3 Perfect Places to Travel in 2017

Ask and ye shall receive.

farms make perfect places to travel to see sunflower in field at dusk

Photo: Cathy Bennett Kopf/The Open Suitcase LLC

I posted my request for submissions for the best places to travel in 2017 a couple of weeks ago, and held my breath.

I expected some smart alecky proposals, but, instead, was intrigued by the compelling suggestions that I received.

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Stop Waiting. Take Your Bucket List Adventure Today!

Complete my bucket list? It’s more likely that I’ll be Dancing with the Stars.

When I completed the first draft (on the back of a Red Robin cocktail napkin), I was giddy with possibility. That was ten years ago and life is constantly putting up roadblocks.

Alaska glacier cruise

Getting up close and personal with glaciers was a highlight of my Alaskan Cruise.

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To Market We Go!

Purchasing ornaments when traveling is a common activity, correct? When I stumble upon a Christmas shop, I tumble in and pick up at least one decoration to commemorate the trip. My favorite is a snow-capped cactus I found in Sedona. A major storm hit while I was there, knocking out the power at the Enchantment Resort. The area’s famous red rocks were transfigured by the snow and I appreciated the event; that is, after wrapping my head around the understanding that there’d be no hot coffee.

Traveling specifically for ornaments is a niche peculiar to the Christmas season. Markets abound here in the States and abroad and browsing through one is an easy way to jump-start your holiday ho-ho-ho.

German markets feature stalls peddling glühwein (mulled wine). I’d like to tell you it tastes better than it sounds, but it doesn’t. And it smells like “Sunday Morning in the Frat House.”

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Secrets of the Sweet 16 Revealed!

Plan on watching the games at your local bar? Bring along one or two of these “did you know” facts about the Sweet 16 to cheer up your buddies as their brackets implode.

By Sanjay Acharya via Wikimedia Commons

By Sanjay Acharya via Wikimedia Commons

Wichita State – The original Pizza Hut was opened in Wichita in 1958 by two enterprising students. The name? They were told the restaurant looked like…well, you can guess the rest. The building was relocated to the campus from its downtown location and serves as an inspiration to undergrads:  “if you build it, they will eat it.” Continue reading

Postcards from the Desk

My boss refuses to yield to my repeated requests for a 4-hour workweek.

I, like Timothy Ferriss, wish to indulge my true passion and travel the world but I’ve had no success cajoling and wheedling, explaining how I can work remotely; that through the magic of Skype, I can be virtually present while actually slurping down a bowl of pho guya truyen in Hanoi. He deftly deflects each of my attempts, reminding me that my tax dollar-funded position as chief fiscal officer requires my physical presence in the office. To date, I’ve simply managed to get him to agree to let me work more hours in exchange for additional days off. Somehow, I don’t think that’s what Mr. Ferriss had in mind.

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