If you want to go on vacation but don’t have enough money, the first thing that probably pops into your mind is sending a stuffed animal so you can travel vicariously through its fake little eyes. Right?

Japanese travel agency, Unagi Travel, thinks so. For the low price range of $35 to $55 (plus the cost of shipping your stuffed animal to Japan), the toy of your choice can go on a guided tour of Tokyo or take a trip to onsen (hot springs). Those with a more adventurous spirit can select a mystery tour where the destination is revealed at the last minute.

This is a brilliant idea. The people who run Unagi probably couldn’t afford to take a vacation and came up with an innovative way to get other people to pay.

Personally, I’m not inclined to send one of my toys on a trip; I’d rather save that money so I can take the toy myself.

However, if the idea appeals to you, I have a terrific compromise. For $25, I’ll photoshop your favorite toy into the destination of your choice. Additionally, you don’t have to pay any shipping charges, just email a picture at no cost.

Heck. If you send me a picture of yourself, I’ll put you in the image instead.

My solution allows you to live vicariously through a toy’s (or your own) virtual vacation AND allows you to save to take a real vacation. How’s that for a win-win!

Need proof that I’ve got the skills? Look where Dewey and Mia have been.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,


It's hard to believe, but Dewey and Mia were never in Chichen Itza. I can't say one way or the other about the UFO.

It’s hard to believe, but Dewey and Mia were never in Chichen Itza. I can’t say the same about the UFO.


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