A Japanese travel agency wants to give people who can’t afford to take vacations the chance to take them vicariously – by sending their stuffed animals. Good thing because if there’s one thing Sir Stuffington needs after sitting in a garbage bag in the closet for the past seven years, it’s a trip to Tokyo.
While many people sit in offices staring out the windows at gray skies, hating their lives more and more as the minutes slowly pass, a Unagi Travel rep and enough stuffed animals to frighten a grown woman will travel in luxury to other parts of the world on a trip funded by people who apparently don’t understand the meaning of the word “gullible.”
As PSFK reports, “Intended for those who are housebound or can’t afford a trip of their own, the Japanese service takes plush friends on an adventure for $55 or less, depending on the trip.” Of course, $55 could also get a person bus fare, but Teddy just has to see the world before his eyes pop out, his stuffing disintegrates and his owner throws him in a dumpster to be forgotten about forever.
Travel destinations include Kamakura, Yokohama, Tokyo and a “Mystery” tour — though why people would want to send stuffed animals on a tour at all is enough of a mystery for the average person.
Of course, sending a stuffed animal on a trip may not be all that bad. After all, it’s not much different than traveling halfway around the world to take a photo of the Imperial Palace, posting it on Facebook as evidence, and completely forgetting about it within seconds while trying to find Tokyo’s closest McDonald’s. And it costs a heck of a lot less.