Visit Iceland in the Summer? Why It’s a Great Idea.

Immortalized in Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” as the land of the ice and snow, Iceland comes to mind as a winter destination because you want to snowmobile on the glaciers and hunt for the Northern Lights.

Believe it or not, Iceland should be on your summer vacation list too. Check out my story on Mode to see why I can’t wait to go back during the warm weather months.

Check out Why Iceland is the Perfect Summer Vacation Spot

by Cathy Bennett Kopf (@theopensuitcase) at Mode

Oh! The Places You’ll Want to Go in 2016

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, cariocas landscape, general view with the Christ of Corcovado

All I want for Christmas is a bucket list trip. Rio, anyone? (Photo: Travel + Leisure)

Between the shopping and wrapping and baking and singing, I like to pause during the holidays and daydream about the vacations I want to take in the new year. Every December there are many “Best Of” lists published and each one comes with gorgeous slideshows. I pour a glass of wine, kick back, and swoon. It’s Tinder for travelaholics: swipe right, swipe right, SWIPE RIGHT! Continue reading

Going on a Treasure Hunt

Picture the ladies’ shoe department in Nordstrom on a busy Saturday afternoon. There’s a woman cooing, as she plucks pump after pump from the display rack, thrusting them into the face of the glummest-looking fellow in the world, her husband, who’s lolling on a leather settee, braiding peds.

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As Advertised

After completing research for a trip and compiling my list of must-sees, I try to guess which one will disappoint. There’s always a clunker on the list, some place that doesn’t fulfill expectations. During a recent trip to Iceland, I was convinced the Blue Lagoon was going to win my travel equivalent of the Razzie.Image
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