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YOU HAVE WON THE LOTTERY! Now where are you going to go??

YOU HAVE WON THE LOTTERY! Now where are you going to go??

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You have just won the lottery, an obscene amount, in fact, which means that money is no longer an object and the world is literally your oyster.

You close your eyes, clasp your hands with joy and inhale deeply - that country you have YET TO VISIT, that one elusive destination that you have dreamed of witnessing in person will soon be welcoming you with open arms.

WHAT AWAITS YOU? 

A leisurely and luxurious cruise around the Caribbean?  A first class ride on the legendary Orient Express? Your very own hideaway island? The Himalayas by helicopter?

But I suppose the most pertinent question of all is: 

WHY HAS THIS PARTICULAR DESTINATION CAPTURED YOUR HEART, SOUL AND IMAGINATION?

 

Can I tell you where I’m going?  I’m going to Tonga. The Kingdom of Tonga to be exact.  One hundred and seventy unspoiled islands of breathtaking beauty in the South Pacific. 

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The deserted white beaches, vibrant reefs and pristine waters, whilst highly alluring, are not, for me, the main attraction. Only one thing would make me endure the wretched 1d 6h duration, 2+ stops flight.  Nope, not valium - the Tongan people themselves.  

I’ve been fortunate enough to encounter many Tongans and Pacific Islanders throughout my travels and I’ll be darned if they’re not the friendliest, most welcoming people on the planet.  They exude warmth.  Simple as that. Even in photographs for heaven’s sake - look at them! 

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I just want to step into the picture, throw my arms around these beautiful ladies and shower them with Ginger Warrior love!  And I’m convinced my affections would be reciprocated willingly and with genuine tenderness and endearment. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that Tonga is otherwise known as The Friendly Islands, having garnered this affectionate sobriquet from Captain James Cook: he arrived there for the first time in 1773  and received the warmest of island welcomes.

Life in Tonga appears to be unhurried, unabashed, unagressive (except, perhaps, when performing the Tongan War Cry and accompanying dance which is reminiscent of the New Zealand Haka) and unapologetically happy. 

And I will get there one day, I am sure of it.  And without the lottery because I’ve yet to actually buy a ticket.

You've got to be in it to win it.  :)

Ginger Warrior, over and out.

 

 P.S. YOUR TURN WARRIORS!  Where are you going to go with your millions? Perhaps you don’t want to go anywhere flash.  But it has to be somewhere that you have yet to visit but really, really want to!!

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  1. New Zealand. Top of list. The fact they are called the Shakey Islands doesn’t put me off. Seeing the pictures and listening to all my Kiwi friends rave about the country makes me want to sit on a plane for 24 hours and experience the place. Oh and on a motorbike too. :-)

    • The Ginger Warrior

      We will make it one day honeeeee! (But I’m not sitting on the back of a bike unless it’s a Harley) :)

  2. I love the sound of the Tonga Island & may well travel there but the first thing I would do would be to take my Mum to New Zealand to see her bestest friend in the whole world & my God Mother.

    My God Mother, her husband and two daughters moved to New Zealand over 10 years ago, driving them to the airport was one if the saddest days I remember. For one reason or another they’ve never come back to the UK for visits & we’ve never been fortunate enough to be in a position to travel to them.

    So… In answer to your question I would travel to New Zealand first.

    • The Ginger Warrior

      Craigy and I may very well see you in N.Z. Lea – we rather fancy it ourselves! :) Long way off in the future I feel however!

  3. Disneyland Florida & staying at the Grand Floridian xx

  4. I’m right there with you and Craig! I want to go to New Zealand! My dad served his mission there and I’d love to be able to take him back and hear his stories! It’s just beautiful!

  5. Scotland with Ceri as my tour guide. Then off to Denmark, land of my ancestors. Then Israel, And Australia!

  6. I would love to visit all the Hebridean Islands especially Orkney, Sheltand and Isle of Lewis and Harris, the climate may not be warm but the people are. And to experience first hand the beauty and wildlife these wonderful, non commercial places are. However, I would love to experience an American Halloween as it’s my favourite time of year!

  7. It would have to be Madagascar! There are so many animals found there that you can’t find anywhere else in the world and from photos I’ve seen it looks extremely peaceful and beautiful! There seems to be a lot of culture there aswell so I’m just gonna keep my fingers crossed that I will win the lottery soon 😉

    • The Ginger Warrior

      I hope you do too Emily and you can take me with you! Poor Madagascar wouldn’t know what had hit it!! :) xxxxx

  8. A grand tour of the best sites of the Holy Roman Empire. From Aachen all the way down to the Eternal City itself. Maybe on Bicycle. Who knows; I may never come back.

  9. Hawaii. My daughter-in-law Angela went to BYU there and Hawaii sounds wonderful!! Would love to put on a grass skirt and try some of their dancing :)

  10. I LOVE this post and totally agree that Tongan people are just the loveliest people ever! I’ve got to know quite a few (through the Saints) and they are all super happy, super kind and super smiley! They all know how to dance too!!! xxx

  11. If money were no object my first port of call would be Japan to visit the shrines, temples, castles, lakes and hot springs and see the beautiful cherry blossom and countryside as well as the places of historical interest…..travel on one of those hi tec trains……maybe even catch a glimpse of a samurai or ginger warrior! 😉 then on to New Zealand …..did a school project on it in P7 (many moons ago) and was fascinated with the Maori + beautiful countryside….then on to Hong Kong as hubby as always wanted to go back there…….ah well one can always dream!

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