Seeking Adventure

My grandma always told me that if she could go anywhere, she would go to Alaska. This may have to do with her pure addiction to all the survival shows on TV. I feel like she would survive better in the wilderness than I would.🙂 But, after researching the vast state, I can see why Alaska pulls in her eye and so many other tourists on an annual basis. Its natural beauty and wildlife come with the stereotype; however, an aspect that goes unnoticed are the many opportunities for pure adrenaline that can only be found by taking a jump out of your comfort zone with an adventurous excursion.

In my opinion there are three stages of adventure; observing, participating, and being a pure adrenaline seeker. Your journey through Alaska could help you become more adventurous than you ever thought you were. Are you ready? I hope so! 


OBSERVING adventure!

To start off your path to ultimate adventure, how about one of Discovery Channel’s recommended excursions? Panning for gold in Fairbanks!  Start by boarding a train on the Tanana Valley Railroad to Gold Dredge 8, and eventually getting to pan for yourself. This excursion is family friendly and receives a high rating among the past visitors. Plus, who wouldn’t want a chance to hit it big? If you want an equally fun excursion, with an extra element of cuteness, visit the Husky Homestead in Denali. You’ll get to meet the pups that will eventually be dog-sled racers. You’ll even hear first hand stories from the Iditarod Champion, Jeff King. Animal Planet even recommends this excursion!! 

Jumping off the Edge to PARTICPATE in the Adventure

Now that you’ve taken the initial steps to become the ultimate adrenaline junkie, check out this excursion to get your feet “wet”.


In Juneau you can get an up-close look at the glaciers by kayaking in the Mendenhall wetlands. You may even get a glimpse of some Alaskan wildlife while enjoying scenic views. If water isn’t your cup of tea, then you could try catching some air, while zip-lining through Skagway. This excursion highlights eleven zip-lines and four suspension bridges, which all hover over many waterfalls. The views are sure to take your breath away if the adrenaline doesn’t.

Do you have what it takes to be a “Pure ADRENALINE Seeker”?


Now that you’ve gotten your feet “wet” or “dry”, it’s time to push you to become a pure adrenaline seeker. The first activity starts in Ketchikan where you’ll put on your wet-suit to dive into the cool waters to go arctic snorkeling. You’ll get to see urchins, sea cucumbers, kelp forests, and you may get a glimpse of the colorful sunflower sea star. This creature can have up to 24 arms and grow up to three feet in diameter. Even though the water is cold, don’t worry! They make sure you have all the proper gear to stay warm. I’ve also been told you get a warm beverage after… Nothing a good hot chocolate can’t cure!

For our finale of grand adventure, I present to you the ultimate excursion. We’re back in Skagway and you’re getting ready to board a helicopter. During the flight you’ll see gorgeous views of glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, mountains, and so much more. After about 20 minutes you’ll get a once in a lifetime opportunity, you’ll land among the glaciers and put on glacier boots to start a 40 minute hike through the glaciers. After you’ve worked off your delicious lunch, you’ll re-board the helicopter and fly back to the port. How many people can you say have done that?! 

By traveling with Princess Cruise Lines, there are 100’s of options for different excursions. Each port has so many opportunities, too many for me to even begin to cover in this blog. If you want to learn even more about adventure in Alaska and excursions that Princess Cruises to Alaska offer, come to our FREE event on October 13th at Oak Meadow Country Club! RSVP by calling 812-479-8687.

From seeing husky puppies to walking among the glaciers, adventure is in Alaska for all those willing to participate.   

Lions, Tigers, and Bears! Oh, my!

Now, I may have fibbed a little in the title, because I’m pretty sure you won’t see any lions or tigers in Alaska. However, bears and other wildlife that you couldn’t dream of seeing anywhere else are plentiful. You just have to be in the right place at the right time.

The Big Five is a term that Alaskans use for the five mammals that are located in Denali National Park. They include, caribou, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, wolves, and moose. Locals compete against each other every hunting season to catch one of each. Not many complete the challenge, but those that do get major bragging rights. They probably feel like Michael from the Office…(“World’s Best Hunter” instead of boss).


