Monday, August 19, 2019

What's the difference between Where You Want To Be & Out of the Ordinary?

When we first launched Where You Want To Be in 2003, we were like 2 kids in a candy store.
Sure, it was hard work but for us, it was so much fun creating all those cool adventures. Then when Out of the Ordinary came along in 2015, that was a game changer when the two companies merged.

All of a sudden, people were asking "What's the difference between the two companies?" While it may seem like a simple question on the surface, it actually caused us to stop and really ask ourselves What's so special about each company and more importantly, why should people care?  To this day, people still ask us what's the difference so because of that, here's how we see it. 

Out of the Ordinary creates high energy Team Building GAMES like Team Olympics, Survivor and Charity Bike Builds.  Think wildly competitive and ridiculously FUN team challenges. OOO offers 40 + Team Building programs, so there's lots of cool options!  In case you're thinking "but I'm not athletic," don't worry. We practice "Challenge by Choice" and our goal is to NEVER make anyone feel uncomfortable, so we take extra care in creating activities for all fitness levels.

Where You Want To Be specializes in unique Team Building EXPERIENCES. In fact, our goal is to give you a life experience so memorable, that you'll say "I'm exactly where I want to be!"  Because we're all about showcasing "secret San Diego spots," all of our experiences take place in areas that are "off the beaten path."  You know, places where the locals hang out!

While our signature product (and most requested!) is still our Urban Challenge Scavenger Hunt,  some of our other innovative experiences include our Good Deeds Bus Experiment, Wellness Walks and Arts Alive. All of these experiences not only feature hidden areas, they focus on "building up" teams, so expect lots of good facilitation and takeaways.

For more information on ALL our unique Team Building Experiences, log onto our website at   For those of you who are more visual, check out our FAQ video by clicking HERE. 

Thanks for spending time with us.  Until we meet again...

Marc & Darlynne Menkin
Where You Want To Be

Marc & Darlynne Menkin are the co-owners of Where You Want To Be, a San Diego based company that specializes in fun team building EXPERIENCES and unique tours to hidden spots. Our adventures are all about lifting others up and bringing people to a better place. It's our hope that when you're with us, you'll experience the true meaning of ALOHA. 

A: Abundance - Living life to the fullest
L:  Laughter - The true meaning of JOY
O: Open Minded - Enjoying new experiences
H: Having Fun -  Embracing a child like spirit
A: Amazing Adventures - Creating memories

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Life is an adventure!

It's hard to believe that it's already August. How did that happen? It seems like it was just yesterday we all were sharing our New Year's resolutions. But here it is, late August and before you know it, the kids will be back in school and summer will be over. We can almost hear some of you groaning at this very thought!

But let's be honest. When you live in San Diego, summer is never really over. After all, we live in paradise and the weather is beautiful, year round.  For us, we especially love our balmy 72-degree weather because it's a perfect fit for what we do: creating unique Team Building Experiences.

We launched Where You Want To Be back in 2003 and since then, our programs have evolved. But this year, we've taken it to a whole new level as we've expanded our offerings and we're super excited! Our goal? To give you a life experience so memorable, you can't WAIT to come back for more. 

While our ever popular Urban Challenge Scavenger Hunts continue to be our signature product, we've added some very cool and innovative experiences like our Wellness Walks and  
Outdoor Meetings. The idea behind these new offerings allows us to show off 
"hidden San Diego spots" (which is what we're known for) while incorporating takeaways that will help strengthen your team.  

For example, Bridging the Gap is a unique experiential team bonding activity that gets your people talking and brainstorming together.  And to make it even more unique, our experienced guides/facilitators will walk you across 5 beautiful bridges, that serve as metaphors to the importance of "bridge building." 

If you want to engage your team but your time is limited (say you only have about 1 hour?), there's our fun Creative Ice Breakers  which can be used to either kick off your meeting OR at the end of the day, to energize your team after a long day of meetings.  For those who prefer to explore the city while getting in a little bit of exercise, you may want to check out our Rise & Shine Running Tour.

While we happily could go on & on about all our newly created experiences, the best way to get the low down is by checking out our new website!  We can be found at 
Thanks for spending time with us.  

Until we meet again...   

Happy Travels!

Marc & Darlynne Menkin
Where You Want To Be 

Marc & Darlynne Menkin are the co-owners of Where You Want To Be, a San Diego based company that specializes in fun team building EXPERIENCES and unique tours to hidden spots. Our sister company, Out of the Ordinary has been creating high energy, competitive Team Building GAMES since 1996. Both companies have received numerous awards including Best Team Building by Southern California Meetings & Events and Best Tour for Locals by San Diego Magazine. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Ideas for a Fun & Unique Date Night!

People always ask us what we love the most about our jobs. That's a tough question because there's so many things we absolutely adore about our company.  It's fun, creative and yes, we get to do it together!  But one thing we really like is our freedom to create and execute some really cool adventures. 

