February may be the month we celebrate the Hallmark holiday of Valentine’s Day but there’s no reason you can’t plan something special all year round with these interactive, virtual experiences. Whether you’re looking to spice up your regular date night, out of ideas for a fun way to connect with someone you’ve just met, or organizing a virtual get to know your friends and family meeting, these virtual experiences will provide all the necessary spark, fun and romance.
Explore Amsterdam on a Bike
Now that you’ve done the dinners and weekday drinks, it’s time to test the waters if your romantic interest could be a potential traveling partner. Stoke his or her travel lust by exploring a new city together virtually. Hop along on a walking tour bike ride with That Dam Guide who’ll explore Amsterdam’s winding cobbled stone streets as you take in the sights of crisscrossing canals, historic houses, and picturesque bridges that dot the city center.
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Gawk at Bolivia’s Salt Flats Together
Bucket-list trips may have taken a backseat the past couple of years but that doesn’t mean you can’t surprise your love with an adventure. Follow our guide and explore "El Salar de Uyuni" the largest salt flat in the world located in the southwest of Bolivia. He’ll give you a tour of this unique semi-desert and volcanic region pointing out the rock formations, volcanic wells, and spectacular geysers that make this landscape truly one of a kind. Depending on your visit, expect to see the intense blue of the sky contrasted with the brilliant white of the salt crust, or on cloudy days, experience the “White-out” effect where the horizon is blurred until it disappears into the salt flat.
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Shake up some Cocktails in Hoi An
If you’ve missed going on random cocktail bar crawls while traveling, sign up for this storytelling/cocktail class experience hosted live in Hoi An. Enjoy a fun, interactive session where you’ll shake, mix and stir through a menu of vodka or rum-based tipples curated by professional mixologists and bartenders. All the while the host will regale you with stories from Hoi An and share evocative images of this historic trading port known for its wooden Chinese shophouses and colorful French colonial buildings.
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Cook Some Turkish Food Together
Some of the best bonding moments happen over food - after all, this might be the person you’ll be having dinner with for the rest of your life. Forge a deeper connection by learning how to cook a meal together. This live, interactive class will teach you both how to make some traditional Turkish dishes like Imam Bayildi (stuffed aubergines), Cacik (cucumber yogurt salad), and Halva (a traditional sweet pudding made with toasted flour and browned butter). End the class with the host on her terrace overlooking the quaint village of Sirince, located 12 km from the ancient city of Ephesus.
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Join A Japanese Happy Hour
Instead of popping out for a sushi/ramen date, why not treat your date to an online cocktail happy hour experience live from Japan. Aside from learning how to create two Japanese-style cocktails, you’ll pick up some professional bar basics and get to quiz the host on anything cocktail or Japan-related in terms of culture, travel, or food. As a bonus they’ll also dish on their best-kept Tokyo tips and tricks, so you won’t be lost in translation when you next visit that buzzing metropolis.
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“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”
― Carter G. Woodson
It was Carter G. Woodson, known as the father of Black history, who first spearheaded the creation of Negro History Week (which eventually became Black History Month) in February 1926. Over the years as the civil rights movement grew, Black History Month was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976 who urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”. For 2022, the theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity which according to the World Economic Forum “explores the diasporic nature of the African family – both the individual families whose members are spread out across different states, nations, and continents, but also the wider perception of the African diaspora as the “Black family at large”. We hope these four live, interactive tours help to deepen the ongoing exploration of Black lives, their achievements, rich culture, heritage, and history.
Learn About The Life of Nelson Mandela
Few black individuals are as prominent as the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, South Africa’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. The anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist served 27 years in prison, of which the final 14 months of his incarceration took place at Drakenstein Prison. An exclusive to Beeyonder experience, Moira Edmunds and Manfred Jacobs of Green Beyond Tours & Travel Co. will take you through the house and reveal some of the stories from the time Madiba (as he was respectfully known) was imprisoned there. You’ll see the table where both the terms of his release as well as the foundations of South Africa's new democratic constitution were negotiated, and learn about his integrity and nobility from people who lived close to and served as Madiba's allies.
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See Nairobi Through The Eyes Of A Street Child
A unique one-on-one experience, the Nai Nami Experience brings you on a live storytelling tour through downtown Nairobi. Aside from showing you the colorful life on the street, your storyteller and guide will share real-life stories as former street children and gangstas, and how they’ve used their well-honed skills to transform their lives and become social entrepreneurs. Like making a friend while abroad, this experience will leave you forever changed. And as a bonus, booking the Nai Nami Experience allows former street children and disadvantaged youth to earn a regular income and have a future.
Learn About Afro-Argentine History
On the surface, Argentina appears to be the most European country in South America but at one time it had a strong African presence because of the slaves that were brought there. This unique tour created by Lunfarda Travel aims to shed some light on the rich Afro-Argentine history. Led by a Jewish Afro-Argentine performance artist, she’ll elaborate on Argentina’s complicated history, the culture of the Afro-Argentine community, and their influence on everything from the tango to the quilombos (communities formed by descendants of runaway slaves). You’ll also explore the San Telmo, Buenos Aires' most historic neighborhood, where enslaved Africans worked in colonial times, and see a conventillo, a place where free Afro-Argentines lived side by side with Native Americans and Europeans. As a bonus, for every private tour booked, Lunfarda Travel sponsors one for a public school.
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Soak In The Sounds and Sights of Langa Township
Join this walking tour of Langa, the first black township in South Africa for a raw, unfettered look at life in Cape Town. Led by a resident of Langa, he’ll share more about how townships came about and the story of the Apartheid government’s forced removal of people. Along the way, you’ll learn more about the culture of the people, listen to the local language and perhaps learn a few Xhosa words by the end of the tour.
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