Now if hunting isn’t your thing, don’t be alarmed. There are tours available where you can attempt to see all the animals with the help of a guide. Pro tip: Bring a pair of binoculars for optimal safety! No one messes with momma bear! The grizzly bear is also known as the brown bear; however, don’t let that confuse you! Grizzly bears can be a multitude of different colors, from brown to black to even red. In the Lower 48 states Grizzly Bears are seen as a “threatened” species; however Alaska has over 30,000 Grizzlies. With Alaska’s smaller population, that means that there is one bear for every 21 people!!

Wolves are also really common to see with an estimated population of 7,000 to 11,000. Wolves are able to live in such a harsh environment because of their adaptability. Wolves live in various terrains and climates across the globe! They even differ between regions in Alaska. There are about 175,000 to 200,000 moose that roam Southeast Alaska. Only the males have the famous antlers and they only appear in the moose’s first year and every summer. You may even see Rudolph… I mean a caribou, in Denali! These are less common because of their specific habitat requirements.

The final member of the Big Five is the Dall sheep. They are named after a naturalist named William Henry Dall. Warmer weather brings out more sheep who are known for the curled horns on top of their heads. They are also very skilled climbers.

Alaska isn’t just known for it’s diverse wildlife, but also for what lies underneath the water. Can you guess what I’m referring to?


You guessed it! Whales, more specifically humpback whales! In the summer they head up to Alaska to spend time in the nutrient-rich waters, before heading back to Hawaii to mate and give birth. These whales are best seen from a whale excursion. Princess Cruises offers an excursion to Mendenhall Glacier and get up and personal with whale tails (whale watching). You’ll want your binoculars again, because along with whales you could see sea lions, harbor seals, Dall’s porpoises, bald eagles, deer, or even bears! By going on the cruise you get to see the animals first-hand while simultaneously enjoying the warm cabin with panoramic windows. Alaska seems to be like a far away land where no one dares to visit, but it’s many mysteries are what make it an ultimate travel destination.

You can learn more about Alaska by coming to the Oak Meadow Country Club on October 13th at 5:30PM to learn more about planning your dream Alaskan vacation, sponsored by Princess Cruises and Ambassador Travel! Spaces are limited so RSVP by calling 812-479-8687!

Don’t Wait For It To Come To You

Concerts are such big, exciting events that are extremely popular. Concerts happen in many, many different cities around the world just about every day collectively. I think it’s safe to say that EVERYONE listens to music and most people have an artist or band they really like. Concerts are an exciting event that brings the artists and fans together through live performances. The energy and feelings between the performers and audience can be difficult to describe through words, you really just have to experience it yourself!

It can be very exciting to see an artist or band you love perform right in front of you eyes, but for many of us, we wait for the chance to experience this by waiting for the band to come to a city near you and sometimes this just doesn’t happen. If you live near big cities like Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, or Dallas, you have better chances of this happening, but not always.

So here’s an idea! Instead of waiting for the concert to come to you, you go to the concert! I know what you’re thinking, ‘why would I spend so much to travel so far for just one concert?’ BUT your traveling doesn’t have to be for just one concert. The concert may be just one aspect that brings you to travel somewhere, but you can turn it into a whole vacation filled with many experiences.

Still not convinced? Here are some examples to give you a better idea:

Say your favorite band is going on a world tour, but none of the cities are near you. There’s two things you can do here by planning a whole vacation around a concert of your favorite band.

Let’s say you live in the Midwest such as Evansville, Indiana and your favorite band will have a concert in Los Angeles or New York. Visiting a big city can be full of many adventures and new experiences. There are many, many different places to go sight seeing, activities, and different events going on all the time in big cities like L.A. and New York. So, you can experience the concert as well as many other things by traveling to a new city.

It’s a world tour and they could be visiting a big city in a country you’ve always want to go to! Now is your chance! You can go see your favorite band and experience a new country at the same time! A concert lasts one to two nights so you can plan other fun or relaxing activities during the day or others nights while you visit!

In addition, there are many resorts and cruises that feature artists during your cruise or stay at the resort so you get your vacation experience with the plus of a live performance from an artist you like!

Why wait for the experience to come to you? Traveling is an experience you won’t get anywhere else, so enhance your love for music by going to a concert and experience a new place at the same time!

Travel Inspiration

Need some inspiration to go on your next travel adventure? Well, what is more inspiring than inspirational travel quotes! Here are 6 inspirational travel quotes to get you motivated to explore the world and all its wonders.

