The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life
By Pam Grout
(National Geographic, Paperback, 9781426200953, 288pp.)
Publication Date: May 15, 2007
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Travel statistics say that baby boomers travel more than any other age group in Americaand that an ever increasing number of them are looking for ways to spend their leisure time in substantial, meaningful ways. One especially fast-growing area of interest is the "experience-driven" or "wellness" vacation, a proactive approach based on the idea that true recreation involves positive engagement: acquiring a new skill or volunteering to share your own expertise; exercising your intellect or extending yourself in some creative, physical, or spiritual way.
In response to such aspirations, this timely book showcases a broad range of the most life-enriching getaways in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, with something for every taste and every interest. Here are programs dedicated to kayaking lessons, mountain biking, yoga instruction, and more. Perhaps you'd prefer to spend an arts and crafts holiday focused on a creative activity like cooking, painting, or woodworking. Imagine studying French in a Maine village, learning about nutrition at a historic North Carolina spa, or helping rebuild the devastated communities of the Gulf Coast. Weave a Navajo rug; make a film in New York; learn to surf in Mexico; or choose any of scores of other possibilities.
Elegantly designed and packed with attractive and fun descriptions, detailed travel information, lists of unique activities, and special sidebars, this unusual resource tells you all you need to know to ensure that your next vacation won't just be time offit will be time well spent.
Pam Grout is the author of 13 travel and self-help books, as well as numerous articles for such publications as Travel & Leisure, Outside, Modern Maturity, New Age Journal, Scientific American Explorations, Snow Country, the Washington Post, and many others. She is also the midwestern stringer for People magazine and writes a travel column called "Now, Where Was I?" She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.