Friday, November 30, 2007

Join Me In Bhutan!

Imagine......... an ancient Buddhist kingdom, nestled in the heart of the sacred Himalayan Mountains, which for centuries has remained insulated and apart from the rest of the world.
Tradition and Buddhism infuse every facet of life here, from the jingling brass bells of prayer wheels to ornate monasteries perched high above terraced rice paddies.

Imagine......... yourself there!
I hope you will join me from March 1 though March 11, 2008 as we explore the mysteries of this magical place where the pursuit of happiness is a government goal! Don't miss this opportunity to see Bhutan while it is still pristine. Plan your trip now!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Kids Fly Free!

Families who choose Beaver Creek can take advantage of free airfare for kids when flying into the Vail/Eagle County Airport (EGE). Each paying adult (18+) may bring one free child, aged two to 12.
There are great ski deals to be found at places like Snowmass, Vail, Telluride and beyond. Find out more!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Voluntourism: A Holiday For the Heart

Help build a house in Mexico, save the turtles in Costa Rica or teach young children to read in Malawi. In 2006 more than 61 million Americans dedicated 8.1 billion hours to volunteerism. And now, voluntourism, the concept of doing good while having a good time, is one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry.

During a recent trip to the Peruvian Amazon region my sons and I, along with two family friends, traveled 90 miles by speedboat deep within the jungle. There we delivered much needed school supplies to several communities along the river. In return, the students sang, danced and read original poetry in our honor. It was among the most memorable aspects of our adventure.

Here are five ways you and your family can enjoy a holiday and provide some help along the way.

I-to-II-to-I offers volunteer vacation experiences in Honduras, India and Costa Rica working with sustainable, locally-run community projects, environmental efforts, and educational endeavors. Their travel advisors will provide specific information about each country and project so that you might make the best decision for your family. 1-800-985-4864,

Global Volunteers

Founded n 1984, Global Volunteers offers short and long term opportunities in more than 20 countries. Popular family projects include working with the Blackfeet Indians in Montana, teaching conversational English, assisting in orphanages and working on building projects in Costa Rica.

American Hiking Society

On an American Hiking Society volunteer vacation, family members will visit stunning backcountry locations to construct or rebuild footpaths, cabins and shelters. You’ll meet other volunteers while exploring and restoring some of America’s great outdoor places. American Hiking members qualify for discounts.

Amazonia Expeditions
Amazonia Expeditions subscribes to the philosophy that tourism companies have an obligation to invest in the well being of the environment as well as native people.
The wilderness lodge owner Dolores Arevalo Shapiama de Beaver, a native of the Amazon, has worked to identify individuals with special needs that can be alleviated with medical or educational intervention. Visitors can provide and help distribute school and medical supplies as well as clothing while learning about the native people, conservation and the rain forest habitat.
Craft your own family volunteer vacation from hundreds of opportunities provided on this website. You’ll find connections to projects and causes around the world.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Rockin' Retreat

Royal Palms Resort and Spa is offering travelers the Rockin’ Around the Palms package, which includes romantic accommodations and luxurious service for one night along with two orchestra seats for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix. Transportation to and from the show in a luxury sedan decked out with mistletoe, a program signed by the cast and a box of truffles also is included. And wait, there’s more – dinner for two at T. Cook’s and a “build your own” hot cocoa dessert in a commemorative mug. This festive package starts at $749 per room, double occupancy, plus tax, Nov. 23-Dec. 8.