I wanted to inspire travel amongst bartenders and bar patrons alike, so not too long ago, I created some coasters to be used in your home, or given to bars. I gave the coasters out as mini freebies at a conference, at local bars and finally to those who requested them.
Each coaster contained three words: Would You Rather… and those three words were followed by two different events or scenarios that involve travel and hopefully increases the interest of the viewer to research what each one is and evoke a desire to get on the road.
Below are the questions that were on each coaster and my personal answers to each one! Scroll down to check them out!
Attend Holi Festival in India or Carnival in Brazil?
Holi Festival marks the end of Winter in India and welcomes Spring. It’s a festival full of colors that everyone throws at each other, covering the city and the people in the same vibrant colors everywhere. Carnival in Brazil occurs between the Friday before Ash Wednesday and continues until Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent. Basically, it’s everyone’s last weekend to get all the partying out of their system before they have to go cold turkey for Lent. While I have attended both and enjoy both, I have a strong attachment to Carnival and have been dying to return. Both are filled with love, both are filled with happiness, but people got crazy with their costumes during Carnival and the partying would start in the AM and go for hours until the PM. The danger factor for both is about equal because everyone has a lot of booze in them so people start to get grabby.
Trek to Machu Picchu or Climb Mt. Fuji?
When I went to Machu Picchu I cheated and took an unusual route. If you’re interested in it, check it out here. So I haven’t seen the inca trail or the salkantay trail, the two main treks to get to Machu Picchu. I hear they’re beautiful, but I’m not sure if I’m willing to dish out $600 to be safely guided there in 2-3 days. Mt. Fuji on the other hand, requires only a donation and 8 hours of your physical being. When I climbed to the top it was such an accomplishment and so beautiful to enjoy, I almost think I’d do it again (even though at the time I told myself I would never put myself through such physical exhaustion again).
Go on a Kenya Safari or a Galapagos Cruise?
The Galapagos is located several miles off the coast of Ecuador and a cruise can involve seeing animals who don't understand what predators are, swimming with sea lions, and penguins, and spotting dolphins in the water. A safari is an overland expedition which takes you through the wildlife habitats and Kenya is one of the most well-known countries for it. Since I haven’t been on a Kenya safari, this is tough because I’d love to do something I’ve never done before. With both, you get to see the animals in the wild and really connect with nature. To be able to swim with sea lions and penguins in the same place though was an incredible experience and I much prefer being in the water, so I think I might go back to the Galapagos.
Have an unlimited international flight ticket or never have to pay for food at restaurants?
With the amount of food I eat, you would think I’d choose the food. Then I wouldn’t have to worry about choosing between luxurious dining or street food. That $50 all-you-can-eat meat in Río de Janeiro wouldn’t have burned a hole in my pocket, but it was worth it. But no, I choose an unlimited flight. Why? Well flights are more pricey than food. You can easily get food for a dollar in Vietnam or India, but getting there is what costs the most. Besides being able to afford food on my own, I know that when I buy food I’m helping a local business which can then help someone feed their family. When you’re helping someone feed their family, you also get treated nicer, rather than getting all your meals for free.
Walk on the bottom of the ocean floor or visit space?
This question seems strange to have amongst a bunch of travel questions, so why would I choose this? When it comes to travel, you really have to have a desire to do whatever the hell you want, even if it seems impossible. It’s a mindset that gets you out the door. Although it may seem impossible, if it’s something you truly desire then you’ll make it happen. Hence this question. Two very mysterious questions, two scenarios which may seem out of reach, and yet completely possible.
So what would I choose?
The ocean is so vast and deep and closer to us than we believe, but it hasn’t been completely explored. Who knows what animals are down there? And then space... where the extent of its grandeur is unknown, we don’t know much about it and we have no idea what else lives out there... it comes close. But I think I’d visit space , maybe because I have a slight case of claustrophobia, and nothing fascinates me more than big open spaces that are undiscovered or seem empty but could contain a million living souls.
And there you have it. The answers to my own questions. These are all the things I’ve either experienced or would like to experience and I hope that when you all see these coasters in a random bar in San Diego, or just by reading this post, you’ll want to get out there, and start planning your next trip!
So, what would you choose?