Keep the holiday spirit alive this month as you join in the fun and revelry around celebrations focused on the beginning of Catholic lent (Carnival), a celebration of feasting (Mardi Gras translates as Fat Tuesday) and love (Valentine’s Day). Join us and soak up all the fun and festivities!
The lively city of New Orleans is especially vibrant in the month of February in the run-up to all the festivities around the highly anticipated Mardi Gras Parade, typically taking place at the end of the month. Learn more about the city’s history, architecture, and cuisine on this tour around the French Quarter where you’ll sneak a peek into some of the beautiful Creole courtyards and walk past some familiar movie locations. Other sights include Jackson Square, Café du Monde, Bourbon Street and Pirate’s Alley so you get a real feel of the New Orleans “magic”.
Walking Tour of the Eiffel Tower
Did you know that the Eiffel Tower was once yellow and its radical design so disliked by 300 prominent Parisian artists and intellectuals that they took out a manifesto in the Le Temps newspaper on Valentine’s Day in 1887? For a novel Valentine’s Day “date”, join in on this lively tour with our expert tour guide who will unveil all her secrets while you get a personal close-up view of the Iron Lady and feel like you’re right there in the City of Love.
If you’ve always dreamed of attending the famous Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, now you can with our local Brazil guide who’ll share all about how the celebration started in Brazil in 1723 and its evolution into the “biggest show on earth”. Be immersed in the colors, music, and energy, via beautifully filmed videos of this spectacular event celebrating the beginning of Catholic Lent involving more than two million people on the streets every day during the five-day celebration.
This year, give the people in your life an experiential present that they can choose and customize exactly to their liking. While giving a gift card to their favorite coffee shop says you’ve been paying attention to the java of their choice, a Beeyonder gift card presents them with a lifetime of memories.
Our variety of interactive, accessible, and inclusive online experiences hosts an extensive array of curated tours and classes hosted by expert local guides who inject that all-important personal touch that’s impossible to replicate. Best of all, the giftee can schedule our tech-light interactions to take place at their leisure and choose to go solo or bring along other friends and family to join in the fun.
For this holiday season, fulfill someone’s bucket list travel dream or bring them back to an old favorite vacation spot, an experiential gift that they will cherish forever.
Eat & Drink Their Way Around The World
The beauty of food and drink experiences is that it translates across all language barriers. All you need is an appreciation for a particular culinary art, or curiosity to learn about a favorite cuisine or ingredient, and viola! With experiences that span the globe from Argentina to Japan, South Africa to Peru, choose from fascinating experiences like preparing Patagonia dishes, touring a working coffee farm in Costa Rica to learning how to prepare authentic Turkish Halva.
Cultivating A Love For Wine
Everyone has that one friend, family member, or colleague who is a budding wine connoisseur. Deepen his or her love for the grape with our exclusive wine-centric experiences. Let them choose from experiences like uncovering the nuances of Malbec wines by joining on a walking tour of an Argentinian vineyard, or attending a special Malbec virtual tasting. Give them new ways to build their wine knowledge with experiences hosted by wine experts where they have access to wine experts and fellow wine connoisseurs.
Go Sightseeing Across the Globe
For the avid traveler, there’s nothing better than experiencing a new destination, immersing themselves in a foreign country, and learning about its history and culture as they take in unforgettable sights and picturesque sunsets. This year, give the wanderluster an opportunity to go on luxury tours around the world affordably and doing so in a climate-friendly way. Choose from a wide range of walking tours, expert presentations and cultural experiences to charming destinations like Venice where you’ll learn more about the art of glass blowing, or enjoy a private gondola ride. Or perhaps the tour goer will prefer to go to far flung destinations to climb the summit of Machu Picchu, ride a hot air balloon over Egypt’s Luxor or visit the set of “Emily in Paris”; the opportunities are endless.
With Beeyonder, there truly is an experience for everyone. Just choose the destination, and let us unlock the adventure. Easy to book and easy to go.
Traveling to one’s ancestral homeland is a bucket list wish of many but sometimes it’s not possible to visit in person. What’s the next best option? Book a virtual tour with us and utilize the expertise and local knowledge of our experienced guides to deliver a personalized experience that’ll leave you with special, heartfelt memories. Read on to hear how one family came together for a trip to Prvic Sepurine, Croatia with their very special guide Anita.
“We are a close-knit family of 7 and for the 4th of July, we decided to organize a virtual experience with Beeyonder to visit the island of Prvic, Sepurine in Croatia. While my mother’s side of the family is all from Croatia, none of us had ever been there. As her paternal grandparents, parents, and brothers immigrated before World War II, she has never been to the island but has expressed a desire to see Prvic, Sepurine. Taking into account her age, some physical challenges, and the pandemic, traveling there would have been too complicated.
How Our Tour Came Together
I looked for options and discovered Beeyonder and thought a virtual tour could be the perfect solution. While there were virtual tours already being offered in parts of Croatia, it did not come as a surprise to find there were none being offered in Prvic Sepurine. Still, I completed the online questionnaire, and to our surprise, our guide Anita graciously agreed to accommodate our request due to the island's close proximity to her home in Zadar.
We provided Anita with some family history, including my grandparents’ names, when they were born, and their parents’ names. We knew the island was small and while we did not have exact addresses, we provided Anita with very approximate locations of the homes where my grandfather and grandmother lived growing up. This lack of detail did not faze Anita who did her research, asked locals, and eventually discovered the home where my mom’s father grew up with his parents and his siblings, and the home where my mom’s mother was raised with her siblings.
Her research also unearthed that my mother’s first cousin still lives in the home where her mother grew up. While he wasn’t on the island at the time of the tour, Anita managed to share a photo of him with his grandson, who is named after my mother’s grandfather. As part of the experience, Anita also took us all over the island. We visited the two local churches – where my mom’s ancestors were likely baptized and married – and the locations of what would have been the schools at that time in history. Just walking the streets with her made it feel like we were there and gave us a sense of how close everything was. There were no cars on the island (just a fire truck) so to walk through the narrow roadways and see stone buildings that have been there for centuries was so exciting. It truly felt like we were experiencing what my ancestors saw day in and day out!
We Were Blown Away!
To be honest, we did not know what to expect, and while we provided Anita with some family history and other details we did not want to get our hopes up. Imagine our surprise when she started the tour by showing us the burial place of my great grandparents. On the burial marker, was a picture of them that my mom recognized, as that same picture was in her home growing up. My mother shed tears of joy, even Anita was crying, knowing how precious this experience was for my mom and our family. When I asked my mom afterward how she felt she shared: “What a thrilling beginning to a wonderful tour. It was as though time had stopped and we could peek into history and touch the homes and lives of our loved ones. In Anita's caring hands, the experience was unforgettable.”
Anita is an amazing guide who went beyond any textbook tour. It was apparent that she did a lot of "homework" to give us a wonderful experience. She made the tour very personal and showed such an interest in our family and we feel like she’s part of our family story now. She even followed up after the tour with more facts and photos and graciously offered to send us some videos as keepsakes.
My family and I still are still replaying this experience over and over again and we can’t thank the Beeyonder team and Anita enough for this experience that we will never forget. We are happily spreading the word about Beeyonder and can’t wait to book another tour with Anita, or one of the other fantastic guides on the platform!”
While we cannot guarantee a personalized experience, we are available to help customize tours and packages to fit your budget and needs. Click here to inquire about a tour today.
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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