Imagine it, if time travel were possible, we’d have a whole new niche of bloggers, not travel bloggers but Time Travel bloggers. There’d be forums and networking sites helping people with the different issues that come up with travelling through time. The sites would be dedicated to different centuries, and sub-divided into different parts of the world. Companies would start following us on Twitter offering services to make the travel easier (Cheap Time Travel deals with us!).
And then, what of the people who decide not just to travel to that other time, but who decide to stay and make a life there? Another niche! The Time Expats. Forum questions would be things like: Do I need a visa to work in centuries before 1900? Or, do they have hairdriers in the 1700s or do I need to bring my own? (Stupid questions, you say? Well.. Look at some of the expat forum questions around at the moment.)
The Time Expats might refer to existing expat sites for guidance on how to approach the culture shock, homesickness and other maladies of expats today. There are obvious similarities between time travel and being an expat: potential language barriers (even in English speaking countries), diseases that our bodies aren’t used to (ones that have long since died out or evolved into different strains), different food (What?! No MCDONALDS?! Nope.), and different opportunities that people from another time can take adavtange of (for good or bad).
If this idea intrigues you, my friend Duncan who has featured here before with his guest post Postcards from the Early Years, has written a very short, succinct piece called Villamkard that you may enjoy–it’s a 30 second treat, check it out!
Also, if time expats could learn a thing or two from regular ol’ traditional expats, could us trad-expats learn a thing or two from time expats?
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