The friendly staff at Power Sports Packages shuttles sports fiends to games and special events with all-inclusive sports travel packages. Departing from a base in Las Vegas, motorcoaches rumble through southern California, Arizona, and the surrounding areas to drop off passengers at horse races, ski resorts, and live mascot births for one-day trips or weekend getaways. Soon, Power Sports Packages plans to offer trips to other events such as baseball, football, and basketball games, as well as car races and hockey matches. Great for incentivizing employee behavior, bonding with friends, or proving to a skeptical child that Santa played quarterback in college, these upscale sporting experiences allow fans to relax and enjoy the game as Power Sports Packages handles the rest.
The four-star Hard Rock Hotel & Casino exudes entertainment with 17 floors of rooms, on-site attractions, and a central location two miles from the Strip. The moodily lit, modernly decorated standard double-queen and king rooms come preinstalled with plasma TVs, a view of either the pool or the mountains, and a bed that must be defeated in a game of seven-sheet stud before allowing guests to enter. Two miles from McCarran International Airport, the hotel can be the first hop or last stop of a day or night spent traversing the closely packed attractions, including the ever-glowing Strip, the Liberace Museum, and the vibrant downtown area. Guests can call boredom’s bluff with on-site attractions that include a casino, live music, restaurants, a nightclub, a full-service spa, a fitness center, and an outdoor swimming pool.
In her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert recounts her soul-searching journey after a divorce. She learns about pleasure while dining across Italy and explores devotion while meditating in India, but she learns how to balance these two qualities in Bali, where she ends up falling in love. An island with steep mountain slopes and rich, sanctified culture, Bali is the focus of Spirit Quest Tours‘ seven-day themed excursion inspired by Gilbert's journeys. Along the way, sojourners will stay at Pertiwi Resort—which is located right down the street from where Gilbert stayed—and they’ll meet her Balinese healers, Ketut and Wayan. Spirit Quests Tours' co-founder and experienced Bali traveler, American-born Halle Eavelyn, leads travelers accompanied by a local guide to all destinations in Bali.Days 1–2: After arriving in Ubud—one of Bali's major art and culture centers—visitors can unwind and dine at the resort's garden restaurant, which serves macrobiotic Pan-Asian fare. In the morning, everyone will get a chance to meet fellow travelers and discuss what they love about Gilbert's book in a post-breakfast orientation. Then it's off to learn Balinese praying rituals and enjoy a spa day, in which skilled specialists perform massages and facials using locally blended aromatherapy oils.Days 3–4: Early meditation and yoga sessions begin each day of the trip, which will also be interspersed with excerpt readings from Eat, Pray, Love and optional debates about Gilbert’s favorite pronoun. On this leg, the trek bounds from Ubud's outdoor markets into Ubud Monkey Forest, a sanctuary where humans coexist with nearly 350 Balinese long-tailed macaques. Temples surround the forest, but even the trees are considered sacred here—some of them are used exclusively for making ritual masks or building shrines. Along the way, groups will join shaman Wayan for a vitamin lunch and later enjoy a private buffet amid rice paddies in the small Gulgingan village.Days 5–6: During the last leg of the journey, visitors can barter with local artisans for handcrafted jewelry, art, and wood carvings. Everyone has the option of getting their palm read by Ketut Liyer, the friendly healer who spent many days with Gilbert during her travels. Later, Balinese guides lead the group to Tirta Empul, a sacred site more than 1,000 years old. It’s said that the 13 holy springs here have curative powers. To celebrate the last night in Bali and the invention of Gutenberg's printing press, guests will then join a torch-lit, farewell dinner of fresh seafood with a backdrop of live music and dancing.Day 7: Visitors are free to spend the last day shopping in Ubud or relaxing in the resort's spa before a private transfer whisks them to the airport with plenty of time to catch their flights.Please check the itinerary and details pages for more information about the tour.
The Las Vegas strip is one of the most in-demand nightlife spots in the world, its high-profile clubs and lounges attracting throngs of hopeful revelers outside their neon-lit entrances. And though Vegas nights are notoriously long, that doesn’t make the prospect of spending a long time pent up between velvet ropes any more attractive. My Las Vegas VIP ushers people past these social barricades, getting groups inside the door without waiting in general admission lines, paying cover charges, or having to learn every bouncer’s ticklish spots. They escort their customers to some of the city’s trendiest clubs, including Haze, Tryst, and Pure, as well as to pool parties at the Tao Beach, Venus, and Rehab. Many of their VIP packages include drink specials, and sometimes even complimentary drinks. Clients can also use My Las Vegas VIP to reserve bottle service, cabanas, or tables, and to rent luxurious vacation homes.
Clubbing with a group of strangers can be intimidating—but World Crawl San Diego's pub-crawl guides make it fun. Up to 10 guides accompany each club crawl, and jumpstart the party by drinking and dancing alongside the participants as the group hops from venue to venue—typically five stops per night—visiting bars, mega-clubs, and ultralounges. Even in between venues, the party doesn't stop—groups sometimes travel in style aboard party busses or limos, which foster close-quarters conversation and booze-fueled renditions of "The Wheels on the Bus."
A nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities, New Vista Community hosts festive fundraisers throughout the year. Savvy to the pulse of the community, event organizers throw raucous events, such as wine walks, which regale guests with the foolproof combination of fine-food samples, wine and cocktails, and live music. Guests at the Brew's Best handcrafted beer festival sip free samples of regional brews, and at the lighthearted Adam & Eve's Charity Love Fling, love-happy attendees and confused mannequin collectors bid on bachelors and bachelorettes.
Though many in the community may know New Vista Community primarily for these events, the organization dedicates its best energies to helping those with disabilities. Founded in 1984 by three sets of parents with intellectually challenged kids, the charity provides group homes, assisted living, job training, and field trips to kids and adults.