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September 2016

Flying Experiences
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Why You Should Invest in Experiences Rather Than Things

cool_beer_tour_001Most people spend money they don’t have to buy things they will use but once. Think about the outfits you have only worn once, the gadgets that are gathering dust and the expensive art sitting in the home you’re hardly ever spending time in, because you have to work hard to pay back the credit card debt. Or the expensive car you can only afford to use for your commute to work and back. Alright, perhaps that’s all a bit extreme, but you get my gist.

We’re all in a perpetual pursuit of happiness. We think that things will make us happy. But think back on your three happiest moments and you’ll find that, for the most part, they had to do with things you’ve experienced, and not stuff you bought. It is experiences that we remember, not things.

It’s fair to assume that a physical object lasts longer than a once-off experience. However, according to Dr. Thomas Gilovich, psychology professor at Cornell University, that is a flawed assumption. Dr. Gilovich says that we are happy with things until the novelty wears off and we adapt to having them in our lives. He says that we’d be better off investing our money into experiences, such as sunset boat cruises, learning to make beer or tandem paragliding.

Then why does it feel so good to spend money on things?

cruiseThe Easterlin paradox found that money buys happiness, up to a certain points. However, adaptation affects happiness. In his research, Dr. Gilovich found that people reported feeling about the same amount of happiness when they purchased material or experiential items. However, as time went by, the people reported decreased satisfaction with the material items, and increased satisfaction with the experiences they bought.

Why You Should Buy Experience Gifts

Whereas the novelty of a material item that is always closeby wears off, an unusual experience leaves you hankering for more, thus becoming ingrained in our identity. Thus, experiences become a part of who we are.

Shared experiences are particularly helpful in connecting us to other people. You’re much more likely to feel connected after taking a scenic helicopter flight with someone than you would with someone who also bought a new rug. Experiences become the stories we tell for years to come; the events we relive and bond over.

In a recent article in Experimental Social Psychology, Dr. Golovich and his co-author, Amit Kumar wrote: “By shifting the investments that societies make and the policies they pursue, they can steer large populations to the kinds of experiential pursuits that promote greater happiness.”

Therefore, it makes sense to consider investing in experiences, rather than things when you’re faced with the dilemma as to what gift to buy your spouse, your child, or your employees. Buy them an experience that will become a part of their psyche – a gift that keeps on giving.

#ExperienceGifts #GiftIdeas #ActivityGifts

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When the Ordinary Won’t Suffice, the Sky’s the Limit

VIP Sky Dining for Date Night, Team Building, Rewards and Loyalty Vouchers

Few things compare to the excitement of sky events and nothing impacts like sky dining to make a lasting impression. An experience unlike any other, sky dining removes the hustle and bustle of a busy restaurant and the distraction of sounds and movement to give diners the opportunity to truly connect over a delightful meal in an intimate and highly unusual setting, suspended up to 60 metres above the ground.

Not only will you experience your surroundings from a unique vantage point, but it will make remind diners that the sky truly is the limit – a fantastic message for your next team building event!

Sky Dining Packages for Every Occasion

20160130_093319_9m66-r7Whether you want to make an impact with breakfast in the sky, do something memorable by treating someone special to lunch in the sky, or even wine and dine your lover with a romantic dinner in the sky on date night, you can now do so with a range of exciting sky dining packages.

Hosted at the Higher Ground Restaurant inside St. Stithians College in Bryanston, this hosted table accommodates only 22 adults and three crew members at a time.

