Hunting and Gatherering
FlipHunt? TwitDash? Are those names of fireworks? Dude, that is soooo two days ago. Actually, they're names of hunts. As in scavenger hunts. As in the hottest tourist activity to hit Beantown since the Freedom Trail. As in our man Chris Damianakos' company, Cashunt.
Cashunt is a turbo-charged Amazing Race-style treasure hunt that propels players all over the city in search of hidden clues and sweet victory. Ranked as the second most popular tourist attraction in TripAdvisor, Cashunt is a cash cow. Not bad for a former wedding planner who stumbled upon the concept during a trip in Greece, where he encountered a tour group organizing a scavenger hunt. “I can do this,” Chris thought. “And a whole lot better than them.” Ka-ching.
That was ten years ago, and — guess what? — he’s not ordering wedding cakes anymore. He’s planting a gold coin in a crevice on Tremont Street, stashing a picture underneath the arm of the Mayor Curley statue in Faneuil Hall, and gift-wrapping prizes for some lucky son-of-a-gun. Corporate trips, bachelor parties, birthdays, kid outings…the reasons for bringing a group together are endless. The benefits of bringing a group together are delightful. Players strategize, delegate, and improvise, practicing skills that can add major fringe benefits to a fun afternoon.
It’s a level playing field, Chris says, a fun way to meet strangers (be prepared to ask more than one random passerby in a desperate plea for help), and an offbeat look at Boston’s sites for both tourists and residents. Best of all? The whole hunt is captured with photographs and video, so it sure has more staying power any Fourth of July fireworks show.