The Real Cost of Fantasy Camp

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-04-28T02:43:28Z

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Vacation Drama

Lying on the beach or taking a cruise can be relaxing -- but exciting? Not so much. Many Baby Boomers want to come back from a break having learned or experienced something unique. (Heaven forfend we spend time off without a little self-improvement mixed in.) So we head to dude ranches, survival schools and other adult camps, at which we can either prove our mettle or indulge our fantasies of being Broadway divas, poker champs or rock stars. It's a chance to escape from our everyday lives for a bit. For that, we're willing to pay dearly.

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