“If wishes were horses, beggars could ride”
Leafing through Journeys of a Lifetime, compiled by the National Geographic, I’m ready to go back several decades (when someone gives me a time machine), retire early with an assured income (never mind how) and start traveling.
Real-life, real-time possibilities
- Look up these trips on U-Tube.
- Check The National Geographic (Members can search every issue ever printed) for illustrated articles.
- On the Internet, you’ll find—if the location is accessible at all—more tours than you would ever consider. Reviews can be fascinating and add a real-life perspective. For a fiction writer, the reviews can suggest plot lines.
- Explore travel writers who have gone where you’d like to visit, but that may require a great deal of research; a traveler who has gone around the world may have two sentences, or nothing at all, on swimming in Ha Long Bay in Vietnam!
- Take a journey! But check up-to-date information before you talk to your travel agent–and don’t expect to leave before Covid-19 is under control.
Unexpected solution for a problem!
I’m editing middle-grade fiction for my upcoming series of “Aunt Tabby” books. Problem: Book One in the series, Aunt Tabby’s House, is half the length of the subsequent books. My editor informs me that disparity won’t do! One can’t pad a manuscript with irrelevant words, not if the writer wants readers. I must add a conflict that ties into the other conflicts. A trip to Seoul “in the footsteps” of the woman who was one of the first Americans to visit Korea, sparked an idea; if Aunt Tabby has visited Seoul, and been on a beach at Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, I have the key to both conflict and resolution, because Americans fought in both places, but I’m not sharing details yet.
One never knows where a book may lead…
Journeys of a Lifetime was published in 2007. Between international conflicts, changes in the travel and tour industries, and the pandemic, I wouldn’t set my heart on a specific travel before I checked it out. The book itself, with related writing and videos, is the best time machine I can find.
Anyone can travel virtually–or daydream…