Before 2012 came to a close, I swam with sharks. Granted, I didn’t get in a cage, in the wild, surrounded by Great Whites; instead, I dove 8 feet deep, holding the hands of certified divers, and swam among sweet reef sharks at Arizona’s Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium. Lucky for me, I know people who know people, so I was fortunate enough to land the behind-the-scene swim.
Why did I do it? Well, I wanted to check something off my bucket list before entering 2013. It’s a new resolution of mine: doing annual out-of-the-box, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. You only only live once, right?!
Also on my bucket list: going to a Super Bowl, traveling far far away, hanging with celebs, and attending A-list events like award shows, global Fashion Weeks, and amazing film festivals. That’s why GoViva.com caught my eye.
Like many business owners looking for some PR, GoViva.com President Robert Tuchman reached out to me, suggesting I feature his latest endeavor. Sometimes I overlook these types of media-hungry e-mails, but there was just something about Robert and his company that made me want to research his biz. Glad I did too, because his online baby is right up my alley.
Consider Robert’s GoViva.com a virtual source for unique, exclusive, and totally cool lifestyle and travel packages. Think of it this way. Instead of scalping a thousand dollar ticket to the Super Bowl, if you book through GoViva.com, you’d attend the game, sit with Joe Montana, stand on the field during the trophy ceremony, and end your night at the private Maxim party. Catch my drift? Robert takes every day bucket-list-type experiences and packages them to be more fabulous than they already are. He offers an array of options in the areas of sporting events, entertainment, activities, fashion, food, wine, film, celebrities,…you name it.
But before I highlight some of the amazing packages available for a pretty penny, let’s talk about Robert, proving he has a legit background and an impressive rolodex.
In 1997, the male entrepreneur founded TSE Sports & Entertainment, a marketing company that was ultimately named to the Inc. 500, Promotion 100, and Special Event 50 lists on multiple occasions. It was eventually sold to a private equity firm that operated in both the United States and Europe.
During Robert’s tenure with his former marketing company, he worked with a handful of big name personalities like Charles Barkley, Terry Bradshaw, Clarence Clemons, Greg Kinear, Rick Bayless, and Eric Ripert. As a result, he developed celebrity relationships, now coming in quite handy.
In 2011, Robert ditched the corporate world to pour TLC into GoViva.com, and in 2012, he launched the savvy site. His love for sports inspired the start of his business; in fact, Robert is the author of “100 Sporting Events You Must See Live,” a book he uses to create GoViva.com packages. (And by the way, his personal top ten list includes: The Kentucky Derby, The Masters, any given World Cup, an Olympics, Wimbledon, the Stanley Cup Finals, the Super Bowl, a Yankees versus Red Sox game, a Final Four competition, and a Duke versus North Carolina basketball tournament. He’s been to all of them except Duke vs NC.)
“My absolute favorite was attending Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals at Madison Square Garden,” says Robert. “Going to the 2008 Super Bowl in Arizona with my father in-law, a die hard Giants fan, was another awesome experience.”
Obviously the guy knows how to have fun and live life to the fullest.
And so New York City-based Robert decided to spread his adventurous spirit by starting GoViva.com. After witnessing the 9-11 tragedy, he was adamant about taking advantage of the precious present, and encouraging others to do the same.
GoViva.com offers packages at about $1,000, but these babies can also exceed $10,000…per person. Here are some desirable examples.
If you’re a big soccer fan, you’ll love this…especially if you also love partying in Brazil. For $8,745, you can book a GoViva.com World Cup package including five nights deluxe accommodations, tickets for selected matches, a soccer superstar meet and greet, a half-day guided tour, a personal Brazilian support staff, daily breakfast, and all airport transfers. Start saving now for the summer 2014 excursion.
But if you prefer food over sports, you might want to book a more affordable package: “Cooking up Trouble with ‘Top Chef’ Tre Wilcox,” coming in at $1,100 per person. This Texas-based package includes two nights at the Magnolia Hotel Dallas, a VIP four course dinner at The Marquee Grill, an intimate live cooking demonstration by the celebrity chef, and all airport and event transfers, taxes, and gratuity. Is your mouth watering?
Or how about this one, dedicated to all my fellow fashionistas: a New York Mercedes Benz Fashion Week getaway. For $4,480 per person, you’ll score three nights deluxe hotel accommodations at the Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC, tickets to two Fashion Week shows, tickets to a Broadway show of your choice, and daily breakfast. I only wish the runway clothes were included…
And here’s another for all you golf-loving guys: a dream journey to Scotland’s greatest links. For $7,170, you’ll get seven nights exquisite hotel accommodations and six rounds of championship golf on the area’s most famous courses (the PGA Centenary Course, the Castle Stuart, the Royal Dornoch, the Castle Course, the Old Course, and the Kingsbarns).
The website also showcases dream vacations to the 2013 Country Music Awards; a Hawaii-based trip learning how to surf with the pros; going on a culinary tour in Thailand; and diving in the Komodo Islands off your luxury Samata yacht…for $20,627. Tempted?
You can reserve your fantasy directly on the site, or call a GoViva.com event specialist–they book your entire trip and handle all questions and concerns throughout the package planning process. And a lot of people seem to be jumping on the GoViva.com bandwagon; despite the state of the economy, Robert says business is booming, especially because he’s already received props from The New York Times, Forbes Magazine, ESPN, CNN, and FOX-TV.
“So many celebrities are reaching out to us because they want to create and offer unique experiences. We also have celebrity clients; we work with a ton of athletes and actors. GoViva.com takes the stress out of planning a dream vacation…all you have to do is show up,” says Robert.
Sounds easy, painless, and frivolously wonderful. Consider GoViva.com your bucket list concierge.