Tell Dad to Get Out of Town 7

The gift of travel is a gift he’ll never forget.

It’s that time again. Time to honor the man who has toiled and sacrificed for his family to gain greater opportunity than he had himself. He sees the value of instilling faith, integrity, hard work and commitment into the lives of his children, often by his own example. Through failures and successes, he has beamed with great pride and joy!

When possible, Dad also made sure you experienced life through travel and adventure. As we grow, we learn that memories are among the greatest of life’s gifts. Travel provides an opportunity to enhance those memories, because we are more focused on each other. That’s why this year for Fathers Day you might consider giving the gift of travel.

Golfers of all skill levels will be ecstatic with an all-inclusive getaway that offers complimentary greens fees on some of the most desirable courses in the world: Sandals Ochi in Ocho Rios Jamaica; Sandals Emerald Bay in The Bahamas; and Sandals Regency LaToc in St. Lucia. When not on the course, take in the local culture and landmarks or just enjoy relaxing and exquisite meals at the resorts’ many famed restaurants. Scuba, snorkeling and paddle boarding are among the inclusive water activities available at Sandals Resorts. Don’t forget to book Dad a Spa appointment! 

Fishermen love the deep waters of Costa Rica that are teeming with Pacific Sailfish, Pacific Blue Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna. That’s why Meghan Hendrickson recently surprised her husband with a trip to Playa Herradura. With a stay at the Los Suenos Marriott or Los Suenos Resort & Marina, you can access the famed Los Suenos Marina for a day, or several days, of world class chartered sport fishing. It is recommended to schedule fishing charters in advance. No fishing for a day? No worries. Play a round of golf or head to the spa, but definitely take advantage of a rainforest tour. You can also fly above the rainforest on a zipline for the best views. December through April is Costa Rica’s dry season, so now is a good time to begin planning.

Did you know that Dad can experience the back roads of the world via bike, foot, and/or kayak, with a choice of 231 multi-sport itineraries in 50 countries? Backroads Travel offers just that! Tour with groups from across the globe or hire your own private guide. Experience the sights, the culture and the culinary delights of destinations such as the Italian and French Alps, Mallorca, Ecuador, Thailand, the Canadian Rockies, United States National Parks, Hawaii and more! Accommodations, most meals, bikes and equipment, gratuities and events are included in the package rates, allowing Dad to focus on the adventure.   

Don’t forget Dad’s favorite spectator sports. You can select travel packages around his favorite team or create a customized itinerary. Packages are available for the upcoming MLB All Star Game, as well as the 2017 Rose Bowl. You can even begin planning for the 2018 College Football Championship Game. Aside from sports, you can customize trips around any major art or music festival across the nation. When crossing the country is not practical, Nashville alone is certainly blessed to have some great opportunities for sports, music, arts and gardens. Treat Dad to an overnight stay in downtown Nashville and schedule events you can experience together. 

Cynthia Davis is the owner and operator of Cool Springs Travel Group. For more information call 615.600.1226 or visit