Of Travel & Time Machines

Of Travel & Time Machines

“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…

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