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Past Events

Let’s see where to begin; well, our first event took place in the spring of 2002. Our first dozen intrepid travelers visited Japan, Thailand, Egypt, Turkey, San Marino and Bavaria, among other sweet spots on that inaugural adventure. More importantly though, we all survived with smiles on our faces too boot–them and us! We learned a lot from that beta testing of our event. And since then, we have taken hundreds of world class travelers from twelve countries on our amazing around the world event twelve times—so far.

The deconstructing and analyzing the mega data of the annual travel adventure is stunning: a cumulative 10.2 million kilometers (6.3 million miles) have been traveled through 71 countries across six continents—nope, we have not been to Antarctica, yet! We figure than on average, our travelers have at least twenty daily local interactions, whereby they truly have to trust strangers in strange lands, to fulfill our uniquely designed cultural-oriented and highly participatory scavenges. That means our travelers have had approximately 100,000 such personnel encounters. And guess what? We have yet to hear of a bad encounter after eleven laps around the world visiting over 205 cities, market towns, islands, city-states, villages and oases from Amritsar and Andorra la Vella to Zagreb and Zurich—and everywhere in between.

It is extremely difficult to summarize all our events as one. Sure, the cookie cutter tag line is that it is an annual around the world travel adventure competition that mixes taking A Blind Date with the Word with the travel world championship all while conducting an extraordinarily participatory, authentic and challenging site-doing scavenger hunt. That said, each event is really different, as each event has its own personality matched both by those participating in them and the secret destinations that we inevitably visit. One focused on the Seven Seas, one Capital Cities, another touching down on five continents. One took us to the ancient wonders of the world, while another had them visit the great souks, bazaars and markets of the world. Art, cultural event and sports always seem to be present–as does food, nature and beauty. A few events have taken us to the exotic capitals of the ancient world, while others took us to more off-the-beaten path primitive locales. The juxtapositions of each and every event are always constantly overwhelming us; as do the religions, cultural nuances, mother tongues and endearing faces.

A destination world cloud of the event might look like this:
2015 city wordcloud

ive been everyehere word cloud june 2011

Whereas a site-doing word cloud might look like this:
word cloud sitedoing

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Bottom line, it is extremely challenging and we simply can’t sum up the event after conducting eleven of them. So why try? But here are links that include some data points, photos and a few words to help explain each experience from 2002 to last year’s event. Some may see them as event photo albums, some as event photo albums. Enjoy!

2016 Event Photo Album:

2015 Event Photo Album:

2014 Event Photo Album:

2013 Event Photo Album:

2012 Event Photo Album:

2011 Event Photo Album:

2010 Event Photo Album:

2009 Event Photo Album:

2008 Event Photo Album:

2005 Event Photo Album:

2004 Event Photo Album:

2002 Event Photo Album:

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