When it comes to clear blueskies and wide-open spaces,you can’t beat a ranch-stylegetaway. During Pack Weekat Tucson’s
, one o the country’soldest guest ranches, you’lllearn how to wrangle likea pro on 60,000 acreso desert and mountainwilderness. Instructioncovers everything rommounting and dismounting togrooming, saddling and evencommunicating a la
via a Horse Senseclass. Aternoons are reeor mountain biking, hiking orcozying up in your cute casita.
May, September, October and December
$3,150 per couple, all-inclusive
Adobe casitas with freplaces, private patios and expansive views
Farewell celebration dinner and rame-worthy certifcate
Lamanai Outpost Lodge
,cruise by moonlight on anairboat and work up closewith researchers as theycapture, tag and collect dataon the endangered Morelet’scrocodile. During the resto your stay, expand your jungle knowledge by exploringMaya temples, accompanyingnaturalists on wildlie walksand learning about plant-based medicine rom localvillagers. During your trips,keep an eye out or manatees,otters and parrots as well.
Crocodile Encounter $45 per person; accommodations rom$681 per couple or three nights, all-inclusive, including transers, meals,taxes and two daily activities
Comy thatch-roo cabanaswith lagoon- or garden-view verandas
A CD withimages o your crocodile-taggingadventure
Sure, a week on a beach sounds like a lovely honeymoon.But some couples are looking for something
andimmersing themselves in a new hobby they can enjoy together for the rest of their lives. (Now that
s what we call asouvenir!) We found 10 trips where learning a new skill is amajor part of the adventure. School is in session!
Spanish and Salsa
This three-week cultural-immersion program oersa un way to become uentast. At
inSantiago, Spanish is taughtat six dierent levels or ourhours daily Monday throughFriday. Want to put your newlanguage skills to good use?The same school oers salsalessons via private and groupclasses. You’ll also enjoy cityexcursions to cultural andhistorical sites, a changingmenu o optional activitiessuch as theater and cookingclasses, and ree time toexplore Santiago on your own.
Three-week program, year-round
About $375 per week, per person, including Spanish and salsalessons, accommodations, activitiesand some meals
Board at a local hostel, with alocal amily or in a private apartment
Diploma, arewell luncheon and a night out at a local salsa club
I you’ve dreamed o skipperingyour own sailboat,
is your frststep. Spend mornings in class,learning everything romtying knots to reading thewind, then hit the water in theaternoon. Levels range romtotal beginner to advancedracing, with everything inbetween. Ater a day at sea,enjoy the luxe lie at your cushybeachront hotel; the school hasthree outposts in Florida, plusone in the Caribbean and two inthe New York metro area.
Three- to fve-day packages, year-round
From $995 per person,including accommodations, books and certifcation testing
Posh digs at Florida’s South SeasIsland Resort, CaptivaIsland; Pink Shell BeachResort, Fort Myers;Hawks Cay Resort,Duck Key; or MansionHouse Bed &Breakast, St.Petersburg