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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society (1 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426202792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426202797
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,091,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pam Grout is the author of 13 travel and self-help books, including "The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life, " 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.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A vacation when I can save turtles? Sign me up! 13 Nov. 2008
By Pumpkinspice - Published on
Format: Paperback
Reading this book made me completely reevaluate my vacation choices. It covers a wide range of trips spanning across the farthest corners of the earth(yes, there's an antarctica trip, too), some that you've thought of, but most you probably haven't. The types are broken up into sections: there's Arts & crafts, Volunteer vacations(my personal favorite), learning retreats, and wellness escapes. With the multitude of options, you'd be hard pressed not to find something that you're really interested in, or, more likely--several. Each trip/cause has general costs, whats included in those costs, and contact info, including websites--although one of the websites that i visited was completely in spanish--and there had been no indication in the review that you had to be spanish speaking/literate to participate in that particular vacation. If there was one thing that was really lacking in this book, it doesn't quite tell you how much of the language you need to make your vacation enjoyable--am i okay with a phrase book or should i start studying spanish now? it doesn't really answer these questions consistently.

4 stars because the book does not address what I consider to be important information related to how difference sexes, nationalities and language levels are received by the locals. For example, the middle east trips made no mention of whether it would be difficult for lone travelers or female travelers(or a lone female traveler), which is important since I have thought of taking a few trips alone. Not that I expect this book to do all your research for you, but it would be nice if it were to mention possible problems with certain areas.

On the whole, i found this book to be incredibly enjoyable, but it is not a one-stop vacation description, its just a starting point. you still need to do a lot of research about the vacations that you find interesting. It definitely gave me new ideas and perspective about what i can really do while i'm on vacation--i can learn a craft, begin a language and immerse myself in a culture that most tourists will never take the time to appreciate. i highly recommend this book :)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great list of trips you might not hear about 26 April 2009
By Robin A. Paschall - Published on
Format: Paperback
Pam has done a great job pulling together great trips that wouldn't necessarily be listed all in one place. It's amazing how many trips there are and how diverse they can be!

At Adventures Within Reach, we have noticed that travelers no longer want to travel just to get away. They want to experience something more -- learn something, experience a new culture, or give back to the local people. This book addresses these needs.

We are happy to be listed in the book under Volunteer Vacations and hope that more people plan their next vacation to enrich their lives.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An enriching armchair travel experience 3 Feb. 2010
By Deborah V - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love taking vacations that aren't mainstream; vacations that are different, enriching or educational. This book is a great compilation of 100 opportunities to experience the world outside of the well-worn pathways. Why go to Turkey and just tour ruins when you can learn to shake and shimmy doing a belly dance; the gobek atmak? Instead of just viewing art in some of Russia's fabulous museums, study classic Russian art at Catherine the Great's Academy. Make Goods from the Woods in Sweden or Strut your stuff at Rio's Carnaval. These are only the chapter titles--the descriptions are more detailed obviously and give you a sense of whether this type of vacation is for you.

Within the pages of this book you'll find four chapters chock full of alternatives to sightseeing, eating out, and viewing ruins. Chapter one contains arts and crafts getaways, Chapter two focuses on volunteer vacations, chapter three details learning vacations and finally chapter four focuses on wellness escapes. You can learn Swahili while studying Rhinos in Kenya in one of Earthwatch's Kenya projects. Or you can enter a zany boat race in Australia. There are vacations to appeal to your brain, your heart, and your body. Go Thailand and earn your Elephant driving license. Anyone for cycling across Cuba?

I would suggest you check out the websites attached to each project. Often the sponsoring organization has other opportunities to explore if the one in the book isn't quite what you are ready for. For instance Earthwatch (the Rhino project referred to above) has 75 or more projects if you don't feel ilke risking being chased by the nearly blind rhinos. I only found one nonworking link while checking out alternative vacations that I'd be interested in.

Other good resources, if you are into adventure vacations include Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others, Volunteer Vacations Across America: Immersion Travel USA, The Back Door Guide to Short-Term Job Adventures: Internships, Summer Jobs, Seasonal Work, Volunteer Vacations, and Transitions Abroad to name a few books out there.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An alternative in vacation mind set! 7 Jan. 2011
By John J. Hogan - Published on
Format: Paperback
An alternative in vacation mind set!

There is a growing trend in tourism, and that includes cultural and volunteerism options. This book provides readers with the opportunity to re-consider and evaluate vacation options.

The 100 locations include a significant list of alternatives that are listed in general categories:
1.arts & crafts
2.volunteer vacations
3.learning retreats
4.wellness escapes

The breakdown continues with options on eco-tourism,, vocation vacations, cross-cultural learning and much more.

This book is not for everyone and there were sections of little interest to me, but overall the message of this book is urge readers to consider alternatives globally.

As always, comments are welcome

John Hogan
HospitalityEducators com
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
informative 13 Jun. 2014
By Maria Lugo - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Looking forward to experiencing these adventures. Starting to make plans. The book was well written and well organized. Excellent and an eye opener.
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