DEFINITION OF "VACATION": A trip or break away from work or the day-to-day probably means a little something different to practically everyone. People might have differing opinions on what pursuits comprise a vacation, or how much leisure time should be spent doing nothing, or whether a trip means luxury or roughing it. One key feature of modern vacationing, though, that continues to grow in just about every sector of hospitality is the vacation where it isn't all about you. We know, we know; a break is sort of quintessentially self-focused, as it is very often about recharging your body, soul, and mind.
BUT... What if didn't have to be so entirely about you? That question has found an answer -- actually many answers -- over the last few years as tourism and voluntarism have intersected. And hotel and travel companies aren't just paying lip service to the idea. Look to the Ritz-Carlton, which has set up dozens of events under its Give Back Getaways program. They're happening around the world, but there are a number going designed for guests staying at the Laguna Niguel property.
LIKE... Fishing for Second Harvest. Here's how it works: You go out on the water with a Dana Wharf Sportsfishing crew and catch fish. At the end of the day, "your fish are cleaned and donated to Second Harvest, whose mission is to feed a daily nutritious meal to those in need." The cost is $75, and your bait and equipment are included. Oh, plus a one-day fishing license. It's nice, right? You give back, in a real, immediate way, and spend a little time on the open ocean. Why can't every vacation be as generous of heart while simultaneously mixing in a bit of adventure!