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Global Scavenger Hunt Returns in 2016 With Trip to 6 Continents

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | December 11, 2015

Global Scavenger Hunt Returns in 2016 With Trip to 6 Continents

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The Global Scavenger Hunt returns for 2016 with a tweak to its itinerary. Next year a few fortunate and rather brave individuals will hit six continents.

William D. Chalmers, the event director, explains in a press release about a truly amazing iteration of an already exhausting and worthwhile trip around the globe: “We would visit Antarctica too, but there just aren’t many good restaurants there. Also asking penguins for directions is problematic.”

Chalmers continues, “Seriously, we have visited over 65 countries so far and we wanted to shake things up in 2016 by conducting The Global Scavenger Hunt across six continents. It will be a challenge for all—including us. As I always say, people don’t take adventures—adventures take people—and the best ones take them out of their comfort zones.”

For the uninitiated, here is an interview with Chalmers during the project’s infancy.

Essentially, teams compete against one another during a rollicking course around the world. Think “Amazing Race” but without all the camera crews.

Now the release states that not much has changed for what is the 12th iteration of this elaborate contest: “The event brings back the magic of travel by getting travelers out of their comfort zones to be creative, resourceful and enjoy the serendipity of travel. It is about using their savvy Travel IQ to complete a series of engaging and highly-participatory site-doing scavenges in a competition against other great travelers, all vying for The World’s Greatest Travelers trophy—and a FREE trip around the world. It is the ultimate authentic, participatory and challenging adventure for 2016.”

Now you may just win a free trip, but entry certainly is not. Again, you are vying for one of a few spots, which commands a hefty price.

Global Scavenger offers: “The 23-day around the world event is limited to 15 teams of two, and the US$25,000 per team entry fee includes: all international airfare, first class hotels, 40% of meals and special event-sponsored travel gear. Single travelers are welcome to apply and all travelers will be interviewed for suitability.”

While expensive, you can see from the above video that it’s well worth it if you are the kind of person who craves adventure and being kept wonderfully off kilter in your travels.

This is hardly the relaxing holiday sojourn where you read a book by the pool. Rather, it’s that once-in-a-lifetime jaunt around this wonderful planet that you will never forget. 


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