Then one day, we were talking to client who also did the adventure with his wife when the idea struck about teaming up and creating a fun "Couples Scavenger Hunt."  For 14 years, we've been creating these fabulous Urban Challenge Scavenger Hunt competitions as a corporate team building event. Over and over, we saw how it did wonders for promoting positive employee relationships. Why wouldn't it work for couples, whether they're married, engaged or in a serious relationship?   

If you've been searching for a fun date night, we'd love for you to join us!  We're currently offering several dates - all in very cool locations - and all are expected to fill up quickly.  

Make up your own team of 8 or join forces with others as you journey through Downtown San Diego. This is a perfect fit for a date night!

Throughout the adventure, teams will see all the latest & greatest additions in a cool neighborhood.

All adventures start at 10:30 AM and last until approximately 1:30PM
Fri Nov 10 (Veterans Day Holiday) Coronado - Near The Hotel Del
Sat Dec 2  La Jolla - Near Prospect Street
Sat Dec 23 Downtown San Diego/Gaslamp Quarter
Thurs Dec 28 La Jolla 
Sat Dec 30  Coronado
Mon Jan 1   Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter
Sat Jan 6 2018   Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter

This link also answers a lot of questions people have. FAQ s

Become a fan on our 2 facebook pages for updates and special offers...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

By Darlynne Reyes Menkin

It's a fact that all our friends know.  If you're going to hang with us, wear sneakers and be ready to walk!  While it's true we both love to walk, Marc is the one who really enjoys wandering around and getting lost in his thoughts. As a matter of fact, that's probably when he gets most of his creative ideas for our team building adventures. I'm pretty sure he came up with the entire route for our revised Gaslamp Scavenger Hunt during a walk along Windansea and a favorite secret beach in La Jolla!  For him, a walk along the beach is pure heaven and it always unlocks his mind and creative spirit.  So, it only seemed natural that when our good friend Lee Ann Kim told us how she likes to take silent walks with her staff, Marc was totally on board.  

Apparently, there's a whole new movement of people who enjoy doing these "silent walks." The concept is pretty simple -  you go on a walk with a group of people but you don't all. You just walk in silence - allowing your mind and body to relax and unwind.  In Lee Ann's case, they even take off their shoes so they can connect to Mother Nature.   Studies show that walking barefoot, also known as "earthing" has a number of health benefits such as reducing inflammation and improving sleep.  Who knew?

Of course, if you're like some people, you may be wondering -  "why not just walk alone if you want silence?"   Well, you could do that but walking by yourself is a totally different experience than walking with a group.
We are doing a Fitness Walk Adventure on several upcoming Saturdays & Mondays. We are requesting that all attendees be over 15. 
Rsvp today – The walks do have a limited capacity of 20 people.
Thursday May 25   530 PM – 7 PM
Tuesday May 29    530 PM – 7 PM
Saturday June 3   11 AM – 230 PM
Monday June 5   330 PM – 6 PM
Become a Fan on our two Facebook pages for other future dates.
   Taking in the sights & sounds at secret beach in San Diego
Walking in silence in a group provides solitude but there's a connection between the group members even though they're not talking.  Although I've never really thought about it, I do take in more when I'm on a walk and not talking.  I'm more likely to notice how wonderful the sun feels or how peaceful the waves sound as they crash along the rocks.  The next time you're feeling a little stressed, get a bunch of friends together and go on a "silent walk."   

Friday, September 23, 2016

Exploring San Diego aboard The Ali'i Kai!

It's no secret that San Diego is paradise. Whether you're a foodie, enjoy live music or prefer hiking in the mountains, there's so much to do here.  One of the things we absolutely love is the ocean. This week, we had the opportunity to go sailing, thanks to our good friends Keith and Irene.  They invited us to go sailing on The Ali'i Kai.   What a treat!

The Ali'i Kai is a beautiful Sail boat and Captain Betsy couldn't have been more gracious! We had 8 people on board so there was plenty of room to move around. Some of us even took a quick nap because it was so peaceful!

Captain Betsy took us on a 3-hour tour on the San Diego Bay. We had incredible views of Downtown San Diego, Coronado and the Coronado Bridge. It was breathtaking!  During our adventure, Captain Betsy also provided drinks and appetizers. Life was good!

If you're looking for something cool to do, we highly recommend this adventure. This time of the year is especially good because the weather is still warm but it's not as hectic since the busy, tourist season is over.  One thing's for sure... no matter how long we've lived here, we never get tired of this view!

Check out our fun video aboard The Ali'i Kai... go to our Facebook page and see all the awesome views!

Happy Travels!

Marc & Darlynne Menkin
Where You Want To Be Tours Inc.

