Let’s see, where to begin? Well, we started working on the event in 2000 with our first event taking place in the spring of 2002. Our first tribe of 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 thirteen times—so far.
The deconstructing and analyzing of the mega data of the annual travel adventure is stunning: over a cumulative 11 million kilometers (6.8 million miles) have been traveled through 76 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; and that means our travelers have had approximately 110,000 such personnel encounters. And guess what? We have yet to hear of a bad encounter after thirteen laps around the world visiting over 220 cities, cities, 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, one city-states, one islands, 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.
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!
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