Funsherpa Expands to Three More US Cities

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By , September 18, 2013 5:24 pm

(Sept. 5, 2013) — Representatives with Funsherpa, LLC announced today that it has expanded to three new cities: Seattle, Boston, and Miami.

 

Raquel Rausch, Principal Experience Officer of Funsherpa, LLC, said the expansion will allow more people across the nation to have unique experiences through its gift certificates.

 

“Funsherpa began selling experiential gifts in Chicago and we are excited to expand our online market to other major cities across the United States,” Rausch stressed, before adding, “We have been working hard with vendors to provide the best experiences that capture the essence of each city we serve.”

 

Rausch went on to explain that the company provides unique experience gift certificates – from skydiving to cooking classes, which she says are all guaranteed to be the perfect gift for anyone’s loved one.

 

The company, which has been featured in Fox News, Thrillist, Daily Candy and Chicago Now, is an “experience gift” provider, which, according to company representatives, has been delivering alternatives to boring gifts since 2009.

 

“Customers are no longer pigeonholed into buying tired and predictable gifts,” Rausch pointed out. “Experiences provided by Funsherpa range from skydiving to $200,000 flights in space.”

 

The company has 2,000-plus experiences in major cities including San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.

 

“Unlike other experience providers, we focus on providing the most unique and thoughtful experiences on our site,” Rausch noted about the company that’s geared toward adults looking to give memorable and unique gifts experiences.

 

One customer identified as Melissa, of Chicago, gave the company two thumbs up based on her experience.

 

“I proposed to my now fiancée through a Funsherpa private sail and it was just amazing,” she recalled.

 

Another customer identified as James of Evanston, Ill., said he found the coolest wedding gift on the company’s website.

 

“My friends couldn’t stop talking about it for days,” he said.

 

For more information, please visit: http://www.funsherpa.com/experience-gift/ and http://blog.funsherpa.com/

Think Outside the Box When Choosing a Birthday Gift for Boyfriend

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By , September 18, 2013 5:22 pm

There are two categories of people in the world who are particularly tricky when it comes to giving gifts: people you don’t know well enough to choose a perfect gift for, and people who seem to have everything already! In fact, even when you know someone very well, sometimes you just feel like you’ve run dry of inspiration when their birthday rolls around. This is especially frustrating when it’s someone that you care about very much and would especially like to get a really awesome birthday present for! Boyfriends are notoriously difficult to shop for, whether you’ve just gotten together or whether you’ve been together for a long time. If you’re having a hard time finding a birthday gift for boyfriend this year, here are some things to keep in mind.

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First, you should already know that you needn’t feel obligated to spend a ton of money. The quality of a gift is much more important than the quantity of cash you spent on it! “It’s the thought that counts” isn’t just a saying for when someone doesn’t like the gift you gave them. It also has a positive meaning: the thought, caring and time you put into choosing a gift are as much a part of the gift as the item you end up wrapping and giving away. When buying a birthday gift for a boyfriend, remember that he loves you for who you are, and anything you give him will be extra special because it comes from you.

 

Next, remember that not all gifts are the sort that can be put in a box and wrapped up. There are plenty of ways to let someone know you care without having to go gift shopping. You can cook him a special dinner just for the two of you, or if cooking isn’t your thing, a special night at his favorite restaurant may be a perfect gift all by itself. You can take him to one of your favorite places that he’s never seen before, like an art gallery or a beautiful hiking trail. The best birthday gift for your boyfriend will be the time he spends with you, doing something you both love.

 

If you’re really feeling stuck for a good birthday gift for a boyfriend, you can always give him an extra bit of responsibility—let him choose his own gift! Gift cards are extremely popular, and with good reason. You’re giving someone a small shopping spree with the flexibility to get exactly what they want. There’s nothing like a guarantee that they won’t end up with something they don’t like.

 

Buying a birthday gift for a boyfriend can be tricky, but remember to have fun with it. Don’t give yourself a headache. Remember that he loves you and that it’s a birthday gift, not an exam! If you think about what you know about him, and what he likes, and what the two of you like doing as a couple, you’re sure to come up with something wonderful and if you can’t…well we may have a few idea for you. Most importantly, remember that you can never get him a gift he loves as much as he loves you!

