Musings: Time Travel

Today’s topic is: “If you could time travel to any year, which one would you visit?”

There have been a ton of movies, television shows, and books that consider the possibilities and ramifications of time travel. But in my mind, there are a few obvious questions to consider before making such an important decision. First is whether to travel to the past or the future. Next is to determine how long to stay, which relates to the third question which is: Do you get to come back to the present?

Traveling to the past has its advantages and disadvantages. You could meet a role model, fix a mistake, observe a historical event, or just provide comfort to someone in a time of need. But visiting the past could potentially change the course of time and then when you return to the present, it might be drastically different.

On the other hand, traveling to the future would allow you to see how things will turn out and gain perspective about the direction your life could take. I like that going to the future is less likely to screw up the present (because my present is pretty awesome), but returning to the present with the future’s information would be the tricky part. After all, is knowing how it all turns out basically cheating? Or maybe I could Ebenezer-Scrooge-it and create a better future once I return.

Well, after careful deliberation, if I had only one opportunity to travel to another year, stay for 4 hours, and return to the present, I’d go to…


Chicago, June 2030

I wouldn’t want to interfere with my children’s lives (who will be nearly finished with high school), so I’ll jump to a city they probably won’t be in. At first, I considered San Diego, but it would be a shame if I popped up there after the Great Quake and ended up just treading water for four hours. So I guess Chicago would work, but better make it summer because I also don’t want to freeze to death in a spring, winter, or fall blizzard.

With a summer afternoon to kill in Chicago, what would I do?

First, I’d stop by a bookstore to pick up copies of my published novels. I figure there will be five or six by then. I’ll also buy a copy of my brother’s best-selling sports books and my sister’s books about health and wellness. (If bookstores don’t exist anymore, I’ll just order them for immediate drone delivery from Amazon.) Then, I’ll buy a newspaper (if they still exist) to catch up on current events, spend a bit of time people-watching in the park while I grab a bite to eat, and pick up a few souvenirs for the girls. Then, just for fun, I’ll jot down a set of winning lotto numbers, but not the date they are for. That way it would still be a mystery about when and how much I will win. And finally with all of my souvenirs, I will pop back to 2016.


When and where would you go? Share in the comments.

~ Phoebe DeCook


One thought on “Musings: Time Travel

  1. tomrains says:

    I love this! I would definitely go to the future as well. I’m thinking NYC in 2060. I’d want to see how amazing it looked – and I’d also want to know if our cellphones had eaten our brains yet.


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