Stephanie (collacentaur) wrote,
Stephanie
collacentaur

If I Had a $1,000,000

I joke a lot about "when I win the lottery." I do play, not regularly, but as the mood strikes me. That means winning is a possibility, even if an extremely remote one. I essentially feel that I get my five dollars' worth of entertainment thinking about what I would do if I were rich.

Tonight's jackpot is over $200 million. What would I do, if I won the lottery tonight?

First, I think, I'd find myself an accountant and a financial planner. I would want experts to make sure the money was secure and well-protected, and to set up the most sensible way for me to have enough money for the rest of my life. With that much, I don't think that would be a problem. My tastes are moderate. I would also make a will.

Then, I would buy a new car. With heated seats.

Next, I would buy a house, near my friends. (This provides hours of entertainment all by itself, as I design my dream house and then furnish it, all in my head.)

Only after that would I quit my job.

Once I'm settled near friends, and never have to work again, then I start traveling. There are so many interesting places to go! At the top of the list:

- the British Isles
- Italy
- Australia
- India
- Japan

But I wouldn't stop there. I'd keep traveling, to 2 or 3 international destinations a year, until I'd seen all of it.

I would travel inside the U.S. as well. I would go to all of the National Parks (actually, that's not a bad idea for a lifetime goal as it is). I'd visit every state, and do as many of the interesting things as I could. I would go to every ren faire in the country at least once. I would go to SF cons, all over the place. Wherever I went, I would visit the zoo. And I'd ride every old-fashioned railroad.

In between trips?

- Blog it all, of course. Actually, at that point I think I'd do a proper website of my own, for pictures and travelogue.
- Volunteer at the Philadelphia Zoo. And other places, as I find ones I like.
- Study as much as possible of the language and culture of my next international destination.
- Take classes in all sorts of interesting things.
- Be home a couple of weekends a month for gaming, of course.

And that's just what I've thought of so far this morning...

I would want to take people with me on my trips, of course. If you could travel anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, and the only restriction was that I would be going with you - where would we go? What would we see? What would you think of to do that might not occur to me?
Tags: lottery, travel
Subscribe

  • (no subject)

    It is so much more fun to be obsessing over how best to clean mouse pee off My Little Ponies instead of what the surgeon will say tomorrow.

  • (no subject)

    I stop by to skim briefly and catch up. An hour later, I realize that I can't even say "Hey, good job with what you're doing, I support…

  • Oops

    So, that last post was supposed to be under a filter, and I ended up submitting it too late at night and missed that. Apologies to those whose real…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 15 comments

  • (no subject)

    It is so much more fun to be obsessing over how best to clean mouse pee off My Little Ponies instead of what the surgeon will say tomorrow.

  • (no subject)

    I stop by to skim briefly and catch up. An hour later, I realize that I can't even say "Hey, good job with what you're doing, I support…

  • Oops

    So, that last post was supposed to be under a filter, and I ended up submitting it too late at night and missed that. Apologies to those whose real…