Choose the Perfect New York Gifts for Friends

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By , September 18, 2013 5:21 pm

Ah, New York.  What’s not to love! The experiences are endless from natural getaways to trips through the arts and theatre world, to visiting the offices of Marvel and DC Comics, to exploring the food trucks, cooking classes, and extraordinary restaurants immersing oneself in the cuisines of the city, to taking in a sports event or two, to taking a leisurely stroll checking out the trendiest fashions in Fifth Avenue. Just imagine the adventure you could send your friend on as you choose the perfect New York Gifts.

 

What if you have no idea how to choose New York Gifts – what if you don’t have enough knowledge of the city or region to find the perfect gifts?  Well, no need to fret.  With funsherpa.com, there is no need to shop around and no need to know it all – they create a one-stop shop experience.  And even better, you will pay the same cost as if purchasing it directly from a vendor.  How does it work?  Funsherpa has identified three easy steps to giving amazing gifts – to finding your perfect New York Gifts.  First, choose an experience.  What does your friend like? Would they prefer to be a participant or to observe?  Would they like to relax, be inspired, be challenged or to experience it all?  Some of the categories of experiences include active, airborne, creative, getaways, groups, gourmet, romantic, spa and wellness, tours and exploration, water and winter. Once you have perused the options and chosen your experience, it is now as simple as giving the experience. You have the option of shipping your gift voucher via e-mail or in a luxurious gift box.  The last step is to have your friend redeem the experience at their convenience.

 

Seems simple enough?  Choose an experience – ship the voucher – redeem.  What about the price points?  What if you want that perfect New York Gift but don’t have an endless budget?  Not a problem.  One of the noticeable things in each of the experience categories is the range of activities and associated prices.  For example, one could take a stroll around magnificent nature reserves on horseback with a group of friends for as little as $75.  This includes a thorough 30-minute lesson and 60-minute ride.  Or if you prefer something a little more relaxed, another great New York Gift is a voucher to enjoy the most amazing galleries – starting as low as $40.  As New York is known as a melting pot of cultures, the art scene clearly reflects this diversity.  The city has 600+ galleries so the challenge won’t be in finding the perfect one, the challenge will be in finding only one perfect one.new york gifts

 

With the help of FunSherpa, you can be a complete novice about a location such as New York and still purchase the perfect New York gifts. They have done all the leg work and gathered the best of the best in one place – it is as simple as going through the categories, narrowing down your friends personality and passions, identifying your budget and with a click or two of the mouse, the perfect New York Gifts are on their way, soon to delight your friend.

Exploring Sydney, Australia

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By , September 6, 2013 12:13 am

With incredible beaches, great shopping, and an eclectic clubbing scene, Sydney is a must-see city for anyone visiting Australia.

While Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live, it can be a surprisingly affordable place to visit. This vibrant, multi-cultural city is full of things to see and do that won’t break the bank:

 

Take the ferry across to Manly Beach.

The ferry departs from Circular Quay and you’ll be relaxing on the beach in half an hour. This beach is one of the most popular in Australia, and filled to the brim with surfers and tourists. Spend some time learning to surf, or just relax and grab a drink in one of the many bars and restaurants.

 

Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge connects Sydney and North Sydney and there’s a large walkway for pedestrians. Take a camera, and make sure you stop halfway for incredible views of the Sydney Opera House.

 

Wander around the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Spread over thirty hectares and located in the middle of the city, the Royal Botanic Gardens have free guided walks daily at 10.30am from the Garden Shop. Take your time exploring the beautiful grounds (make sure you visit the Rose Garden), before enjoying a delicious lunch in the restaurant.

 

Grab a bargain in Chinatown.

Spend a day browsing the stores in Chinatown, and don’t forget to check out Paddy’s Market which is also close by. After a long day of walking around, enjoy some Chinese food on Dixon Street. Chinatown is also full of restaurants that stay open much later than others-making it the perfect place to swing by after a night dancing in the clubs.

 

Explore the Sydney Opera House.

It’s hard to think of Sydney without picturing the Opera House, so don’t forget to stop by and explore this World Heritage site. Doors open at 9am, so take a tour and learn about the history of the Opera House, or even better see show or performance here.

 

Walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte.

This is the most famous walk in Sydney, and for good reason. Keep an eye out for celebrities, and take your camera for excellent photo opportunities along the way. Expect to take around two hours, more if you’re stopping constantly (and you’ll want to), and take some water with you as it’s sure to be a sunny day.

Discovering San Diego

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By , August 14, 2013 1:52 am

San Diego is one of the most underrated cities on the West Coast. Only two hours from Los Angeles, many visitors to California pass it over in favor of visiting San Francisco, Las Vegas, and L.A.

