Why Experiences Make Great Gifts

With Valentine’s Day coming up, roses may be red, but creating experiences together are golden! This holiday, why not opt for the unexpected? Here are just a few reasons why an experience gift is a great way to go.

1. It’s Really Fun!

You already know what your loved ones enjoy doing so they’re going to have a good time. Whether it’s a round of golf, tickets to a show, or something they’ve always wanted to try, you’re helping them create a fun memory.  For my husband’s birthday one year, I gifted him the experience of flying a small plane in our hometown. You might think that sounds expensive, but it was cheaper than a candlelit dinner - around $75!  Plus, it was truly an experience of a lifetime.

2. It’s a Win-Win for Both of You

Many of the best moments in life are the experiences we share with family and friends. There’s an instant grin nostalgia over concerts together, road trips and festivals. Why not gift an event that you can enjoy together? For one Valentine’s Day, my husband and I took to the streets of Denver for a World Cup Big Air Snowboarding event right in the middle of the city. It was awesome watching incredible athletes show off their skills while we sipped on brews from the beer tent. Not only was this a great way to get out together, but it created a memory we’ll always cherish.

3. Deal Sites Offer Inexpensive & Local Options

It’s easy to find fun things to do with great websites like Groupon and Living Social. Often times, there are a surplus of ideas, plus they are at a discounted rate. From cooking classes to music festivals to test-driving exotic cars, there really is something for everyone.

4. It’s a Great Chance to Try Something New

Maybe your loved one has always wanted to try a pottery class, take guitar lessons, or try out that new rock climbing gym. Gifting these experiences show that you care about their interests while helping to fulfill them. For the more adventurous, you can even try a new activity like skydiving or indoor scuba diving.

Experience gifts offer more than fun moments – they give you new insights, quality time together and really cool memories. What experience are you excited to gift?

5 Ways Travel Resolutions Benefit You and Your Business

2015 is in the books, and 2016 is off to a fresh start! In addition to goals for health, wealth and happiness, travel should be a top priority in the New Year. Whether it’s a long-weekend to a nearby city, an event with friends across the country, or an epic adventure around the world, travel benefits both us and our business. Here are Sales Driven Adventures’ top 5 reasons for setting travel resolutions.

1. Experiencing new places changes you for the better.

Traveling requires you to step outside your routine and often comfort zone. You interact with people of all kinds of backgrounds and see how others live. You’re reminded of all that you have and see the commonality of people all around the world. You experience extraordinary scenery that is breathtaking and grounding. When you do something new like blowing glass, going to a Broadway show, or swimming with sharks, you’re expanding your worldview and learning more about yourself in the process.

2. Travel creates a vision and sense of urgency for your business.

When you have an exciting trip to look forward to, you have a deadline and know exactly what income you need to achieve by a certain date. You have a vision of yourself enjoying the fun adventures that trip entails and know what business objectives need to be obtained to make that trip a reality. Allow yourself to dream BIG! We've done it ourselves and have seen it happen over and over again - top sales people having the income and flexibility for world travel. It is through hard work, dedication and vision that those business achievements and epic trips become a reality.

3. Leisure travel is great for your health and well-being. 

Hiking in the mountains, relaxing by the pool, watching the sunset over the ocean – these leisurely activities provide necessary and rejuvenating mental breaks. You also have time to reflect on your priorities and goals. When you return to work, you feel rested, focused, and ready for the next task at hand.

4. New adventures are exciting and fun!

What have you always wanted to do? Scuba dive in crystal-clear waters? Vineyard hop in wine country? See the sky illuminate with Northern Lights? Making time to try something new opens you up to all this world has to offer and gives you an experience you’ll always have to cherish. There are endless possibilities of exciting experiences and the more you seek them out, the more enriched your life can be!

5. Travel makes you resourceful and adaptable.

While on the road, you learn how to navigate unknown situations. Can’t speak the language? You find a way to communicate. Your bags never made it? Hello flexibility. Nervous about trying a bold adventure? It’s an opportunity to overcome a fear. The more you travel, the easier it becomes to go with the flow and in turn your confidence builds. Resourcefulness, adaptability, confidence and flexibility are all great skills you’ll apply to your business and everyday life.

Now the question is, where will your travels take you in 2016?