Try a new approach
Tired of your regular, humdrum summer getaway and ready to try something completely different? Travel expert Pam Grout's wonderfully informative, thought-provoking The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life opens the door to life-enriching vacations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. These are experience-driven trips that span four categories: arts and crafts getaways, volunteer vacations, brain retreats and wellness escapes. Grout claims that any of the 100 included vacations have the potential to seriously change your life. She encourages an adventurous attitude and urges readers to ditch their cell phones, BlackBerrys and to-do lists in favor of a vacation that could enhance creativity, expand heart and mind, and challenge the body. You might opt for clown school with Marin County's karmic trickster, Wavy Gravy. Or you could wield a hammer with Habitat for Humanity, follow your bliss at New York's Omega Institute, or study wolves and geysers at Yellowstone National Park. The choices are many and varied, the program descriptions inviting, and the sidebars, factoids and travel tips are useful and entertaining. Grout's guide to unusual journeys is sure to have you up and out of the backyard hammock, on your way to the adventure of a lifetime.