  • No weight limits apply, and you can rest assured that the equipment meets the highest safety standards, and operators are fully licensed.
  • The Sky Dining table offers a cash bar and vegetarian packages are available on request. Please specify your preference when booking your seat.
  • Need to powder your nose? No problem! You will be lowered to the ground so that you can use the restaurant’s facilities.
  • All bookings are weather dependent, and if your session is cancelled due to the conditions, it will be moved forward to a time that suits you, at no cost to you.
  • Menus may vary slightly from the examples below.
  • Sky Dining takes place most Saturdays at the times specified below.20160130_093239_ooko-26

Breakfast in the Sky – 09h00 or 10h15 (45 minutes)

There’s no better way to start your day than with breakfast in the sky. Whether you decide to enjoy breakfast before a round of golf, or as a special treat on Bosses Day or Secretaries Day, your breakfast guests will be delighted with a scrumptious breakfast menu, including:

Seasonal Fruit, Muesli and Yogurt Verrines topped with Natural Honey

Baskets of Muffins

A Breakfast Wrap filled with Scrambled Egg, Bacon and Mushrooms, napped with a Tomato Relish accompanied by a Sausage Pinwheel

Filter Coffee/Tea Selection

*Menu may vary slightly from this example.

*Vegetarian options available. Please request on booking.

Seats are limited. Book your breakfast in the sky now.

Lunch in the Sky – 11h30; 13h00 or 14h30 (60 minutes) 2013-02-14_19-00-20

Thanks to the Bucket List Genie, you never have to run out of team building ideas ever again. Sky dining has become one of the most popular packages booked for staff incentives and rewards and loyalty vouchers in South Africa, as it offers such a unique setting and unusual experience. Lunch in the Sky is a fantastic staff incentive to honour your team’s hard work over a delectable two-course meal.

Main course

Stuffed chicken breast: Grilled chicken breast stuffed with creamy feta, Kalamata olives and sundried tomatoes, drizzled with basil cream sauce, served with potato wedges and grilled seasonal vegetables

Dessert

Crème brûlée

*Menu may vary slightly from this example.

*Vegetarian options available. Please request on booking.

Seats are limited. Book your lunch in the sky now.

Dinner in the Sky – 17h30 or 19h30 (90 minutes)

Run out of date night ideas? If you have been promising your lover the moon and stars, it is time to put your money where your mouth is. Now you don’t have to run out of romantic ideas again, as dinner in the sky is hard to top when it comes to dinner_in_the_sky_14_id4d-06date night. Few things are as romantic and unusual as dangling up to 60 metres above the ground while enjoying a dazzling three-course plated dinner.

Starter

Salmon Stacker: Smoked salmon, tomato, avocado (seasonal), capers drizzled with a dill crème fraiche, served with homemade flatbread.

Main Course

Beef fillet tower: Medallions served with garlic snails, potato croquettes and seasonal grilled vegetables

                                                Dessert

                                               Crème brûlée

                                                                                *Menu may vary slightly from this example.

                                                                                    *Vegetarian options available. Please request on booking.

Seats are limited. Book your dinner in the sky now.

#DateNightIdeas #TeamBuilding #LoyaltyGifts

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Date Night Experiences
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5 Experiences to Woo Your Lover in Gauteng

Whether you’re planning on traveling to Gauteng, South Africa, or whether you have lived in Jozi all your life, you may find yourself at a loss for things to do to show your lover just how much he or she means to you.  Not to worry – we have you covered with some exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that will engrave you into your lover’s heart forever.

They say that you shouldn’t marry someone before you have gone on a road trip together, because getting lost together is a great way to know one another. Well, these experiences are much more fun than a simple road trip, and they provide great opportunities to get to know your beau. Let’s take a look at our top 5 experiences for couples in Gauteng.

