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*When can you schedule activity? Before you begin your search, coordinate a range of potential dates with your group. Keep in mind that you’re likely to have much more flexibility in your activity choices (as well as lower prices) if you can get everyone together during week.
*Is weather likely to cooperate? Ask your vendor for advice. Thunderstorms are quite common in summer, so if you choose an outdoor activity like sailing or rock climbing, you may run into a snag. Though most vendors will allow you to reschedule due to inclement weather, it might be difficult to coordinate another available date with others in your party.
*Does vendor have a good reputation? Research activity operators to find out how long they’ve been in business in area, what type of customer feedback they’ve received, and if they have a secure method for processing payment. Make sure that they carry insurance, are certified for safety if appropriate, and have a satisfaction guarantee.
Once you’ve booked your activity, send your participants a confirmation as well as a checklist of things to keep in mind, such as appropriate dress, transportation details, and arrival time. If you’ve chosen a full-day activity that doesn’t involve food, consider arranging a potluck picnic.
Life in 21st century is more hectic than ever. You may only have a few precious days off to spare, but don’t stay home and let good stuff pass you by. Follow these guidelines to try something you’ve always wanted to do, and bring a few friends or family members along for ride!
Andrew Playford is the Founder and CEO of Signature Days, a Chicago-based online retailer that allows Americans to celebrate the luxury of life. Its Internet site, www.signaturedays.com is a centralized service where customers can choose from a wide range of unusual and exclusive experiences and encounters in categories such as action and adventure, gourmet and wine, body and soul, and self-improvement.