“I love to travel but hate traffic and planes. I wish I could just beam myself anywhere instantly.” ~ Jordan Ladd
I cannot tell you how often I’ve expressed a similar sentiment, so it tickled me to find this quote by Jordan Ladd, American ‘scream queen’ actress.
Whilst there are still those who insist that the journey itself is more important than the destination, that just doesn’t work for me, not with the modern-day experience of airport security, waiting, more waiting, and a long flight crammed like sardines into a tin can. Sure, if the trip itself is a roadtrip… or an adventure on rail or boat, then yeah, the journey is a big part of the destination(s). But otherwise, yeah, Scotty, please beam me the heck out of here!
There’s a selfish little twist in my dream – only I (and my nominated friends, family and minions) have this technology. Imagine the pleasure of being able to hop to Paris for breakfast, Portugal for morning coffee and custard tarts, Kyoto for lunch and a stroll beneath the cherry blossom if my timing is right, America for a little clothes shopping, Botswana for a sundowner game drive, Chiang Rai for dinner at the night market, followed by a last hop home to sleep in my own bed! I could weave these into my everyday life too, so instead of a coffee break in the office kitchen, that little hop to Lisbon before hopping back to my desk…
(And yes, if I actually had a Trekkie transporter for real, of course I’d look at how it could be used as a force for good, to help people and the environment, but since it’s obviously a pure fantasy, so are my dreams of how I’d use it!)
What might you do if you could beam yourself anywhere instantly?
Another image from our trip to Iceland a few summers ago.
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