1 week vacation, $1000, 1 Adventure
January 23, 2013 4:19 PM   Subscribe

My company offers an employee escape program if you can come up the "best" idea of how to spend the $1000 and extra week vacation. I have a few ideas of what I might want to propose - but would love to see what you think: if you had a week and $1000 - what would be an incredible adventure? Note - most employees who get chosen usually tie in some sort of service program or volunteer efforts, but sky is the limit.
posted by angsolom to Travel & Transportation (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Spend a week camping in a national park (or parks); any money not used for camping gear and food is donated to the National Park Service.
posted by epj at 5:18 PM on January 23, 2013 [1 favorite]

An Outward Bound course might work. Most are longer than a week though. They focus on leadership development and self-reliance so those are probably things that will sound attractive to the company. Its hardly a relaxing vacation, but you'll be glad you did it.
posted by blaneyphoto at 6:08 PM on January 23, 2013

Well, I'd want to try a Vocation Vacation, but I don't think "hey, use your vacation to try out another job!" would look good to your actual paying day job.... But thinking along those lines might give you an idea?
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:38 PM on January 23, 2013 [1 favorite]

posted by bq at 7:29 PM on January 23, 2013

Ride the Donauweg bike path through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary along the Danube!
posted by bitter-girl.com at 8:16 PM on January 23, 2013 [1 favorite]

An Earthwatch project! Most are 10-15 days long but there may be some shorter ones. I've done four and they are super adventurous, fun, interesting, and rewarding.
posted by ourroute at 8:25 PM on January 23, 2013 [1 favorite]

If the sky is the limit, how about Adult Space Camp? Or camping under the northern lights? Zero-G flight?

Personally I'd probably hop the next flight to Newcastle and volunteer at Vindolanda, but that's probably only good for some values of fun...though if you like dirt, there are a lot of archaeological and paleontological digs that accept volunteers. Some of them are even in warm places!
posted by jetlagaddict at 8:35 PM on January 23, 2013 [1 favorite]

Choose a language you don't know. Pick a city where that language is spoken ubiquitously. On the flight/drive there, you listen to a language course. And you pledge to not speak your native language during that week. You'll also devote 30 minutes each day to recording your escape. Whether you do this alone or with a companion, I'll leave to you.
posted by at at 11:02 PM on January 23, 2013

Is cage diving with Great White Sharks adventurous enough? It's a volunteer opportunity with added research and diving. $895 for one week, accommodation, local travel, boat lunches and all the tea you can drink included!

If you're the CFO or the only person who knows how to un-jam the copier this might be too adventurous for your employers of course.
posted by fshgrl at 11:09 PM on January 23, 2013

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