Joining an Archaeological Dig
Small Step: Go on a guided tour of sites across the Southwest to explore artifacts among ancient cliff dwellings and historic trading posts (CrowCanyon.org).
Giant Leap: Excavate a Roman necropolis—or dive for shipwrecks!—in Menorca, Spain (EcoMuseoDeCavalleria.com).
Small Step: RoadTripUSA.com details four coast-to-coast car routes, like the Oregon Trail and the Loneliest Road.
Giant Leap: Make the trip by bike using the TransAmerica trail. Find advice on what to pack and how to get in shape, and buy maps of the route—from Astoria, Oregon, to Yorktown, Virginia—at AdventureCycling.org.
Being a Great Hostess
Small Step: Throw a cheese-tasting event—you'll feed your friends and test-drive fancy fromage without turning on the stove. Be sure to pick up The Cheese Tasting Party Kit.
Giant Leap: Host a dinner of endive-pear salad and chicken piccata with help from the Barefoot Contessa: Watch clips of Ina Garten making these recipes on FoodNetwork.com.
Going on Safari
Small Step: Spot brown bears at Katmai National Park & Preserve in Alaska, plus marine life, volcanoes, and glaciers (RealAdventures.com).
Giant Leap: Take an unguided safari in Namibia in Tou Safaris' 4x4 vehicles. Stay on the route, or live dangerously and go off-road for a better view of the wildlife (Tou-Safaris.com).
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