Have you ever sat on the sofa watching The Amazing Race and said, “I could do that!”? Well, here is your chance! For US$9,900 per person, 25 couples will compete in the sixth annual three-week international travel adventure competition, known as The Global Scavenger Hunt. They will embark from Los Angeles on 9 April 2010 and head for New York. But instead of traveling East, they will head West, visiting at least 10 nations while circumnavigating the globe. Participants will not be informed ahead of time what the actual stops will be.
“We had some good chuckles at the World Travel Market in London last week,” says Event Director William D. Chalmers. “The challenge has been made that’s for sure. Travel agents always claim that they are the best travelers, but someone in London observed that they were more a kin to high school guidance counselors – that they are good at telling you where to go, but have never personally been there themselves! We’ve had some wonderful travel writers compete in previous events thinking they were the great travelers – but this is no [familiarization] trip, no press junket. The Global Scavenger Hunt is a serious competition, and they all seemed to wilt under the marathon-like pressure of actually having to do competition scavenges themselves.”
The Global Scavenger Hunt was launched in 2000, long before the hugely popular reality show Amazing Race went on the air. It is all about allowing real travelers to compete in a real competition for all the right reasons – the love of travel, trusting strangers in strange lands, and giving something back to the planet.
A cultural immersion at its best, the event is designed to reignite the magic of travel and be more of a rally, rather than a flat out race. The object is to test each team’s ability to combat the challenges of travel in the 21st Century; not only the inevitable jetlag, language difficulties, cultural differences, strange foods, logistical snafus, along with team dynamics in the atmosphere of a well-organized competition.
Couch potatoes and armchair travelers need not apply! The sixth annual Global Scavenger Hunt is for Type-A globetrotters craving adventure, competition, and world-class fun – all while serving as a roaming travel ambassador.
The Global Scavenger Hunt is limited to 25 two-person teams (singles may apply). The entry fee of US$9,900 per person covers all international airfares, 23 nights in first class hotels, and about 40% of meals. Teams are interviewed for suitability. Visit and apply online at GlobalScavengerHunt.com.
Pictured: a beautiful sunset reflected against the Manhattan skyline.
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Copyright: Michael Taylor