2013 Bucket List Adventures

Take on the Zip line

It may look intimidating at first but once you’re flying more than 250 feet through the air and over treetops you will be glad you took on the Prickly Pear zip line.

Learn how to Play the Ukulele
Learning to plan an instrument is a great way to exercise your mind and give you a sense of accomplishment. Plus, how many people do you know that are able to play a ukulele?

Paddle Board
This sport is quickly growing in popularity due to its’ ability to strengthen core muscles and improve balance. Not to mention the peace and tranquility that it provides.

Ride in a Glider
Discover Maui like never before as you fly in a glider along the coast and above volcanoes. An experience that you’ll be sure to remember.

Learn how to Two-Step
Raise your heart rate and lift your spirits as you discover a dance that takes you into another culture.

Resolution Solution: Be More Adventurous

If you feel like you never do anything exciting enough in your life, it’s time for a better New Year’s resolution: be more adventurous. Check out these tips that will have you sky-diving into 2013.

  • Make a list – Brainstorm a list of all the things you would like to try and do your best to accomplish all of them throughout the year. Close your eyes and pick a random one on a day when your schedule is clear. They can be anything from trying a new food to an extreme sport.
  • Enlist a friend – Adventures are often meant to share. Invite friends who are already adventurous to encourage and support you. If you can’t think of anything adventurous to do, they most likely will!
  • Try something new every day – It could be something big, but even the small things count when it comes to trying something new. Whether it be taking a new route home or stopping into a store you always pass, this is a big step in being more adventurous.
  • Live in the moment – While it’s great to know exactly what you want to try, sometimes the biggest adventures are just rolling with the punches. When you’re trying new things, plans often change. Have fun with what’s given to you!

Adventurous Things to do for New Years

With New Year’s just around the corner why not try something new and adventurous this year? Forget the stress and mess of a party, and check out all the exciting things you could be doing instead.

Equine Encounters
Horseback riding is a great way to get in shape and stay in touch with nature. Both Travaasa locations include beautiful resort properties with networks of paths sure to take you on an adventure like no other.

Challenge Courses
Feel the rush of energy and exhilaration as you take on a ropes course high above the ground. Test your body awareness and physical ability as you navigate the Cob Web, the Flying V and many more obstacles sure to leave you feeling accomplished.

This year is sure to sling some arrows at us. From breathing methods to patience techniques, learn how to take on anything the New Year shoots your way.

Snorkeling & Paddle Boarding
Workout while improving your balance and core strength in an ocean adventure you’ve never experienced before—paddle boarding. Or dive right in, and snorkel with tropical fish and colorful coral gardens instead.

Bike Hana
Discover beautiful Hana by bike, and learn about the towns’ culture, land use and history—an experience like never before.

Adventurous Movies For The Holidays

Has the cold weather gotten you down? Or have you had enough of the snow and wool sweaters? We asked our experts here at Travaasa for some of their favorite movies that inspire adventure to get you though your common #HolidayProblems. Check out our suggestions that are sure to leave you feeling warm and ready to take on any challenges that come your way.

Into the Wild
Based on a true story, Christopher McCandless turns his back on society to live alone with nature but soon finds that life is not much without the ones you love.

The Pursuit of Happiness
It may seem like the end of the road for most when your life savings disappear and you’re struggling to take care of your family as a single parent. But big things happen when you don’t give up.

127 Hours
The ultimate survival tale based on a true story that is surely an inspiration to all.

Forest Gump
This American classic takes you back through history as one man is followed across the country in his pursuit to find his one true love.

The Edge
After a billionaire and two other men’s plane crashes into the wilderness, see just how far they will go to survive.

Alone in the Wilderness
Join Dick Proenneke in this documentary as you follow his inspiring journey to find complete solitude and serenity living in the wilderness.

5 Travel Books for a (Much Needed) Dose of Adventure

Staying at home this holiday season? The experts at Travaasa have complied a list of their favorite travel books that allow you to escape the cold weather and a much need dose of adventure.