1. Limo & Dinner in the Sky for Two

Love him or her to the moon and back? Then why not enjoy a scrumptious Dinner in the Sky? The Sky Table is suspended 60 metres into the sky by crane and accommodates 22 diners around the table and three staff – a chef, waiter and entertainer – in the middle. Find out more…

2. Scenic Night Flight over Johannesburg for Four

What better way to introduce your loved one to your closest friends and the Johannesburg nightlife than with a scenic night flight over Johannesburg? The flight will depart from Rand Airport and take you over the Johannesburg CBD, Sandton City, Mandela Bridge and Soccer City to experience the golden nightlights of the city from a brand new perspective. Find out more…

3. Introduction to Ballroom Dancing for Two

Get the blood pumping and learn a new skill with 16 hours of ballroom and Latin American dancing. Learning something new together (or dusting of your dancing shoes after a few years of inactivity) is a great way to connect and Latin American dancing with its thumping rhythm is infused with passion, romance and intrigue. Best of all – it’s an experience that can open doors to many years of fun experiences and social opportunities. Find out more…

4. Overnight & Hot Air Balloon Flight for Two

Being proposed to on a hot air balloon flight over the African savannas, is pretty much on every girl’s bucket list. Whether you’ve missed the opportunity to propose and you’ve already been married forever, or whether you’re just visiting South Africa and want to take in the breathtaking views – don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy an hour-long hot air balloon experience over Gauteng. Find out more…

5. Discover Scuba Diving Experience

If your partner leaves you breathless, you may as well invest in a scuba diving experience. This exhilarating experience allows you to breathe underwater while you learn some basic skills under professional guidance. Yet another experience for the books! Find out more….

There you have it! 5 mind-blowing things to do in Johannesburg and surrounds. Now you have no excuses to woo your lover.

#DateNightIdeas #JohannesburgGiftExperiences #RomanticExperiences

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Activity Gift Vouchers

Activity Vouchers are quite possibly the best invention ever discovered.  And from what I have heard it was born purely from a space of need.

The story goes that there was this little girl (or teenager, who knows) who had to find something to gift her Dad for his birthday.  She wracked her brains and tried her best but just couldn’t come up with a sensible gift for Dad.  Lets face it, we all get extremely tired of walking aimlessly through the shops and eventually buying the most boring gift for Dad or gifts for men for that matter.  Eventually one somehow lands up giving the man in your life a pair of socks and some cheezy looking tie!  And so because she was fed up with buying her Dad the same old gift every year, she decided to be original.  She found a beautiful box and inside the box she made a stunning voucher.  The voucher was not for cash to spend at his favourite man shop (on golf balls perhaps) but was for him to enjoy an activity voucher of sorts.  If my memory is correct, it was a Tiger Moth Vintage flight voucher that she created for him.  Now imagine his surprise when he opened the box, expecting to find another packet of sweets or his favourite pen, but instead he found an activity voucher which blew him away.  Activity vouchers are so unique to gift as extraordinary gifts.  They are guaranteed to result in some very interesting responses all of which are will make you feel a sense of amazingness all-round.

For me, the Bucket List Genie, the online gift store that I have is essentially my bucket list online.  So activity vouchers are a bit like giving someone a gift from their bucket list. We all know what a bucket list is (or a wish list) and I cannot think of a greater gift to give someone than an activity voucher directly from their bucket list. If they don’t have a bucket list (which is mandatory) then an activity voucher is the perfect way to encourage them to think about having one.

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Fishing Trips in South Africa

South Africa is blessed with so many interesting activities to enjoy and because our beautiful country is surrounded by coastline it goes without saying that fishing trips in South Africa make for an interesting day out that you cannot book to enjoy when traveling to many other places.

There are so many different types of fishing trips in South Africa on offer.  One can enjoy shore fishing which is when you stand on the shore and fish from the rocks. This looks cool but my worry is always that perhaps a wave will come and wash you off the rocks.  We also offer deep sea fishing trips in South Africa whereby you are taken out on a very modern and well kitted out boat.  Here the skipper and his crew will provide you with everything that you need.  All your equipment is included to include tackle, rods, bait and of course a lovely large cooler box of cold beer.  Deep sea game fishing are definitely the most popular fishing trips in South Africa and I’ve always admired any photo that I see of a fisherman holding his prized catch.

