2017 is going to be the year of the experience. Now that travel to places that were once considered exotic has become somewhat pedestrian (oh yeah, I’m heading to Easter Island tomorrow--you?), it’s the search for the ultimate experience that may reign supreme...no matter where it takes place. That said, experiences need to be one-of-a-kind and indigenous to the place visited.
For example, during a recent trip to Italy, I bypassed Rome and Venice and focused on making gelato in Bologna and truffle hunting near Alba.
|Tasting the fruits of my gelato-making efforts|
at Gelato University in Bologna
|Searching for truffles with|
Igor and Rocky
|A fjord in|
|Getting Intimate with Wolves|
at Norway's Polar Park
In the United States, the desire to get away from crowded spaces will also predominate. National parks will continue to be popular escape routes. Rural states like Nebraska and the Dakotas may also see an upswing in tourism.
|Art at a 21c Museum Hotel|
|A room at The Modern in Boise, Idaho|