One of the benefits of the military is the large numbers of service members at a location. This provides a substantial group and can result in significant discounts on bulk purchases. Working on your behalf at many installations is the Information, Tickets, and Travel (ITT) office. A little known agency, their contributions to your experience on or off base can be impressive.
Just a few steps through the door will immediately bring to mind the old fashioned sense of a travel agency. Often staffed with only one or two individuals, this organization brings many options to the service member. Tickets to local agencies are purchased at bulk agency rates and resold to service members at discounted levels. Trips, excursions, and experiences are available for locations nearby and far alike. In some cases, service members may find themselves enjoying an experience for a fraction of the price, if not free.
As they routinely coordinate the trips and travels for service members, they are often very familiar with the hidden gems available nearby. Whether it is the best cabin to stay at in a location or the best fishing hole during this time of the year, their advice can be the difference between time off, and an incredible vacation. Consider their advice, as their experience – and the experiences they hear about through others – may surpass your own expectations of options and opportunities.
Couple this with your on base outdoor recreation and you can pick up much of the equipment that you need to do any activity. Want to do an Alaskan fishing trip? Rent the waders for less than $10 a day, the poles for the same, and then take a short boat class to rent out a boat. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for a short fishing excursion, spend a small percentage of it, get a group together, relax and enjoy.
Thinking about going camping? Look at renting a tent for the change found in your couch cushions instead of paying money for something permanent that you do not enjoy. At the very least this allows you to experience something before committing to it. Serving one’s nation does not need to be an event of misery.
Military installations coordinate and plan excursions for single soldiers, marriage retreats for families, events, and activities for those who are interested. The number one requirement is that you show the motivation and interest to experience something new. Isolation can have significantly negative effects on service members and their families. When considering ways to reignite passion and personal pleasure at a location, the first stop should be these organizations. They can point you in the right direction and help to show you how to save a few dollars at the same time. For every dollar saved on rental equipment, trips, or tickets, it can be a dollar spent on something else exciting to do, or saved.
So the next time you think about your upcoming weekend or time off, consider heading down to the organizations available on base before spending your hard-earned money off base and you just might have the experience of your life!
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