Some of the game fish can put up quite a fight so my assumption (as a girl) would be that you need to be quite strong and manly in order to hold onto your rod while the fish is fighting until it gets tired and pulled out the water. I’ve always wanted to try a fishing trip in South Africa, I live here and have never done this before so I should probably try it before advising others just how amazing it really is. I’ve always wondering what it feels like as you are reeling in the fish and the excitement one must feel as the fish eventually comes out of the sea. It’s a bit like a prize catch and something that you can be proud of. Fishing for me is allot similar to how life works. You keep throwing your line out there in the hope to reel in a good catch. The good catch can be anything from excellent exam results, the house of your dreams, the partner of your dreams or any other opportunity that you are looking to catch.

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Wine Tasting Experiences
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Wine Experience Gifts

When I’m looking to purchase gifts for the special people in my life, I always consider buying couples gifts.  It makes more sense and can sometimes be more affordable.  We all like to do something with our partner and wine experiences are something that everyone can enjoy.  So when we think of wine experiences, I can only quickly think of wine tasting which after a while can become very intoxicating and also a bit drab and unoriginal.

It’s very hard to package a wine experience to include wine tasting only and so I’ve been on the hunt to find other wine experiences that my clients would enjoy.  I actually found so many which amazed me.  I’m often blown away by how many different ideas we can come up with when focusing on one concept which in this case are wine experience gifts.  One can enjoy wine tasting with cheese pairing, my sister has even enjoyed wine tasting with soups (offered in winter by one of Cape Town’s top wine estates).  I never thought that a wine experience could include soup but there is such a thing and it’s great.  Then we all know about wine tasting with the pairing of chocolate or wine tasting with food pairing which is by far the most popular.  I was told about the wine tram experience in the Winelands which I’m proud to report my clients can now enjoy.

A wine experience gift is also about learning about the wines, the different types of wines, how they are made, the vineyards, the hazards and all the intricacies that go with the processing and manufacturing of wine.  I’m starting to think that wine can be paired beautifully with any type of substance.  I haven’t heard of curry and wine tasting but who knows that’ll probably be the next unbelievable wine experience gift that one can buy.

The great thing about wine in general is that as long as you are over the age of 18, I cannot think of any adult who doesn’t actually like wine.  So if you’re stuck for the perfect activity gift, then perhaps consider a wine experience gifts for the person or couple whom you are looking to treat.

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Helicopter Ride Gift Experience

If you are looking to purchase something truly unique for someone special then the helicopter ride gift experience could be exactly what you are looking for.  It goes without saying that ideal gifts for men are the hardest to purchase for which is why gift experiences make for the ideal gift.  Generally men have everything they want, from gadgets to gizmos gifts or book gifts.  When one runs out of ideas its worth considering the helicopter ride as an ideal option to gift the man in your life (or anyone for that matter).

Flights take place from the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.  Your lucky gift recipient will arrive and sign an indemnity form after which they will make their way to the heli-pad before they are strapped into the chopper and briefed before take-off.  I am yet to meet anyone who doesn’t have a helicopter ride as an item on their bucket list.  In fact enjoying a helicopter ride is a dream come true for practically everyone.  There are different durations that you can choose from with the most popular being the 15 minute ‘Hopper Ride’.  If you’d prefer a longer helicopter ride you could opt for the 20 minute, 40 minute or 60 minute ride.  The helicopter ride gift experience for 15 minutes takes in the best of what Cape Town has to offer.  Here you will enjoy the most spectacular scenery you can imagine.  With take-off from the V&A Waterfront and a circular around the Cape Town city centre then off towards our famous Table Mountain and along the spectacular coastline to include millionaire’s mile over Camps Bay, Clifton, Green Point and beyond. The taster flight offers more than enough time for clients to take special pictures and the chopper is perfectly designed so that the passenger feels as though they are surrounded by glass which enhances the sensation of openness and visibility.

So if you are struggling to find that perfect gift for someone then perhaps its worth considering the helicopter ride gift experience as the most appropriate option.  The best part of gift giving is enjoying the gift recipients reaction and this gift is sure to give you the results that you want.

