Question of the Month
The Question of the Month is hosted by Michael G D'Agostino from A Life Examined. The first Monday of each month I'll be answering a question posed by Michael prior to event day. Click on the link to his blog for more participants.
The question for this month is:
“Of all the places in the world that you haven’t yet been to, where would you like to go next?”
That's kind of a crazy question for me. I get asked and my head starts flooding with places I want to go. Many of the places where I think about going I've already been to and many of those I have to go back to because that's where my family is. For me, travel to visit family precedes any travel I'd want to do for sheer pleasure. It's an issue of love I would say. I enjoy traveling, but I love seeing and spending time with family members. If doing this requires travel, then that's where my travel time will go. And of course my finances dictate how much travel I can actually do.
Then there are those places that have fascinated me, but I'd be wary about going because of the situation in those places based on what I've heard in the media and elsewhere.
One place that would be logistically easy for me to do and probably inexpensive would be a road tour of Mexico. A tourist can just drive across the border into Mexico and drive around. From what I've seen in documentaries and articles, there are some nice places to go in Mexico. I've been to Mexico City and that was interesting to take in the sights of that area. But there's that safety factor. I've known people who have gone there and had some bad things happen and I've read about worse.
Not sure about driving around Mexico, but I'd sure like to. Good food, some fine people, and interesting places to visit. Since my wife is a native Spanish speaker I'd definitely want her along since my Spanish is not all that good. However she has no interest in going there--even if it were safe with little travel risk. She's from Ecuador and isn't interested in going to Mexico. Truth be told, she's said that she doesn't even want to go back to Ecuador. She probably would if I asked her to go and money were not an object, but if left up to her she wouldn't go back to her homeland. At least that's what she usually says.
By the way, regarding this world travel issue, travel isn't all that cheap. At least not the way we prefer to do it. When I'm traveling I prefer to stay in nicer hotels and eat in decent restaurants. I'm not the roughing it adventurer that I used to be when I was younger. I've grown softer as I've grown older. My kind of travel takes a fair amount of money though not as much as a true luxury traveler.
So Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin American will be places I might dream about visiting, but the closest I'll probably ever get will be someone else's vacation photos or travel documentaries I see on television. Also there are the places in my sleep dreams. I like to sleep in my own bed at night in my own house and I go to some pretty exotic places in my dreams. That works for me too.
Do you enjoy watching travel documentaries? Did you travel much in your younger days? Are you able to travel much now?
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