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I would definitely consider myself a person who loves to travel. I grew up in California and so I was able to visit some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world at a younger age. When I got older I did more adventuring by moving to Nevada, Florida, and Illinois. Four time zones, three states, two cars, and a ton of miles later could lead you to many places you would like to go and see. However, my current motives cost me a lot of time and money. That is why I have decided to change my plan of attack this summer and travel by the way of stories. It is a lot more cost effective and I will be able to experience places, and times, in which I never could before.
For my first stop I am going to hop in my DeLorean, punch it to 88mph, and travel back in the early 1800's to the French and Italian islands in the Mediterranean in Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. It is going to be an exciting time because Napoleon Bonaparte is still the emperor of France and there are many feuds pertaining to that situation. I will be following a gentleman from Marseilles, France by the name of Edmond Dantes in my journeys. I am excited because I have seen videos of this era but I have never been able to experience it myself.
My second and final stop I will be heading south to the Amazon in John Grisham’s The Testament. It is a dangerous place down there and lucky for me the book is giant mosquito free. I will be following a lawyer named Nate O’Riley who is trying to find a woman who has inherited an extremely large amount of cash that she is unaware of.
I’ve never plunged into this deep of water before but I am also excited at the challenge ahead. I don’t have much time but I feel that I am up for the risk and I will enjoy my travels.
Flights to Europe and South America: $4,500
Hotels and food: $1,500
Time machine: $7,254,198,670,234,125
Travel by book: Priceless