For several weeks now, we have searched high and low for a travel mascot to join us on our journeys. We were not overly picky. He had to be a good traveler, first and foremost. He would also need to be able to pack light, not mind having his picture taken (so I don’t have to), enjoy road trips as well as long flights, not be too tall or too small and very important that he did NOT need batteries (been there… done that!). All in all, we didn’t think our list of “demands” would be too hard to fill.
Fortunately, for us, we found the perfect applicant after meeting and interviewing many would-be mascots. He hails from the Southern Grove of Banana Kingdom. We were very pleased with his arrival last week and as you can see, he came fully packed and ready to take on his new role as our travel mascot. He reminds me so much of the sock monkey my Grandmother made me when I was a child. I used to carry him everywhere but he was retired many years ago. Naturally this guy was ahead of the game when it came time to choose the best applicant because of the resemblance and memories alone. It’s a good thing that he appears to be very photogenic and maybe even a bit of a ham too!
Shortly after his arrival we became aware of a small stumbling block. He tells us his name is too hard to pronounce and he doesn’t even know how to spell it in English. Well, now what were we supposed to do? We can’t just call him “Monkey” or “Mascot”. We decided we should let all of you help us choose a name for him. Better yet, let’s make it a contest and the winning name will get a gift certificate for a 2 night hotel stay in one of 23 destinations. He will make the final choice after all the names are entered, of course, and we will announce the winner on our Facebook page on Friday. Please leave us your suggestions below in the comments section or over on our Facebook page. We will collect all the names from both sites and give them to him for final review.
Extra points go to creativity also! Two examples are: Napoleon Bananaparte (Leon for short) or maybe T-MO (for Travel Monkey). So, unleash your creative juices and let’s find him an outstanding name.