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E>V MISSION: ALIVENESS FOR ALL

You know that feeling of aliveness on vacation? When you're free, inspired and going-with-the-flow? What if every day felt that amazing? That fun? That alive?

Now it can. With Evolution Through Vacation, the unique travel guide that transforms travel into a personal development adventure, you'll find new ways to amp up your next vacation as well as change your everyday life to an experience of truly being alive.

Why vacation?

According to Glassdoor.com, 75% of Americans didn't use all their vacation time last year. (Ouch!) Even worse, stress levels are sky-rocketing, work/life balance is under pressure and, not to mention, many of us are frustrated with the status quo and just plain wanting more out of life.

It's time to make a change.

Evolution Through Vacation challenges and motivates you to get out into this big world of ours and explore. To use travel as a living laboratory, a playground of possibility, an outer adventure of inner exploration. And, then, to bring that experience back home. To turn vacation energy into everyday energy. All to live an even more inspired life.

Here's how it works:

Based on the anthropological idea of a Rite of Passage, Evolution Through Vacation (or e>v) helps you shape your journeys near and far. Through three stages of adventure—Prep, The Trip and Re-Entry—Evolution Through Vacation equips you with in-the-moment experiments that excite and inspire, no matter you’re headed. It guides you through new ideas, concepts and games that challenge you to review outdated thinking and habits. It pushes you to dream bigger in your life. And then, it inspires you into action-mode to make those dreams come true. Like the Minneapolis Star Tribune says, “...it's less a book than a life coaching session in print.” Here's how!

1) Prep: Get ready to let go!

First and foremost, e>v helps you gear up with a bit of metaphysical list-making in Prep. It’s pondering what you’re moving away from and what you’re moving toward. It's asking what you want to create, inside and out. It’s a giant slew of gut-searching, soul-expanding questions, challenges, insights and more.

2) The Trip: Welcome to your adventure!

Playing with your vacation—with the physical space of betwixt and between—the Trip offers up options, perspectives and actions to bring life to your living. When you are in the Trip—in the middle, in transition, on vacation!—things are full of possibilities. Hint? Get ready to think big, imagine big, live big.

3) Re-Entry: Bringing it all back home.

Finally, Re-Entry recalls the insights and learning from your vacation and asks you what impact the Trip will have on your daily existence. How are you different from having seen and experienced all that you did? How have you evolved? How will this transform things for you? How will you harness all your expanded brilliance and share it with the world? Re-Entry shows you how.

How is Evolution Through Vacation different from other travel guides?

It's about the journey, not the destination:

While most travel guides focus on the tangibles of a vacation—where you’ll go and what you’ll see—Evolution Through Vacation focuses on the intangibles of your trip: where you want to grow, what you want to learn, who you want to be on this journey and beyond. It truly doesn't matter where you go—could be a trip around the world or an excursion to the next town over. Your internal journey is what's at play here. And it's fun.
It's lightweight, nimble, playful & fun: Travel doesn't work well under pressure. Neither does Evolution Through Vacation. The book isn’t about doing work on your vacation, it’s about being playful. It’s about discovery. And exploration. And having fun. In short, it's a rollicking, inner scavenger hunt with big, big prizes at the end. Seriously big.

It plays extremely well with others:

Evolution Through Vacation is designed to be used in tandem with your other travel-planning gear. It plays well with other handbooks and maps and tips, it doesn’t compete. It’s simply another tool to help elevate your next vacation into an even better, even cooler, even more enriching adventure. It's up for anything: Use e>v on your next family vacation, weekend with the girls, romantic getaway, solo adventure, business trip, at-home staycation, you name it. Evolution Through Vacation helps travelers of all kinds get the most out of travel. All you need is an open mind, a curious heart and a sense of adventure.

Finally, it doesn’t stop when your vacation ends:

Aligned with your journey, e>v has experiments for every step of your trip, including when you return to that thing known as real life. This is where you're now equipped to transform vacation energy into everyday energy. This is where things get really fun. And absolutely life-changing in the most incredible way.

What do other travelers think? Check out some recent reviews:

Karen says: My most valuable take-away from the book? A visual and feeling of the personality of my best-possible self.
Ann says: Evolution Through Vacation is open. Fun. Freeing. ALIVE. What more could you want in life?
John says: Totally re-framed my weekend; basically snapping me out of well-worn ruts. I got new perspectives going in, new experiences there and awesome insights to bring back to my life.
Sarah says: Evolution Through Vacation is a very useful tool ... and it's fun, too. It really helps to zero in on what exactly you want your vacation to be, whether it's someplace you go all the time or someplace brand new. It lets you be the guide of your own adventure.
Angie says: Evolution Through Vacation made a huge difference. I liked that you could self-guide. I was open and aware, but didn't have to make things happen.
Shelley says: When we arrived, the hotel had lost our reservation. Before Evolution Through Vacation, I would have freaked out. This time, I let it go and reminded myself of the ideas in the book. Everything worked out even better than we had planned!
Kathy says: I used e>v on a family vacation ... the questions (the Life Map, especially) prompted amazing conversations with my mom that definitely brought us closer together!
Kim says: The process helped me visualize my vacation in a brand new way. Even more, it felt like I was embarking on something special and participating in something larger, somehow. I loved it!