As global travel became easier and cheaper in the past decade, many popular tourist attractions have fallen victim to over-tourism, damaging fragile environments or landmarks and contributing negatively to the environment. To visit vulnerable tourism icons, consider a virtual tour conducted by a local expert guide that’ll allow you to experience it but in a low-impact, sustainable manner.
Trip Down the Catacombs of Paris
Visiting the Catacombs in Paris takes some pluck. Made up of over 200 miles of old, crumbling underground tunnels (some of which are in danger of collapsing any day), this unofficial mass grave holds the remains of millions of Parisians and today remains an attraction for visitors intrigued by its eerie charm. Follow along on this guided virtual experience that will bring you through the tunnels with photos, maps, and private documents. Visit the infamous Bones part where the patterns that line the walls are made out of actual bones and unusual structures like the Barrel (said to be the work of quarry miner François Décurealso) double up as an art piece and support beam. Our guide will also share anecdotes of this unique necropolis, and best of all, you will do it from the comfort of your home. Join the tour here.
Admire Machu Picchu from Afar
A bucket list trip for many, exploring this iconic archeological site located 7,000 feet above sea level has gotten a lot more complicated as the Peruvian government struggles to balance its contribution to the Peruvian economy while conserving this sacred site. With new 2021 visiting rules, tourists are now restricted to a four-hour stay and are accompanied by an official tour guide. If going there in person is not an option, join this live virtual tour to explore this breathtaking historic sanctuary from its highest viewpoint surrounded by majestic mountain peaks and valleys. Our guide will share about its unique construction using the technique of ashlar where blocks of stone are precisely cut to fit together without the use of mortar, and other interesting facts that make these ruins of the Inca Empire a must-see. Join the tour here.
Walk The Walls of Dubrovnik
Beautiful but overcrowded, the city walls of Dubrovnik have become another casualty of over-tourism thanks to its portrayal in the Game of Thrones as King’s Landing and for the spectacular views of the Adriatic sea offered from this walled city. Avoid contributing to the crowds but still explore this unique spot in detail with our live virtual tour. Stroll the 2,000 meters long walls of Dubrovnik with our guide who will take you to all six fortresses (Lovrijenac, Revelin, Minčeta, Bokar, St John and St Lucas), and share the hidden corners and stories that make this mythical and magical city of Dubrovnik a one of a kind. Join the tour here.
Explore Venice’s Colorful History
Pre-pandemic, the floating city of Venice was already feeling the weight of day-tripping hordes descending upon St Mark’s Square to gawk at this UNESCO world heritage site. As international tourism slowly starts back up, the city is pivoting to make Venice a world sustainability capital and introduce a Venice tourist tax (from 3 euros) from January 2022 to help pay for essential services like trash collection and the cleaning of public areas. Sidestep adding to the masses by taking a virtual tour around Venice’s famous neighborhood of Rialto. Our guide will show you around the banking center of Venice and the spots that inspired Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Full of life, color, and bustle thanks to the daily greengrocer market and busy Campo della Pescheria fish market, combined with a selection of historic photographs and videos, this live virtual experience will give you a fuller context of Venice's colorful history and leave you feeling like you were there in person. Join the tour here.
Get Close to Penguins in the Antarctic
The climate is warming, and with it, the Antarctic ice shelves have lost nearly 4 trillion metric tons of ice since the mid-1990s and will continue to melt if there aren’t any meaningful changes to our carbon emissions. The Antarctic’s growing vulnerability also presents a pressing problem for emperor penguin colonies who will be severely impacted if the loss of sea ice isn’t stopped or slowed somehow. It is estimated that as much as 70 percent of the population will be in danger by 2050 if present conditions remain as is. Learn more about these adorable torpedo-shaped birds on this virtual tour where our expert guide will share more about them – how they’re flightless birds, what their black and white plumage does to serve as camouflage while swimming – and the beautiful icy conditions they call home in Patagonia and Antarctica. Join the tour here.
American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker Jim Rohn once quipped: “One customer, well taken care of, could be more valuable than $10,000 worth of advertising.” The multi-millionaire certainly knew what he was talking about, spending most of his life expounding on the qualities to succeed in business and especially in selling.
Understanding the power of happy customers, and the potential of referrals by word of mouth or top-of-mind recall is invaluable, and one of the best ways to grow your business. There are many ways to go about achieving this key business metric, but the most authentic is to cultivate a long-term relationship and express sincere appreciation for their custom or referral with a unique and impactful thank you gift.
Here are some creative client gift suggestions, aside from the stereotypical edible arrangements or customized swag that’ll surely make an impression.
Order A Succulent Arrangement
Just as certain flowers symbolize particular character traits or emotions (peonies for a happy life, bluebells for humility), succulents hold symbolic meaning beyond its most obvious trait, sustainability. They can also represent the spirit of tenacity and the ability to persist over difficult conditions. Instead of sending over a bouquet or an edible arrangement, order a succulent box. Harry and David have a wide range in different pots and arrangements, while Succulents Box can customize a box of air plants and succulents with your company logo.
Gift a Gourmet Food Box
Everyone loves to eat better. While there’s plenty of online meal kits, spending time to research a gourmet option sends a message about your commitment to the details that matter. Crowd Cow offers different boxes of gourmet meat and seafood (“Chick Me Out” for pasture-raised chicken, “Game Day Treats” with bone-in pork butt roast and chicken wings) that’s responsibly sourced from small farms. Aside from one-off or monthly boxes, they have a concierge service for bigger orders and adds a customized note to leave that all-important personal touch. Another fun option is Mouth’s Indie States of America Box. Each month, they curate the best small-batch food from coast to coast, such as artisanal chocolate from Oregon, biscotti from Vermont, and hot sauce from Hawaii, so you can taste your way through all 50 states.
Invite Your Client To Travel Virtually
How do you get all your clients (and their loved ones) all together for some valuable get-to-know-you time from the comfort of their home or office? Organize a private virtual travel experience with Beeyonder and make some beautiful memories together. The options to travel virtually are endless: from explorations of the majestic natural wonders like the Iguazu Falls and Machu Picchu, to live interactive tours with expert local guides of ancient sites like the Acropolis, Walls of Dubrovnik, and the Colosseum, or, engage with them weekly through a specialized multi-week series learning all about the beloved horses of Montana’s Dunrovin Ranch. Have a browse on Beeyonder and let us know how we can organize a personalized virtual experience for you, and your clients.
Send Their Fur Kid Some Treats
Pet owners love to spoil their fur kids and appreciate anyone who takes the time and effort to do the same. For the client who shares about his rascally fur kid, BullyMake has one-off/monthly gift boxes of chew toys and treats based on fun themes like “The Wild West”, “Circus” and “Space”. For feline owners, Meow Box knows how much fun a new toy can be, curating boxes of fun treats and playthings like crochet baby aliens and carnival-themed corn dogs for their amusement.
Spoil Them With A Spa Box
We could all do with a spot of self-care and a thoughtful spa box elevates any at-home spa session. Whether it’s a collection of bath bombs and body butter from Lush, a recurring supply of luxurious sheet masks from 7 Lux Subscription, or a year’s delivery of gorgeous candles from Nest New York, it’ll demonstrate that you have their well-being in mind, even if you haven’t met up in person for a while.
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