Some cool holidays with a twist

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When you start reading this, I will probably be flying over American airspace.

Yes, I am going away on holidays - for two weeks. Where am I going?

That doesn't really concern you, but I'll just say I'm destined for the southeastern United States. More than maybe anything, I'm looking forward to eating the food I want to eat, drinking what I want to drink, going where I want to go and doing what I want to do.

That's right. I'm going on holidays by myself. Would I prefer to have friends or a significant other join me my adventure? You bet I would. Unfortunately, those things don't always work out the way you would like them to.

Much of that is because people have different interests. I love sports, so ideally going on a sports trip with a bunch of my buddies sounds like it would be one of those 'once-in-a-lifetime' trips.

I hope that I will one day have the opportunity to do that, but for now I'm content going on this trip by myself.

After all, it won't be the first time I've done so. Three-plus years ago I went with me, myself and I to the PGA Championship in Sheboygan, Wis. - a few weeks before I started journalism school at the University of Regina.

I volunteered in the media centre at Whistling Straits that week and I was able to hang around with a bunch of respected international sports journalists.

Questions were asked. Answers were given.

At times I felt like the proverbial kid in the candy store.

Being around those professionals motivated me to aspire to one day be like them and cover the biggest of the big events on the PGA Tour.

If you don't already know it, that is my dream job. However, while I was in "America's Dairyland," I did more than just watch the best golfers in the world smack around a little white ball.

I took in an NFL pre-season game at Green Bay's famed Lambeau Field and crossed state lines to take in an MLB game at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

Those 10 or so days in August 2010 were a great recharger, both physically and mentally for me.

I'm hoping the two weeks I spend travelling through America's southeastern states does the same thing for me.

More importantly, whatever sports venue I visit on my trip, I hope to take a few minutes to chat with and ask questions of some marquee sports journalists.

To me, even one conversation with the likes of South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Chris Perkins would make my vacation even more memorable.

Go Gators! Chomp! Chomp!

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks.

Organizations: University of Regina, NFL, Lambeau Field South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Geographic location: United States, Sheboygan, Wis., Green Bay Chicago Wrigley Field

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