Traveling. It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a story teller.    -Ibn Battuta

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.    -Unknown

These two quotes summarize what happens during and after traveling. When you travel to a place you’ve never been, it can leave you speechless, but it also leaves you with the experience and a story to share with others! Money can buy us many things in life, but with travel you gain new experiences that make you richer as a person.

This next quote is for all of you out there in your 20’s, whether your 20, 29 or somewhere in between, this quote is for you!

“Your 20’s are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker with stuff, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground.”-Kyoko Escamilla

Basically, the 20’s are some of the best years of your life so go out and live it while you’re young! There is a whole world out there just waiting for you to explore it! Get a group of good friends, go on a vacation, and enjoy traveling with good company! You never know what you might experience if you don’t take the opportunity. However, even if you’re no longer in your 20’s, that doesn’t mean you’re not young.

Travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.          -Unknown

Life is short, but the world is full of wonderful things. Don’t wait, live in the moment and go experience the world. Many of us struggle with money, but with a well planned out trip and budget, it doesn’t have to hold you back from your travel adventure if you have the courage to take the first step! Travel agents are always here to help you plan your adventure with whatever budget you may have. This next quote is a personal favorite.

Travel far enough you meet yourself.     -Cloud Atlas

This is a simple, but powerful quote that is very inspiring. It’s from a movie called Cloud Atlas which is a very interesting movie that might just make you think about many deep inspirational things in life including travel. Many of us spend a lot of time simply looking for ourselves. Why are we here? What do I love to do? Who am I? and many other such questions cross our minds. It’s really amazing how you can get different perspectives on life and yourself by simply traveling. Going out of your comfort zone to go and experience something new and amazing can have such positive effects. Many people really discover themselves through travel, myself included!

You don’t need magic to disappear. All you need is a destination.       -Unknown

All it takes is you to get up and go experience the world. All you need is a destination! If you have no idea where you want to go or only have a vague idea, you can ask your friends who have traveled, look up blogs about destinations, or simply call a travel agent to get advice from well experienced travelers who know all the in and outs!

Travel is an experience you can’t get from reading or hearing about it. You just have to get up and go explore it yourself!

How To Find the Best Airfare

Traveling many times involves airfare and if you have a vacation budget, airfare can take a huge chunk out of that budget. The cost of air travel is not usually cheap , so how do you find the best deal? Well, we are here to give you 6 great tips to find the best deals!

Tip #1 is simply call a travel agent. Travel agents have access to a host of tools and systems that can quickly compare prices for different air carriers, alternate dates and departure locations. You may think booking a flight or two is simple and that you can compare the prices yourself, but many of us may know the extra costs and problems we encounter when booking flights ourselves. Travel agents can help find the best flight with the best deals and help minimize problems you could potentially run into. They are here to help you make the most of the planning of your trip!

Tip #2 Be flexible on the days of the week you travel. While in most other businesses the weekends tend to be more expensive, in airfare the weekdays tend to be more expensive because business  travelers occupy so many seats. So traveling on weekends can be less expensive.

Tip #3 Buy air travel as part of a package. If you will be reserving hotel accommodations or a car rental, be sure to let your travel agent know. We have access to non-published air prices when air travel is packaged with a hotel and/or car rental. So this also brings us back to the tip of calling a travel agent to help you with planning your trips!

Tip #4 Use a credit card that earns points you can use for travel. It is very common for our customers to earn enough points on their credit card for one, two or three free airline tickets each year. This can help save you on expenses in long run, especially if you travel often!

Tip #5  Ask your travel agent if there are any air fare deals offered by the travel provider you will be vacationing with. For instance, many river cruise companies will offer a discount or a 2nd person free airfare with your vacation purchase. So it never hurts to double check for extra deals and offers!

The final tip is #6 travel off season! When the weather is cold, it is of course more expensive to travel to warm destinations. In addition, traveling during or around holidays are usually more expensive. It’s great to travel for the holidays because there are usually events and special deals, but this also means many, many people are traveling during these times. If your looking to save on airfare, it’s better to travel off season and avoid holidays.

Those are all the tips we have for you this time! The most important tip is to just contact a travel agent. They can help find you the best deals, save on expenses, and they love travel just as much as you do, maybe even more!