Top 5 Places to Visit on Spring Break

Jan 19, 2016 by

Top 5 Places to Visit on Spring Break

Longing for a Spring Break get-away? Me, too! Normally I’m content living in the beautiful north country of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. But as I write this, the surrounding countryside is blanketed with snow, and I’m growing colder by the day. A southern island and a sunny beach sound pretty good right now. Unfortunately, my calendar doesn’t allow me to leave just yet. But that doesn’t mean I have to remain stuck in this frozen tundra. In fact, I can leave anytime I want. I’ve done it before and I can do it again… anytime my little heart desires.

And you can too.


Oh, The Places You’ll Go…

Some places I’ve been lucky enough to actually visit: Hawaii, London, New York, San Francisco, and the Caribbean. Still remaining on my list? The Eternal City of Rome, and the Vatican treasures; the English countryside (including Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn); New Orleans and the French Quarter; and the pyramids of Egypt.


Honolulu and Waikiki Beach


Places I’m pretty sure I’ll never visit: The Great Barrier Reef. I don’t snorkel or swim in water with fish. I’ll also never climb Mt. Everest. I don’t like being cold, and I’m not much into self-or-oxygen deprivation. And though I long to see the pyramids of ancient Egypt, that dream will never come true – not unless my flight takes an unexpected detour and dumps me in Cairo. I’m too much of a realist to voluntarily put myself at risk by traveling to dangerous regions of the world.




But despite my fears, I have found myself in some precarious spots. Talk about the thrill of a lifetime! And you can travel there too. Here are my top 5 recommends for Spring Break:


A southern city under siege by enemy fire, surrounded by soldiers, with little chance of escape.


A secret annex, a family forced into hiding, desperate for freedom and the war to end.


A sleepy little southern town, where childhood friends set aside childish games as they’re caught up in a trial which ends in one man’s death, and nearly costs them their own lives.


A Gothic mansion on the wind-tossed moors of Cornwall, England, caught up as a pawn in a cat-and-mouse game of life-and-death with a cunning housekeeper.


A hot sunny day on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository Building, waiting to see if Lee Harvey Oswald is prevented from getting off the rifle shot that takes down President John F. Kennedy.

I’ve visited all these places with no regrets. And in each case, the journeys have been so compelling, the stories so great, I’ve returned again and again.


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Snow banks outside my frosty windowpanes? No worries. I can take flight whenever I wish. And I won’t be alone in my travels. You can visit these places, too. All that’s required is a library card or an e-reader (in today’s digital world) for easy download.


World Book Day


And so I ask: what are your current travel plans? Don’t wait for Spring Break! Embark in a solo adventure, or take your family along on a magical journey. Whether you’re reading one of my Women’s Fiction novels, or the work of another author, the entire world is waiting within the pages of a book…

Happy Reading!


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  1. Janine K

    Kathleen, we are still having a hot summer here in Australia, hard to believe you have such icy winters. David and I are going up to the Sunshine Coast of Queensland for a week in April, a place called Coolum! I plan to sit by the pool and read, if I get too hot, pop into the pool and cool down, and then do it all over again. Very little cooking is planned as well. Our daughter is in respite care for the week which she enjoys and it will be a lovely short break for us all. Try to stay warm Kathleen

    • Kathleen Irene Paterka

      Janine, I love the sound of ‘the Sunshine Coast’. And sitting by the pool, reading, sounds exactly like the kind of vacation I’m dreaming of. Enjoy! ~ Kathleen