Thank you all for your creative and thoughtful feedback to my post last week. As promised, I submitted each of your comments with my assignment. The instructor, and fellow writers, were very impressed by your thought-provoking words. Without further ado, here is what I submitted in answer to the question posed.
The Travel Genie Grants You Three Wishes. What are they?
I recently posed the title question to the blogosphere. The responses were both inspiring and stimulating. I wanted to join each and every commenter on the journeys that they described. One reply began to quietly simmer at the back of my brain. It simply stated: “This is a challenging assignment that requires much thought.” So, instead of hurriedly delving into this writing task (as I would often do), I paused and reflected.
“With great power, there must also come great responsibility.’ Stan Lee, Spider-Man.
Thus, Dear Genie, I have carefully considered my three wishes. My top travel desires are:
- Everyone would have access to the Travel Genie and would be required to use this gift wisely. We so often hear about the ‘ugly tourist’ and the wide-spread devastation caused by thoughtless excursions. Our Travel Genie would guide us in making responsible, sustainable choices. This Genie would also lead us to mutual respect and understanding of our world’s people, cultures and the environment.
- While we are improving humankind through travel, I wish for genuinely sustainable transport. Electric vehicles, active transportation and fossil-fuel-free transit are desperately needed to address the fragile health of our planet.
- I humbly request to join my blogging buddies on their bucket-list adventures. Jiving along in an electric-powered hippy van with The Widow Badass, cocktails with Aimer in her breathtaking ocean hut, and a (ridiculously) long trek with Tassie Kaz are just a few of the highlights. You’d be most welcome to join us. Dream-destination travel with like-minded friends who share their incurable wanderlust – what could be better?
The secret of my list, dear Genie, is that until you arrive, the crux of my travel desires is within our grasp. It will take each of us being accountable, speaking out, and working together for change. The time for this transformation is now
Feature Photo Credit: Alexander Schimmeck, Unsplash.