My husband and I are adventure-seekers. We love heights, hiking, camping, running races, amusement parks, and traveling, but we often find our time and budget for such excursions limited now that we’re juggling our full-time jobs and a baby. This is why I love sites like Groupon and LivingSocial* (even though I don’t always agree with company choices, I’ll admit). Sometimes, I just delete the emails without reading them, but every once and awhile I come across a gem. When I know we’re going on vacation, I usually subscribe to that city’s LivingSocial deals just until we go on our trip. That’s how we scored a hot air balloon ride over the Vegas Strip as part of our trip out to the Grand Canyon for only half of the normal price. Wind conditions were not ideal during our trip, so the ride was canceled, and If we had booked through the balloon company, we would not have gotten our money back. Since we booked through LivingSocial, however, we were able to get a full refund, which we used to purchase a helicopter tour over the Canyon, instead. (And a benefit of being the smallest adult was riding in the cockpit with the pilot!)
Some of the specialized themed races often come up on LivingSocial – the mud runs, color runs, and obstacle courses seem to pop up almost every week, so my husband and I were able to do a Color Me Rad race for only half the original price. I ran this 5k when I was 8 months pregnant:
Our most-recent LivingSocial half-off adventure this weekend was actually on my bucket list. I’ve always wanted to get stuck at the top of a roller coaster (revisiting a previous post) and walk down the steps. As it turns out, Busch Gardens now offers a Roller Coaster Insider Tour, where we got to enter the amusement park before it opened and tour the maintenance areas of all the coasters, even riding the maintenance trolley to the top of the Griffin coaster. The trolley only goes up so far, and then we got to walk up the remaining steps to the platform, 205 feet in the air. It was so awesome to be up so high, looking down on the nearly-empty park with just a leaf-blower or street-sweeper peppered throughout the grounds. It was pretty windy at the top, and our guide took as many pictures as we asked him to, which we received on a CD at the end of the tour, which ended up lasting 4 hours. A great deal!
*not endorsing, not compensated for my thoughts…