IBQ Writing Prompt: Vacation

introvertChallengeUpdate:  Since the WordPress daily prompt meshes well with the IBQ prompt of the week, I’m adding my reply to the WP daily prompt and using this blog for both, so I’m adding the five places I’d like to visit.

This week’s prompt is:

Fantasy Vacation

“A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.”  Earl Wilson

You have just won an all-expenses-paid week of vacation.  Where would you go?  What would you do?  This is your fantasy vacation, so let your imagination soar.  There are no limits of time, space, or even your own identity.  You can leave your job, your family, everyone and everything at home if you like (just make sure they don’t read your blog or you’ll have a lot of explaining to do).   Go for it!


How Does It Work?

The rules are on the IBQ page, but they are simple:  blog about what the prompt means to you and then come back here and leave a link.  There is no word limit.  Each week I will have a specific word or expression to get the creative juices flowing.  Think about them in terms of the relevance to your life.  Then sit down and write a blog.  You get extra credit if you include a photo or graphic.  Tag it with IBQ.  After you’ve posted, come back here to that week’s specific prompt page and add a link to your blog in my comment box.  Then check out what other introverts are saying.  Remember to “Follow” my blog to get your weekly reminders.

Here is my contribution.  Come back and leave a link to your contribution after you publish it.


I’m ready for a change of mind.  I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks taking on a new project at work, and I already need a break.  In traditional Star Trek fashion, “Beam me up, Scotty”.  Then set me back down in some exotic place that looks nothing like I’ve never know before.  Give me a tour guide, translator and driver that will take me to ancient temples and shrines so that I can pull out my trusty Nikon with the wide angle lens and have a field day capturing the beautifully oriental vision of life.

chinese-temple-5 rock_cave__buddha__yuntaishan__china Ganesh Temple at Nakhon Nayok Guan_yin_dancers500We’d spend the evening in our private villa, with a cook preparing dishes to our liking, after letting me trail around in the market place, shooting the amazing varieties of fruits and vegetables.  One evening we can attend a production by the Guan Yin Dancers.  What beauty and elegance they embody.  I would love to sit with a famous musical artist and have her explain her instrument and their music to me.  I’d like a renowned calligrapher to talk to me of his craft.

Since this is my fantasy vacation, my Orient would be cool.  Shirt sleeve weather, but no hotter.  Sunny but with some light, thin clouds overhead so the light isn’t so brilliant that it makes photography challenging.  Just the right filtered light, please.  And no crowds.  Some people, just to provide interest and some good people watching, but not surging crowds.  I want to be entertained, not smothered.

And no bugs.  Little monkeys and vividly colored birds are okay, but you can skip the bugs and snakes.

I’d like some place to sit and meditate in blissful quiet.  Maybe even a hammock in the shade somewhere, with a warm breeze blowing.  Just enough to rock me to sleep.  Yes, that’s what I’d like.  A full week of color and stimulation, interspersed with spots of blissful quiet solitude.   Ah, the wonder of it.  A fresh perspective.  Good food, entertainment, new experiences.  What could be better?

Added for the WP Daily Prompt:

  1. Alaska
  2. British Columbia (might as well hit Vancouver and Victoria on my way north)
  3. China (the Great Wall and some of the amazing Buddhist temples and shrines)
  4. Thailand
  5. New Zealand
  6. Australia

Okay, that’s one over the limit but I’m an over achiever.

What is your fantasy vacation?  Will you even stay on this planet?  In 2014?

Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  Look for my ongoing series celebrating introverts (Sunday), writing prompts for introverts (Wednesday) and introvert cartoons (Thursday), plus anything else interesting that I find in the meantime.  Come and share with like-minded introverts.  I also contribute to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.

28 thoughts on “IBQ Writing Prompt: Vacation

  1. Sounds like a great vacation. I like your last questions and think that if I’d like to take up the ‘beam me up Scotty’ option and spend a week cruising around Sirius 🙂

  2. Your vacation sounds awesome! I would love to see that Buddha carved into the hillside, but only if there were no crowds like in your dream vacation. 🙂

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  4. Oh no you didn’t… I dream about traveling ALL the time. I fantasize about going to so many places, I look at pictures of around the world every day. I even have a tumblr about it: http://illusionwanderer.tumblr.com/
    I shall write about my made-up 1 week vacation to share it later today. Should be fun and painful cause it won’t actually happen hehe. I gotta go eat something now. Today I went straight to the computer instead of straight to the kitchen, bad move.

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