  1. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard: In this descriptive coming-of-age novel, 18-year-old Bria ventures to Central America in an effort to become a world traveler. There, she meets Rowan, a seasoned backpacker who introduces her to lush islands, hidden Mayan villages and exotic worlds she never imagined.
  2. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson: As a middle-aged, out-of-shape man, Bill Bryson might have not been fully prepared to trek the 2,100 miles along the Appalachian Trail, but that’s probably part of what makes this account so hilarious. Join him as he explores the wilderness, encounters some memorable characters and discovers a lot about himself in the process.
  3. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes: Experience the rustic charm of the Italian countryside with Frances Mayes—renowned travel writer and gourmand—as she buys and restores a disheveled villa in the hills of Tuscany.
  4. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux: Comedic, eye-opening and ultimately entertaining, this acclaimed novel takes readers on an unforgettable railway journey through the colorful worlds and cultures of India and Asia.
  5. Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips by National Geographic Society: More of a useful guidebook than an imaginative novel, this compendium of spectacular adventures comes packed with expert advice, top 10 lists and must-do activities around the world.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Guys

Finding the perfect holiday gift for guys can be a huge #HolidayProblem and take up a lot of time. For this holiday season, the experts at Travaasa have picked some the best holiday gifts for men, or maybe just for yourself.

Texas Irons Classic Steak Branding Iron

Your favorite grill master can now let everyone know he cooked the steaks with this branding iron from Texas Irons ($59.95, texasirons.com). It can be personalized with up to three letters and comes wrapped in a cedar box with a bandana.

Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club

For the guy who has everything, give the gift of hard-to-find microbrewed beers delivered to his door each month. Gift memberships can be paid either monthly or in one installment, and they’re available in 2-12-month packages ($22.95/month, beermonthclub.com)

Nook Color

For the book worm man, think about giving a Nook Color. The Nook’s extra-wide viewing angle keeps glare to a minimum on its 7-inch, 16-million color high-resolution screen. Additional perks include a Flash-enabled browser and a growing variety of apps and features. Our favorite? $249

5 Travel Books for a (Much Needed) Dose of Adventure

Staying at home this holiday season? Escape to exotic locales and experience other cultures with these 10 travel books that will make you feel like you went somewhere.

1.     The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner

What does it mean to be happy? How does one achieve happiness? Journalist Eric Weiner travels the world—from Switzerland to Thailand to Iceland and plenty of places in between—to answer those questions. And the answers he uncovers are surprising.

2.     Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

In this suspenseful memoir of a woman who felt like she had lost it all, Cheryl Strayed decides to embark on a 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific coast, by herself and with no prior long-distance hiking experience. Along the way, she faces rattlesnakes, bears, brutal elements—and most importantly, herself.

3.     Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

An insightful travelogue through America, this book takes readers on a road trip through small towns, breathtaking natural parks and roadway diners, all while offering a glimpse into the lives of interesting characters met along the way.

4.     Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

After escaping from an Australian prison, Lin flees to the bustling metropolis of Bombay, where he witnesses the beauty and horror (sometimes simultaneously) of its many worlds: the impoverished slums, opulent whorehouses, dingy heroin dens, secret mafia headquarters and chaotic marketplaces. Romance, suspense, self-discovery, adventure, betrayal—this weighty tome has it all.

5.     The Beach by Alex Garland

In this travel thriller, Richard, a young English tourist, ventures to seedy Bangkok, where he is given a hand drawn map leading to a legendary island touting sundrenched beaches, scenic waterfalls and dense jungles—only when he reaches the paradise, he finds much more than a utopian civilization.


Cure Your #HolidayProblems with an Escape to Travaasa

This holiday season Travaasa’s experts are making sure you don’t get stuck in a rut with the most common #HolidayProblems, but we’re also looking to take it a step further with our #HolidayProblems Sweepstakes.

  • GRAND PRIZE: A three-night stay (for two) Vitality package at Travaasa Austin for a fresh, healthy start to the New Year and two $300 American Express gift card to apply towards travel expenses.
  • Weekly giveaways of two $50 Travaasa gift cards.

Share your #HolidayProblems with us and enter to win!