The Perils of Travel

INT. TRAVEL AGENCY – DAY

ALEX (23, slim, alternative) sits in a travel agency. Across from her sits a middle aged TRAVEL AGENT (45, Mum type). She sits in a bright red uniform a big smile plastered on her face at a desk with a computer and some nick knacks strewn across it. Behind her are various travel posters.

ALEX
So yeah, now that uni’s done and I have some money saved up I’m pretty keen to get out there and experience something.

TRAVEL AGENT
Well that sounds lovely. So where were you thinking of going?

ALEX
Well I’ve done some research and I’m really keen to go to South America. Maybe start in Peru and then make my way through Argentina and over to Brazil.

TRAVEL AGENT
Oh no, you don’t want to go there.

ALEX
What? Yes I do.

TRAVEL AGENT
Oh no, it’s far to dangerous for a young thing like you.

Alex laughs.

ALEX
You sound like my Mum. Don’t worry I’m sure I’ll be fine.

TRAVEL AGENT
I’m not so sure dearie. I heard that every tourist that goes over there gets help up at knife point within a day.

ALEX
That can’t possibl-

TRAVEL AGENT
And that the people are very sneaky.

ALEX
Sounds a bit racist.

TRAVEL AGENT
Also that it’s filthy over there. City’s are strewn with rubbish and dead bodies, and you don’t want to be drinking their water!

ALEX
So you’ve been there then?

TRAVEL AGENT
Oh no, you just hear things you know.

ALEX
Right.

TRAVEL AGENT
I’ve been to Thailand! Why don’t you go to Thailand, everyone loves Thailand.

ALEX
Yeah Thailand is great. I went there a few years ago with my family, but I’m pretty set on South America.

TRAVEL AGENT
Well you can always go back to Thailand. Me and my husband have been there five times. I wouldn’t go anywhere else really.

ALEX Are you sure you’re a travel agent?

The travel agent smiles and tugs on her red jacket.

TRAVEL AGENT
Oh yes, I’m wearing this jacket, see?

ALEX
I do.

TRAVEL AGENT
So Thailand or South America.

ALEX
Definitely South America.

TRAVEL AGENT
Alright, well I warned you, that’s what a travel agent’s supposed to do.

ALEX
Is it?

The travel agent starts to type on her keyboard.

TRAVEL AGENT
Ohhh, I’ve found one that has a connecting flight to Thailand.

She looks at Alex excitedly.

Beat.

ALEX
I think I might just book the flights myself at home.

Alex picks up her bag and slowly starts to exit. The travel agent calls out happily to her.

TRAVEL AGENT
Oh okay love, well have fun in South Africa.

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