I learned the term "armchair explorer" from Suzanne Arruda, who is a local author in my area. She's a neat lady and writes the Jade Del Cameron mystery series about an American woman adventurer in 1920's Africa.
But anyway, I thought the term could apply to me fairly easily too. I've never strayed too far from home. I could probably name all the states I've been to on my fingers. Let's see: Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota (got to see Mount Rushmore!), Illinois, and...oh, yeah. We crossed into the Texas border so I could say I'd been to Texas. That makes nine states I've been to.
Yeah, I don't get out much. So I rely on books, movies, and the Internet to get my traveling curiosities fulfilled, all from the safe, comfortable cushion in my armchair.
But in books and movies, I've gotten to experience different times and places, some made up, some real. And through the Internet I've make some amazing friends from places like Canada, Barbados, Scotland, Germany, the Philippines.
Still. I'd like to be able to get out a little more and experience some of these things in real time. I'd like to run my bare toes through the green, green grass in Ireland, and get all dizzy when I look down into the Grand Canyon. I'd like to walk into the replica at Hogwarts at Disney World (or wherever it is!). I'd like to climb the Eiffel Tower, or maybe brush off some crumbling dust from a Pyramid in Egypt. Just to say I did.
What about you? What are some places you'd like to go? Or are you a real-life explorer and have been to all the seven wonders?
All I have to say is thank God for books and movies and the Internet. I'd be very bored right now without them!