly have no idea. Since it’s so difficult to get there, I’ve put very little thought into the idea. I mean, there’s an easy answer: Penguins. Quickly followed by whales and polar bears, both of which actually kinda freak me out, but I think I can manage to keep a safe distance, or at least travel with someone slower than I am. One thing I can definitely say is that I would take a LOT of pictures, and write, and try really hard not to get frostbite. I think I’d have to figure the rest of the plan out when the opportunity presented itself.
So, who wants to give me a whole lot of money and a boat?