This is a mistake though, as the city is diverse and laid-back, with plenty to see and do, tons of great bars on the beach, and excellent Mexican food.

 

Where to go:

Families should head to Sea World, where you’ll find Shamu the Killer Whale, and plenty of rides for the kids. Tickets start from $64 online, and you’ll want to make sure you get there early and beat the crowds.

San Diego Zoo is arguably the best zoo in America, so make sure you head up in the Gondola for an incredible view. You’ll find the zoo inside Balboa Park, but make sure you also visit the sprawling Safari Park as well.

Old Town is the Birthplace of California and is home to seventeen different museums, as well as the Whaley house-the most haunted house in America. Free walking tours are offered Wednesday to Sunday at 10am and 2pm, so take the time to explore and enjoy the original courthouse and schoolhouse, as well as many other landmarks.

Beach lovers will be spoilt for choice, as San Diego has some of the best around. Make sure you head to Coronado where you’ll find Hotel Del Coronado. This famous hotel has been a temporary home to many different presidents, so take a walk through and enjoy the collection of photos that celebrate the hotels remarkable history. The beach here was voted the best in America for a reason, so take a picnic and enjoy the sun.

Seaport Village is a good place to while away a Sunday afternoon and enjoy over fifty stores, outdoor entertainment, and plenty of choices for food. If you’re lucky the “bird man” will be there with his parrots and macaws, or you can get your palm read by one of the many “psychics”.

For some incredible scenery visit La Jolla which means “The Jewel”. This place truly is a jewel, and here you’ll find cute boutiques, award-winning restaurants, and some of the best photo opportunities in San Diego. Make sure you stop by Seal Rock, where you’ll see plenty of seals lounging on the sand, and some of the clearest water in California.

Wander through the Gaslamp Quarter, which is sixteen and a half blocks in the central city and home to plenty of art galleries, shops, restaurants, and Victorian architecture.

The young (and young at heart) will want to head to Mission Beach boardwalk, which is popular with street performers. Grab an ice-cream or try out the Giant Dipper-a 73-foot tall wooden rollercoaster. This area is popular at night, when the clubs open up and everyone parties near the beach.

Exploring Fiji

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By , August 6, 2013 2:10 pm

Located in the Pacific, four hours from Australia and three from New Zealand, Fiji is known as a “flop-and-drop” vacation destination. Spend some time here though, and you’ll soon see that there is plenty to do for the more adventurous traveler.

Getting there:

Air Pacific flights depart from Los Angeles direct into Nadi, and hopefully you can get some sleep as you’re looking at a flight time of almost 11 hours. Flights prices fluctuate from between $600 and $1200. From Nadi you can get a taxi or transfer to the Coral Coast or Denerau-where you can get ferry out to one of the other islands.

Where to go:

Stay away from the Coral Coast unless you’ve got kids. Located around two hours south of Nadi, this is where you’ll find all the “family friendly” resorts.

Denerau is a man-made island catering to those who want to lie by the pool reading a book, and this is where you’ll find the name-brand hotels such as the Sheraton, Radison and Westin. You won’t find the “postcard Fiji” here though, as the beaches are grey and the water murky.

Get off the beaten path by heading to the Yasawa Islands, where you’ll find other like-minded travelers and plenty of backpackers, as well as the white sand beaches Fiji is so famous for. Beachcomber Island is located in the Mamunaca Island group, it’s the place to go if you want to party and with dorm-style accommodation it won’t break the bank.

Why Fiji?

Fiji is one of the best places in the world for scuba diving. If you’re new to diving, or after a nice relaxing dive, check out the Yasawa’s or Mamunaca’s where there are less currents. You’ll be surrounded by plenty of hard coral, and you’re likely to see sharks and wrecks as well.

Head to the island of Kadavu to get up close to eagle and manta rays in the Great Astrolabe Reef-the fourth largest barrier reef in the world. The Great Sea Reef is located near the island of Vanua Levu and here you’ll find spinner dolphins, green turtles, and around 55% of the coral fish species in Fiji.

The surfing in Fiji is incredible, and surfing legend Kelly Slater is a fan, describing surfing here as “one of the most perfect waves that I have ever surfed”. White water rafting, snorkeling, parasailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, wakeboarding and sea kayaking are also extremely popular.

Activity to try: Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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By , August 3, 2013 8:32 am

If it’s a hot summer and you’re ready to try something different, let me introduce you to the fastest growing watersport in the world: stand-up paddleboarding (or SUP as the cool-kids call it). You don’t need any waves, in fact it’s better to begin on a river or lake, and it’s an activity the whole family can do.

