What is a Trip of a Lifetime? If Yours Includes a 10-day Adventure in the Galapagos Islands, Check This Out
“Trip of a Lifetime” – what does this phrase mean to you? We’ve never given it much thought but only because we hope and plan to travel so much to many unique and fun places that we hope all our travels would be considered a trip of a lifetime.
Does it mean:
- Your one chance to do all the things you want to do on one trip?
- A place you’ll never be able to go again – because of expense, its tenuous existence, or some other reason?
- A trip that will change your life beyond the actual journey?
Many of the trips we’ve taken have been enjoyable but we probably wouldn’t choose to plan another trip there: Ireland and Zihuatanejo come to mind. We like them but would want to go other places before going back there. On the other hand, there are other places, like Italy, Costa Rica, and Chile, where we’d be happy going back numerous times because we loved them so much – we’d gladly do the same things or explore different places in those countries over and over again.
But maybe a trip of a lifetime is more than that – maybe it’s a trip around the world, a 3-month break from life. It’s surely different for all of us. But in any case, the good folks at GeckoGo, a travel site for independent travelers, has done a lot of research on this issue (pdf) and have used that research to inform a new promotional contest that sends the winner and a friend to the Galapagos Islands for 10 days of fun, adventure, and learning. This trip is worth $12,000 – that alone might make it a once in a lifetime trip for those frugal travelers among us (ahem).
As you know, we’ve written about the Galapagos and the challenges it faces as more travelers like us descend upon it. The balance between people who live there, its fragile ecosystem, and tourists is delicate at best. The good thing is that GeckoGo is collaborating with Peregrine Adventures and iExplore, two companies that are well-known for small group travel that abides by sustainable tourism guidelines and leaves less of a footprint than others.
Sign up for this contest before the deadline of April 23!