Visiting the Epcot Center at Walt Disney World back in 1990 must have really left an impression on me. Because now I want to travel the world, for real.
Yesterday as I was driving home from work, “Who’s Says” by John Mayer came on the radio, and while it’s been in my head ever since then, there’s a particular line that I keep dwelling on: “plan a trip to Japan”.
It opens up this can of worms for me, one that I try to keep out of mind and out of sight: The realization that I will never be able to travel and see the entire world, in all its beauty and mystique.
To see the ancient and modern wonders of the world. To meet the people who live in those countries. To eat their food and drink their wine. To publish a photo album on facebook from my travels to these places.
I have seen a few countries of the world: Ecuador in 1998, Trinidad and Tobago in 2002, Thailand in 2003 and 2004, Korea in 2004, and New Zealand in 2007. But that only made me thirst for more.
Best case scenario: I would have to earn or win millions of dollars and retire early in order to be able to see all the parts of the world I want to.
Like Norway and Switzerland and Italy and Croatia. So basically Europe.
So since it would be disappointing to assume I’ll end up a millionaire and be able to travel the world in this lifetime, I should consider my next best option:
That when we get to Heaven, in the likeness of a glorified Epcot Center, there will be portal we can step into and instantly see any part of the world we want to.
Even better, in any year. Sweden 1983, here I come!
Paul Maley, whom I’ve never met and just happened to randomly find your website, I envy you and your 30 plus years of world travel…
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