Take a few minutes to read about some of the extraordinary experiences featured on XTRORD.com and you might get the impression that these stories are all about me. Well, honestly, you couldn’t be more wrong.
The whole point of XTRORD.com (and this blog) is to encourage you to get up off the couch and live out your dreams. To go out and have yourself the kind of truly remarkable once-in-a-lifetime adventures that make you think “Man, I’ve always wanted to do that!”
With that in mind, I’ve got a couple of hot tips on ways you can have yourself an experience that I’m pretty sure will blow away any previous trip you’ve ever taken.
First up is a contest being put on by the nice folks at the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau. Grand prize is VIP treatment at this year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (October 3-11), including hotel, spending cash, a Flip video camera and—here’s the best part—a balloon flight in one of the festival’s mind-boggling mass ascensions. Even if you’ve been in a hot air balloon before, the experience of lifting off in the middle of 700 brightly-colored balloons will blow your little mind. Trust me on this.
Just as intriguing is an opportunity to snag what has to be the ultimate dream for cycling fans, a trip to see the Tour de France (July 4-26) up-close-and-personal. The package—which includes a chance to watch several stages, meet competitors, and more—will be auctioned off by Auction Cause on eBay, with the proceeds going to Right To Play, an organization that creates sports programs for disadvantaged kids in more than 20 countries. Bidding runs from June 19-26.