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Adventure Birthday Gift Experiences for Young Men

When boys reach adolescence, they tend to start tugging at the invisible protective layers we as mothers wrap around them. It starts with creating physical space in order to avoid motherly kisses, while demands for more freedom become a daily battle. It is hard to let go, but they have to eventually learn to become more independent.

Adventure experiences are a great way to make your little boy feel MiddlePagelike the man he sees in the mirror, while still providing you with all the peace of mind your mother heart craves. Better yet, you can hover nearby under the guise of taking pictures…

Whether it is a milestone birthday, or just because, there are many safe ways to provide your son with plenty adventure and a huge confidence boost to boot. When you book an adventure through Celestial Gift Experiences, you can rest assured that it carries The Bucket List Genie’s stamp of approval. Being a mother, you can trust her to only list safe adventures run by accredited, licensed operators who meet safety regulations.

Of course, you should always check whether your son meets the age and size requirements for the specific adventure.

Here are some of the coolest adventures for your son:

5km Table Mountain Scootour – Explore the mountain and enjoy spectacular views of the harbour, ocean and city on this guided scooter tour.

Flight Simulator and Intro Flight – Every little boy dreams of becoming a pilot and now you can make it a reality with this flight simulator training, tour to Fire and Rescue Services, and Air Traffic Control, as well as a 30 minute actual introductory flight on-board a Cessna 172.

Private Speedboat Cruise – Let him choose his three best friends and book an adrenaline-fueled speedboat cruise on Hartbeespoort Dam.

Introductory Microlight Flight – This affordable adventure is a great way to get a new perspective of your surroundings, but also an excellent opportunity to learn how to handle a microlight.Fotolia_82455117_XS

If you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to win your big little hero’s heart, this is your opportunity! Book an adventure birthday experience today!

 

#GiftsForMen #ActivityGiftVouchers #GiftExperience

 

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5 Must-Do Adventures On Your Trip to South Africa

Situated on the southernmost tip of Africa, South Africa has several distinct ecosystems that make for a country with incredible natural beauty. But there’s more to our country than just the Garden Route’s lagoons and forests, the Cape of Good Hope’s craggy cliffs, wild beaches, and the flat-topped Table Mountain. The diverse terrain creates fantastic opportunities for great adventures and unique experiences. It’s no wonder tourists flock to our country.

Top 5 South African Adventures: Must-See Tourist Attractions

Most tourists make a point of visiting the Kruger National Park, Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain, Robben Islandexperience-1545416 and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, which is a great start. However, there are some adventures that are just not as easy to find on your own. That’s why The Bucket List Genie gives you exclusive access to the top 5 South African Adventures.

1. Microlight Fly-In with Private Game Drive

Fly into Mongena Game Lodge for an exhilarating Big 5 game game drive.

2. Light Aircraft Self-Fly

Experience the exhilaration of flight with this awesome opportunity to not only see a spectacular part of South Africa from the sky, but to actually control an aircraft!

3. Power Kite Buggying

If you’re looking for an adrenaline-fuelled activity that takes you back to your childhood, there’s nothing better than zipping across the beach on a three-wheeled cart, powered by the wind.

4. Combat Mission Gyrocopter Flight

Imagine seeing Cape Town from the sky while riding a superbike with wings. This description may sound like a young boy’s dreams, but it’s actually available, and it includes safe, fun aerobatic maneuvers.

5. Flyboard Experience

Put on your jet-powered water boots and fly up to 15 m (49ft) high, or dive headlong down to 2.5 (8ft) into the water with the ultimate flyboard experience. flyboard_002_2xxs-5p

South Africa’s excellent climate and spirit for adventure makes it a great place in which to create lasting memories. Try these or any of the many other experiences on your next trip!

#ActivitiesInSouthAfrica #SouthAfricanTravelExperiences #ExperienceGiftsSouthAfrica

 

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