Ugh this is awful for me. I live in NJ but I live close to the PA border. I paid for Sunday Ticket MAX through my fathers DirectTV service because while I can get DirectTV, I'd rather have Fios. My app puts me in the Philly market however even though my local TV is NYC, so I'll have the Buffalo/Jets game on CBS and my app blacking me out from the Carolina game because it acts like I'm in Philly. Did it with the Ravens game too. Nothing like Paying $350 a year to miss games.
i've thought about africa quite a bit. mainly because i desperately want to go to africa and this would be an awesome excuse lol
but it's damn near a foregone conclusion that i'll end up in vietnam.
I spent two months in Vietnam, generally traveling south to north. It's a challenging place - more so than anywhere else I've been. But for your line of work/study, at least it will present a ton of ideas for a thesis.
I'd consider Turkey or more specifically Istanbul. Besides being a great place to visit, it's at a fascinating crossroads. One of the few secular majority Muslim nations, Turkey's long been lauded as a progressive model for the Muslim world. But it's future as such is uncertain. Sex and alcohol remain hotly debated topics. Certain neighborhoods even in Istanbul have banned booze recently. If I recall correctly, the male-female literacy rate is something like 95/80. Think about that; this is a fairly modernized, non third-world country and 20% of women can't read!
Another more general thought is to go to any of the MIST countries. 10+ years ago, the BRICs (Brasil, Russia, India, China) countries were supposed to be major economic success stories; the results have so far been mixed. Now the new acronym owes to Mexico, Indonesia, South Africa, and Turkey. From a social science standpoint, it would be interesting to investigate what impact, if any, this optimism has on the general psyche. Up or down, they're all in transition that can make for a hundred ideas.
Just thinking aloud. PM me if you end up heading to Vietnam and are looking for any insight.
9 times out of 10, on PFT you can guess Gantt wrote the article based on the headline/opening paragraph. Gantt is chronically negative, cynical, condescending, take your pick. The one thing he is not is professional and/or talented. Stringing a few words together supported by cliches and petty jokes does not a good sportswriter make.