I’m Cathy Bennett Kopf. I have a wheelie bag and I’m not afraid to pack it.

I wish I was a senior with time on my hands and regular pension checks. Or a twenty-something with a backpack and no responsibilities.

But I’m not. I’ve got a full-time job in municipal finance, a large and (at times) needy family, and a bad case of wanderlust.

So I travel whenever and wherever I can.

Follow my blog, The Open Suitcase, for tips and techniques I’ve picked up through the years and to see where I’ve been and where I’m going next! I’d love to have you join me on my next adventure.

 

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Gifting Outside the Box

Let’s start with the facts. No guy wants another tie. And no woman wants a gift card.

What do you get for the boomer who has more than they need or want? Most of my friends are packing up their possessions and selling them on eBay, giving them away on Freecycle or donating them to local charities.

But ‘tis the traditional gift-giving season. In addition to Hanukah and Christmas, I’m still attending milestone birthday parties. Since I hate to shop and am a terrible wrapper, I usually choose experiential gifts to mark these occasions. I’ll take a friend to dinner or give them concert tickets. There are so many great new bands out there playing in small, local venues; it’s an easy way to make a 50-year old feel twenty again.

Or, if you know someone who’s longed for a bit of Indiana Jones-like adventure, how about the chance to play amateur archeologist? It’s a unique gift for person in your life who wants nothing.

Looking for a unique gift for a guy? Consider an Adventures in Preservation trip.

Photo: The Fairfield Foundation.

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