Have you ever watched the show “The Amazing Racing” and thought, I’d love to do something like that! Or maybe you thought it looked like a lot of fun, but you’re not so interested in the painfully physical challenges or the disgusting food challenges or running around so much you’d be too exhausted to enjoy anything. Well, you’re in luck! I was recently approached by a company called Competitours about an Amazing Race-style trip to Europe, which really caught my attention.
Competitours is a 10 day team travel competition that features 12 pairs of teams zigzagging across Western Europe, to mystery destinations, while accomplishing daily surprise challenges in pursuit of up to $7,200 in cash prizes.
Challenges are based on creativity, resourcefulness and spontaneity, not speed or fitness. This is an Amazing Race-style trip for the rest of us normal people! More than 15% of teams are repeat customers.
Europe’s history, culture, culinary styles and handicraft traditions are transformed into daily hands-on contests, plus a dose of mind-bending scavenger hunts, labyrinths and a mountain-based activity. The scoring is typically based on a mix of objective and subjective criteria.
The destinations are unknown, but feature a mix of big cities, walkable villages, coastal hamlets and a jaunt through the mountains. The suspense is further heightened as destinations and challenge content are revealed with just a scant 24-36 hours notice each day.
There is rivalry during the day, but at night, many teams enjoy bonding over stories of their experiences that day and appreciating that they are traveling with kindred spirits who enjoy the thrill of the unknown.
Each day has built-in downtime for teams to take a breather from the competition, to explore sights, shopping and dining on their own. Further, most days are structured so that the teams are responsible for their own local transport, which ensures teams rub shoulders with locals.
Company owner Steve Belkin travels to Europe annually to negotiate the special arrangements or exclusive access or to find the remote location to ensure that no other company can replicate a Competitours experience. Belkin invests his customers’ trip fee carefully, emphasizing memorable and compelling activities that are done while awake. As a result, sleeping is typically arranged at solid 3-Star hotels since the only time you will be there is literally to sleep and shower.
If you like the idea of a traveling with the suspense of not knowing where your next destination is, or if you like a little competition, Competitours might be for you. If you want a taste of Europe without having to plan it yourself, but you also don’t want to be on a typical bus tour, this could be a good alternative for you.
For more information see www.competitours.com.
This post, including the photo and most of the text, was brought to you by Competitours. I am sharing this with you because I feel it is a great opportunity for a unique way to travel.