Is Stand-Up Paddleboarding for me?

While you may worry about being uncoordinated, stand-up paddleboarding is much easier to learn than surfing, and you’ll probably feel surprisingly stable once you’re balanced in the middle of the board. Get an instructor to show you the basics, and make sure you start on a day with calm water and little wind.

The best thing about stand-up paddleboarding is you can tailor the workout for how you feel that day. Feeling tired or lazy? Simply float around and enjoy the sights. Feeling energetic and daring? Head out to the surf to really challenge yourself. Because you’re standing up, you’ll be treated to views that you wouldn’t usually see such as marine life and the horizon. It really is like walking on water.

What Kind of Workout can I Expect?

Stand-up paddleboarding delivers a killer low-impact workout, and targets almost every muscle in your body as you have to work hard to stay on the board. Your abs in particular get stronger every time you go out onto the water, and your arms will soon be toned from paddling.

Yogi’s have discovered stand up paddleboards as well, allowing them to have an even better workout, while the super-fit are doing everything from push-ups to lunges on theirs.

How do I get started?

Sign up for an introductory lesson so you can learn the basics. This will allow you to get a feel for the board and learn how to paddle without falling off. The instructor will be able to give you pointers on your technique so next time you can go out alone.

A paddleboard and paddle will set you back between $1000 and $2500. Borrow a few different boards and get a feel for them before you buy, and make sure you get a board with a strap so it’s easier to carry.

Stand-up Paddleboarding Tips:

  • Keep your feet shoulder width apart and parallel to spread your weight evenly over the board. Don’t make the mistake of putting one leg behind the other as your balance will suffer.
  • Your grip on the paddle should also be about shoulder width apart, allowing you to have the maximum amount of power in your stroke and get some leverage.
  • Keep your gaze on the horizon or at least make sure you’re not looking at your feet-that’s the best way to make sure you’ll end up in the water.
  • Keep the paddle in the water as much as you can, and don’t drag the paddle behind your feet.

Exploring Bali

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By , July 25, 2013 4:56 am

Ahh Bali. Gorgeous beaches, incredible nightlife, and of course the lovely Balinese people. While this Indonesian Island is a haven for backpackers, it’s also extremely popular for families and honeymooners, with something here for everyone.

Getting there:

Flights depart Los Angeles daily, with prices ranging from $1500 to $2500 return. Fly with a stopover in Brisbane with V Australia or take a Singapore Airlines flight which will stop in Singapore before flying on to Denpasar airport.

Grab a cab from the airport, and save a few dollars by exiting the airport and walking out to the road before flagging one down. Make sure the taxi driver puts the meter on.

Where to Stay:

Backpackers and those looking to party will want to stay in Kuta, which is the center of it all. While Kuta is overcrowded and traffic can be a nightmare, here you’ll find a plethora of restaurants and bars, although this isn’t the place to bring the kids.

Just outside of Kuta you’ll find Legian, and further down the beach is Seminyak. Legian is good for couples who want to be close to everything but a little further from all the partying, while Seminyak is excellent for families.

Anyone who’s watched Eat Pray Love will be familiar with Ubud, the cultural center of Bali. In Ubud you won’t find beaches and bars. Instead you’ll find yoga classes and retreats, and a chance to explore the cultural side of Bali. Ubud is surrounded by rice paddies and lush forests, and is a haven for writers, artists and yogis.

In the north, surrounded by black sand beaches and made up of seven different villages, you’ll find laidback Lovina. This is the place to stay if you’re after relaxed nightlife, snorkeling, hot springs, and gorgeous green gardens. Here you can truly wind down, far away from the tourist center of Kuta.

What to do:

Bali is full of things to do, so make sure you take advantage of a cheap massage before getting up close and personal with some cheeky monkeys in Monkey Forest. In Ubud you can explore the market, learn how to meditate, take a cooking class, or wander through the museums.

The adventurous can go scuba diving from the North or East Coast, or whitewater rafting down the Telaga Waja. Take a bike tour for a chance to see some of the countryside, or hire a scooter (just make sure you wear a helmet as the driving is crazy). Kids will love the Bali Safari and Marine Park, while adults will enjoy bartering with the locals at the markets before grabbing a drink and lying on the beach.

In Bali you will never be short of things to do, whether you’re after a relaxing holiday, a fun-filled adventure, or a cultural experience.

 

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