Vacation doesn’t always have to be on a tropical beach

Not all travelers are looking for a peaceful week on the beach when they are planning their next vacation. It can be hard to find a unique experience that well suited for their lifestyles, however. To help out trip planners who are struggling with this dilemma, Kitty Bean Yancey offered the following suggestions for one-of-a-kind getaways.

In the past 10 years, Texas Hold 'Em poker has become very popular. With tournaments and high stakes matches featured routinely on television networks such as ESPN and the Travel Channel, people have been dreaming of becoming the next poker player to make it big.

For just under $2,000, both amateurs and professionals alike can sit down with some of the world's best poker players as a part of the World Poker Tour Boot Camp, which Yancey explained is held in places such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Aruba.

Another interesting trip is a biking excursion through Boston. Led by local history buffs and expert Beantown tour guides, guests are treated to an exclusive look at the many communities of one of America's most storied cities. Cycling tour professionals Butterfield & Robinson offer packages that run from September 13 to September 16, and September 27 to September 30, and attendees can even end their trips with a spa treatment at the Fairmont Battery Wharf.

Whether travelers want to show up at Las Vegas poker rooms in style or cyclists are looking for a stretch limousine in Boston to relax in after a couple days of biking, they can make a quick reservation with Hermes Worldwide, a leader in the luxury transportation industry.

Vacation doesn’t always have to be on a tropical beach