Healing Power of Silent Walking

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. 
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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 talk…at 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.

Walking in silence in a group provides solitude but there’s a connection between the group members even though they’re not talking.  Although we’ve never really thought about it, we do take in more when we’re on a walk and not talking.  We’re 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.

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Customer Reviews

Patti G, YMCA

Marc’s excellent leadership in helping organize a tour to help emphasize customer service skills through Where You Want to Be Tours was just the ticket for our staff looking for a alternative fun atmosphere to learn and enjoy the value of good customer service. I have known and worked with both Marc and Darlynne for many years and always found their enthusiasm for San Diego refreshing and inspiring. Most importantly our staff did too as evidence by the great evaluations we received from our time spent together!


Thank you so much for an outstanding event. The photo album and CDs arrived. The pictures look great “


Marc is someone I always enjoy doing business with. He approaches work as something that can be fun, which makes him a natural tour professional. I am a lifelong San Diegan and Marc opened my eyes through his great programs to aspects of my hometown I never knew existed.”

John D, San Diego AD Club

I have worked with Marc in several capacities. All turned out to be profitable experiences and provided high, quality marketing and Public Relations exposure for me. Marc and his wife Darlynne participate in a radio and television program that we conducted from Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu. Their accurate and exciting reports from the Resort created business for us as well as media impressions that are directly attributable to our relationship. I have also participated in and had my employees and coworkers participate in their San Diego Scavenger Hunts. They are great team building exercises, but for me I wanted to learn more about the neighborhoods that I was selling products in. I had my team do them to learn about the businesses in the tour areas and also for our Editorial team to learn about the current situation and past histories of the neighborhoods. I highly recommend both Marc and Darylene in any professional capacity. They are truly qualified people and as a bonus amongst the most pleasant people I have ever worked with.

Scott B, Daimler Trucks North America

Once again your team did an amazing job and our participants loved it.”


How does this sound: the sun is beginning to set, the air is fresh and cool, and you can casually stroll with a small group and enjoy finding things hidden from every day view. It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon relaxing and moving around, and also a great way to entertain visitors with a tourist event that all will enjoy. The walks are designed to fit the aerobic abilities of all, they are easy jaunts on level ground but you will be surprised at the end how far you have managed to easily walk. This is a great way to spend a few hours meeting new people, visiting new places and falling in love with San Diego all over again.“

Amber B, UCSD

Thank you so much for everything!! The staff loved it and it was just what we needed to kick off the year! You two have been fantastic to work with and I hope we can work together again soon!!!”

Bay H, Meeting Planner

Darlynne, Marc and the entire team at Where You Want To Be Tours exemplifies the true spirit of San Diego & Southern California. Their tours are unique and fantastically fun. The tour guide are hospitable, full of energy and very informative about the history and culture of our wonderful city. No matter your group size or demographic, Where you want to be can create an experience that is fulfilling for each participant.

Reggie Parks, Food & Beverage Manager, MARRIOTT

Darlynne is exacty what San Diego needs. She is a wonderful ambassador for the city and the region. Her work at Where You Want To Be Tours showcases the very best of what San Diego has to offer and she does it with class and professionalism.”


Marc and Darlynne Menkin started Where You Want to Be Tours several years ago, and their business has just blossomed! I’ve used them on many occasions, to take clients and colleagues on tours and scavenger hunts. They know San Diego inside out, and love sharing their secret spots, whether on foot or on a double decker bus. They drop the K and keep the F….U….N!”