Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What If... You Could Go Anywhere on Vacation?

Last April, I posed the question, “What if... you found yourself on a sinking ship?” Well, in an effort to be a bit more positive these days, I've thought of another “What If?” question worth asking my fellow authors and their characters.

About two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Montana, Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park for the first time in my life, and although it was technically a business trip, I relished the chance to see wild bison amid gushing geysers, take my first-ever snowmobiling trip, and glide across an ice-skating rink at night. Of course, as with most of my travels over the years, the trip only made me long to experience other destinations – preferably while on vacation with my husband. Not surprisingly for a travel writer, the list is rather long, ranging from Costa Rica to Scotland to New Zealand to Florence, Italy. Heck, I wouldn't mind seeing the Moon someday either!

So, what if you could go anywhere on vacation? Where would you venture first? Another country? Another planet? Another dimension?

Let your imaginations soar!

16 comments:

Galadriel said...

I want to go back to the British Isles. All my favorite authors are from there, the history is so rich and beautiful, and they have Doctor Who.
Also, New Zealand...the closest one can get to Middle Earth on this planet.

Olivia Harper said...

Oh, I agree wholeheartedly, Galadriel. The British Isles and New Zealand are on my list, too!

Galadriel said...

Only been to London and Oxford so far, and I didn't even get inside any of the colleges or visit Tolkien's grave.

Laura Martone said...

I've also been to London and Oxford, Galadriel - loved both cities! Although I did get to visit the colleges, I did not get a chance to see Tolkien's grave. Now, I have something else to add to my already long bucket list!

Jil said...

My goodness, you're here!
Well, I'm planning a trip to Ireland. Milford in the north where my cousin and all her family live. I'd love to go on a hiking tour if I can coax someone to accompany me.

Laura Martone said...

Hi, Jil. It's been a long time since anyone "real" has visited this site... all I find myself doing these days is deleting anonymous spam comments.

Anyway, I'm jealous of your trip to Ireland - that's definitely at the top of my wish list. I hope you have a wonderful time - and, of course, find a willing hiking partner. If I were there, I would definitely take you up on the offer! Sláinte!

Jil said...

Actually. instead of my trip to Ireland I got a super border collie pup so shall stay home with him. Not sorry at all!

Laura Martone said...

Hmm... it would be hard for me to choose between the two. The memories of a trip to Ireland would last forever, but then again, border collies are pretty darn awesome! So, have fun with him, Jil!

P.S. By the way, what's his name?

Jil said...

His name's Angel. I guess I'm asking for trouble there.... He's a great pup and the star of the local coffee shop!
How's the travel writing going? Or do I have you mixed with someone else/

Laura Martone said...

Angel, huh? That's funny, Jil!

My cat's called Ruby Azazel - and the second name actually refers to a biblical demon - so I was definitely going for truth, not irony, when I named my own little furball. ;-)

Anyway, I'm glad you're enjoying your new pup. I think Angel's a cute name.

And as for my travel writing... well, it's actually going pretty well. I'm currently writing travel articles for Answers.com, working on my latest MOON MICHIGAN guidebook, and helping my husband with several different audio tours of New Orleans.

The fiction, unfortunately, is a slower process, but I finally decided to split my huge novel into three smaller ones - so that's a step in the right direction.

How's the writing going for you?

jil Plummer said...

You know I have so many finished novels I've been going through some of them. Another new one I've started and another I want to work on so I end up playing with Angel. It doesn't seem worth getting an agent these days and is it worth publishing another myself? - tis a quandry. I hate doing the promotion. Now if I won the lottery...

Meanwhile summer flies, Angel grows and life here is pretty good. Take care, jil

Laura Martone said...

After several years of ignoring my poor novel, which admittedly is a bit of a behemoth, I've finally decided to make it a trilogy. Not only am I happy about this long-in-coming decision, but it's also served to light a necessary fire under my butt!

If only I could figure out a way to juggle my travel-writing and fiction-writing duties... and still have a life.

Anyway, I'm glad to hear that you're keeping busy, Jil. I do understand, though, your current quandary. Although I, too, have decided to forego the agent route, I'm nervous about the self-promotional requirements of self-publishing. But luckily, I have a supportive hubby who's willing to help!

Have fun with Angel!

Tam said...

I'd go to Spain to visit Salvador Dali's Teatro Museo. I have travelled a lot and this has been on my bucket list since I was a teen.

Laura Martone said...

That's a terrific goal, Tam - thanks for sharing!

Jil said...

Hi Laura - if you find this: "Amber Dust"came out on Amazon a few weeks ago. Look up my new website - jilplummer.com - I think the guy did a nice job of it.
I think writing your travel articles and a novel must be really difficult. How's it going?Angel is a great,almost, dog!

Laura Martone said...

Hi, Jil! Congrats on the new book - and website. I checked out both just now. :-)

As for me, it's not always easy to juggle travel and fiction writing, but I'm doing my best. Actually, I'm turning my novel into a trilogy right now. Wish me luck!

And give Angel a loving pat for me!