Welcome to the home of the world travel championship. We have just set the dates for the 11th edition of The Global Scavenger Hunt with the 2015 event set to take place between April 10th and May 2nd, 2015. The Blind Date with the World will begin and end somewhere in North America. We are excited to have some thrilling changes in store for the 2015 event after successfully completing ten previous around the world events. Fresh ideas. Novel routes. Original scavenges. Updated rules. More fascinating secret destinations and captivating special challenges...all designed to let our travelers see their surroundings and themselves in a new way. To challenge themselves, and their competitors at a new level.
With the dates now officially set, we know that 2014 champs--Zoe & Rainey from Houston, TX (aka Lawyers without Borders)--are eager for the challenge to defend The World's Greatest Travelers title against other international teams. Again we are limiting the 2015 event to just 15 exclusive competing teams. Mark your calendars; get your ducks in a row and serious applicants, travel junkies and former event alum alike should all get their applications in ASAP as we promise another sell-out. Already, teams are expected to compete from USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia in 2015.
So, fasten your seat belts for an extraordinary lap around the world in the 2015 edition of the world travel championship event...The Global Scavenger Hunt.
Please stay tuned and read the PostCARDS Blog (aka 2015 Event Blog) where we will have regular updates and interesting tidbits about the event and the world of travel between now and our Bon Voyage Party on April 10th.
The event in a word cloud...
We are also pleased to have been able to fund the building of 10 co-ed elementary schools--one for each event!--over the last decade. And for those of you interested and wanting to help others help themselves by making donations to the GreatEscape Foundation's twin goals of building co-ed elementary schools in developing areas of the world and disbursing interest-free, no-cost micro-loans to budding women entrepreneurs, you are always welcome. So please give if you can. Thank you!
For those wanting to participate in this real-life—said to be Amazing Race-like—travel adventure event created and designed for travel savvy globetrotters and adventurers alike who want to test themselves against the best and brightest the world has to offer, our 2015 event promises to be the best ever. Here's a little of what has been said about The Global Scavenger Hunt in the press to date:
Outside Magazine has billed it as "One of the most amazing trips in the world!"
Peter Greenberg has said that "Unlike the Amazing Race, this challenge is more about your ability to connect with cultures than speed and agility."
Frommer's 500 Best Adrenaline Adventures, that features high-octane and unique travel experiences for passionate travelers and adventure seekers, included The Global Scavenger Hunt on their exclusive list.
National Geographic said that the event was "...like Survivor, the Amazing Race and the Eco-Challenge all rolled into one except with much more cultural interaction."
Discovery Channel says the event is a "Top adventure contest...sure to push you to your limits..."
Toronto Star says"…would be Indiana Joneses will have a chance to follow in his footsteps…an international event that restores the curiosity and adventure appeal."
Wall Street Journal calls it a"…adventure for the travel-savvy who want something different."
Make no mistake about it—this is not a tour in any way, shape or form. The Global Scavenger Hunt is not a prepackaged holiday. It is not a sleep on the beach vacation and it is not a ‘if it's Tuesday we must be in Belgium’ whistle-stop tour of Europe while staying in cheap hotels.
Nope...from start to finish, our travel adventure competition is designed to have an exclusive group of great travelers perform hundreds of highly participatory hands-on culturally-oriented site-doing scavenges in at least 10 scattered (and of course secret!) nations around the world while accumulating high risk/high reward points for completing a series of stimulating once-in-a-lifetime scavenges; travelers will be doing things from morning until night while visiting extraordinary off-the-beaten path and exotic global travel destinations.
The Global Scavenger Hunt was created in the spirit of Indian Jones and 80 Days Around The World fame as a truly international travel adventure competition that tests the travel IQ of participants against other international travelers spanning the globe and crowns The World's Greatest Travelers™ in a highly competitive environment based on Teams proving their travel savvy, stamina, and creativity in real world travel situations.
The unofficial motto of our international travel adventure competition has always been trusting strangers in strange lands.
In three words, this event is about: authenticity, challenge and participation.
But every willing participant is a winner just by taking part in the annual event, because our travelers are givers and are all helping to make the world a better place in their own small ways; by not only doing some on-site volunteering during the course of their three week adventure of a lifetime, but by also helping to raise charitable funds for some worthy international humanitarian causes that promise—and actually do—help others help themselves.
Interested in maybe joining our 2015 event? Great...contact us by phone or e-mail…and we urge you to apply online today to get the ball rolling as participation in our 11th annual around-the-world event is limited with applications processed on a first come first serve and based on team suitability interviews. Single travel applicants may also apply!
Thank you…and happy travels.