I was driving cross-country, en route to California, where I was relocating from Texas. My mom accompanied me on the trip, as did my dog, who had a panic attack any time a big rig would pass by, which was often. He would dive from his post in the back seat into my lap, then leap to hide at my feet, which happened to be operating the gas and brake pedals of a car hurtling down highways at high speeds. It was the heat of summer and my car, loaded to the rooftop with boxes and suitcases, had started to go kaput about the time we hit Arizona. I was stressed and hot and anxious to get to my final destination.
Looking back now, more than a decade later, I can’t believe anyone could be so shortsighted; I was practically right there.
It’s one of my biggest travel regrets, and in his column this issue, Jim Shahin rubs it in. On page 50, Jim takes a look at the latest top-10 list of the “most memorable, must-see, once-in-a-lifetime destinations” issued by the Society of American Travel Writers. Of course, the Grand Canyon tops the list at number one.
Jim shares his own Grand Canyon story, The World's Best Destination, (one that involves actually seeing it), but — and this makes me feel a little better about my travel faux pas — questions whether he’d list it at number one on his own top-10 list. He’s developing a different list, and wants to hear from you as well. What destinations would make it on your must-see list? With as much traveling as you probably do, you’re well qualified to weigh in. Write to him and share your favorite places; who knows, your vote may make it into a future column. Contact him at email@example.com or 4255 Amon Carter Blvd., MD 4255, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
P.S. Wondering about the award we trumpet on our cover this issue? It’s a prestigious national journalism award, and American Way won Best Overall Magazine in its category (magazines with a circulation between 100,000 and 500,000). That’s not the only award we took home: Contributing editor
Jim Shahin’s column also won Best Regular Editorial/Opinion Column, and Celebrated Weekend, written by contributing editor Mark Seal, won Best Regular Informational Column. These awards are a huge compliment; my congratulations and sincere thanks to the editors, designers, and writers who create and contribute to this publication every two weeks.