Marc & Darlynne Menkin are the co-owners of Where You Want To Be Tours, a San Diego based company that specializes in fun team building Urban Challenge Scavenger Hunts and unique tours of hidden spots. Our sister company, Out of the Ordinary Group & Team Adventures, is an Award Winning Company that's known for offering customized team building programs like Survivor Team Challenge, Team Cooking Challenges, Sailing Regattas and much more!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sounds from California

By Jimmy Kelly

As a boy growing up in Buffalo, NY, I watched on TV as the Buffalo Bills played the San Diego Chargers in a very sunny place called Balboa Stadium (in January!).  With four feet of snow outside, I wondered, “Where is that place?”  The first time I heard “California Dreamin’,” I was going to college in Vermont.  I finally realized the Beach Boys were right - California was this magical place where people wore t-shirts in winter; lived under sunny blue skies all the time; everyone had blond hair; summer was endless; and everybody surfed instead of going to high school.  It may have taken me a while to get to California but that music sure kept me on the border.
Oh that music.  Songs about beaches.  The Pacific Ocean.  Girls.  Hot rods, woodies and Cadillacs.  Beach parties.  The sun and fun.  What freezing red blooded American kid worth his weight in sand could miss that calling?  California was no Fantasyland.  It was the real deal.  Teenagers never died there.  The California sound kept ‘em surfing, smiling, singing along, and not worrying, baby.  Taking it easy.  Forever tan.  Victims of Love, Mike.

But my life changed and so did the sounds coming from California.  I was drafted into the Army and Vietnam was calling.  An invasion was underway.  The California Sound never liked Vietnam.  It did not like soldiers dying.  It did not know what we were fighting for.  It did not like politics or politicians who wanted us there.  Ask Joan Baez.  And it wanted us to wear flowers in our hair.  California Sound became free speech with harmony.  Peaceful and easy.  It was a revolution of music, culture and minds.  All were taken to a new and altered state. 
Once out of the Army, and living life in the 70’s, California Sound got serious.  Creedence.  Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.  Eagles.  Jackson Browne.  Grateful Dead.  This was not for adolescents. This was adult stuff.  Life in the fast lane.  Or was it still peaceful and easy?  I could not keep up.  But thank God our favorite old troubadours kept troubadouring.  California was keeping its promises.

Then, the 80’s rolled into town like thunder, and the times, they were a changin’ again.  Sure, some of our heroes stuck around – but it was slim pickin’ on the branches of the California Sound tree.  So we reached out to Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Carol King and Bruce Springsteen to stay alive.  Where did all those flowers, acoustic guitars and protest lyrics go?  And why were boys and girls wearing spandex trousers up on those same stages?  I sure can’t tell you why.
Then in the 90’s the worst thing of all happened.  I turned into my father.  Here is the proof.  I uttered the following statements:  “When did music get so loud?”  “I can’t understand a word of that song.”  “Can’t they turn down the bass?”  My father used to say those same things about…California Sound.  This couldn’t be happening.  Music requires an open mind.  But disco, rap and lip sync at the beach?  C’mon man.  Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, what happened?

Then I finally landed on the sea shores of old San Diego.  Any my first discovery?  California Sound.  Any evening or weekend, you could travel to bars in the Gaslamp, North Park, East Village, OB, PB, IB, and Chula Vista or take a trip out to the Casinos, and there it was.  I’m talking Gary Seiler, Jerry Gontang, Joe Rathburn, Taylor Harvey, Rob Mehl, Eve Selis, and John Bowe.  Buffed Out, Coco Loco, Stars on the Water, and Coast Riders.  Occasional visits from Jim Morris, Sunny Jim, Mark Mulligan, and Hugo Duarte.  Add Tim Flannery to the list.  Even the great architect of California Sound, Jack Tempchin, was living in America’s Finest City.  Ladies and gentlemen, we were right back where we started from.  Eagles.  CSN&Y, and…drum roll please…Beach Boys.  Even some Buffett, Beatles, Alan Jackson, Don McLean, Mamas & Papas, CCR, and Billy Joel.  Hey it’s good to be back home again.
I’m older than that now.  No longer the new kid in town.  I still hear Elvis, Ricky, Janis, Jimi, and Mama Cass in the background.  The hotel is still here, but Glenn Frey is not.  Uncle John’s band misses its leader.  Balboa Stadium is now a high school track.  America’s oldest teenager passed on.  Prince is gone.  David Bowie is gone.  I just don’t know about Brian Wilson anymore.  Some of the mothers and fathers who invented the California Sound have sailed on.  But I still head for the Southern California beach bars to hear them all again.  And again. 
And, dear friends and neighbors I have more good news.  Every song ever recorded has been “digitized.”  Our creators, makers and synthesizers have rightly, some wrongly, preserved forever California music.  Just a few strokes away on the keyboards of our devices.  And our devices are many.  So whenever the urge to hear All Summer Long, Cherish, Young Girl, or Happy Together strikes – just drop out with wireless headphones, tune in to Pandora, and turn on the Eagles channel.  Still the same old girls, flowers and songs they used to be.  Rock on.  (Gently.)
            If you want to dive in and explore more about San Diego’s musical past and present, contact Marc and Darlynne at Where You Want To Be. It is all happening in sunny San Diego.  You’ll be glad all over.  I wish you peace. 

Editors Note- Jim Kelly lives in Florida with his wife Val. 
(Some information for this article provided by Gary Seiler.)