Here's the holiday card illustration I recently finished for the CMU School of Computer Science. The whole thing was rendered in Photoshop after sketching it in pencil. Below is the idea I REALLY wanted to render but it got shot down. Doh!
There's no trick to having an adventure if you spend a bunch of money, travel hundreds or thousands of miles, or pay someone to organize it. But the adventures that I find the most interesting are the ones you cob together yourself with available gear and friends and access by walking out your front door.