Are you plotting global domination today?
Having finally gotten this beast that is TtW off the ground this week, I realized that I need to revisit my Master Plan to Conquer the Globe (or MPCB if we MUST resort to acronyms). Ultimately, you’ll have the privilege of watching it change over time. Lucky you!
My MPCB is an ever-evolving list of potential travel destinations. It’s VERY long, and includes not only places but constraints on time of year, mode of transportation, and travel class. For example, let’s say I want to visit Oaxaca City, Mexico (which I DO). I have promised myself that my very first visit to Oaxaca will include November 1 and several days before and after.
For those of you unfamiliar with Oaxaca, you may find yourself staring at that last sentence and thinking to yourselves “Hinky is HINKY!”
Well, yes. I am.
But the reason for the time constraint is THIS.
Day of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most magical holidays. It’s a time when family and friends come together to remember their dead loved ones through food, music, prayer and colorful altars. Oaxaca, Mexico’s southern cultural gem, is a unique place to experience Dia de Muertos.
See what I mean? And I’ll just BET that now you know what the date of the Day of the Dead is, don’t you??
In my post about my beloved Peter Mayle I made a big deal about how my desire to travel to southern France was formed by a beloved series of books. And now, long after that trip is over, I can still recall the greatest meal I ever had at a French country inn outside of Avignon because it was a long, considered Sunday lunch in the best Provencal tradition…something I’d never known existed had it not been for Mr. Mayle’s prolific descriptions of this delicious tradition.
Ok, so back to the MPCG.
This plan changes ALL THE TIME. I often review the plan and go digging around to learn more about a destination so that I can optimize the timing and circumstances of a trip. The MPCG is also affected by cost, effort (getting there and back), logistical complexity (visas, immunizations, cultural considerations), and just my personal feelings at any given time.
Yes. I’m complicated.
No, I’m not.
I just want every trip I plan and execute to be as meaningful as possible. It doesn’t have to be expensive…in fact, I’d rather it wasn’t. But if taking a long tail boat in Phuket to Ko Phi Phi is a more authentic experience than a speedboat (and these days in Thailand, I hear there really isn’t a ton of “authentic” involved in either), then I’m going to optimize my trip for the long tail.
Soon, as this site is more fully built out, I’ll share the MPCG.
Evil genius at work. Shhhhh!
Hink is an aspiring traveler plotting global domination and looking for the funny.
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