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I for one (and I'm pretty sure I am not alone) watch reality TV
shows like Survivor or The Amazing Race and think to myself -
now that could be a lot of fun, but then again I don't want to
become a reality TV star - who wants to be splashed over
tabloids or have hate-websites dedicated to them
offered the chance to do TV commercials for diet pills or
laxatives. I just want the adventure of going on an amazing
trip around the world with a little healthy competition built
So, welcome to the Amazing Holiday Travel Agency.
Pick a holiday. We have a European Adventure - 10 European
cities in 10 days. A Southern Adventure - Southern Africa and
Australia in 14 days. And the American Adventure - North and
South America in 21 days. The list goes on.
You join a group of like-minded adventure seekers and you get
your first clue. You then roam from city to city seeing some of
the most exciting highlights and best-kept secrets. It is a race
though and travellers need to beat others to checkpoints.
There are also tasks which ensure you're doing things you
never thought you would - like skydiving and river rafting.
There are 'rest' stages when you can just kick back and relax
on the beach.
All air tickets are paid for and players are given a certain
amount of money at the beginning of each stage.
Unlike the reality show, no one is sent home, everyone
completes the whole race. At the end, the overall winner
(worked out on who has won the most legs/ has the best
overall time) wins some money.
You pay a premium to be part of this race and part of that
money goes towards prizes. It's the adventure of a lifetime
without the TV cameras waiting for you to make a fool of
yourself when you lose your temper.
||//10 European cities in 10 days// This is called a "bus tour". They're hell, I'm told.
||So stretch the time, making it ten cities in 30 days (or equivalent), with hotel upgrade rewards for first and subsequent completion of hunt segments. This could be fun, I think.
||No busses. No bus tours. No tour guides! You're on your
own. You got to find your way and solve clues. This is not
like Contiki - it's an adventure.
||I'm not sure I would enjoy this, but I can see how people would. I think it could use some "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" branding. Maybe every bus/plane ticket can have three possible destinations.
||I think this is a great idea, it's not for me, but ther must be a market for this kind of trip (+).
P.S. the travel company would have to put some thought to arranging visas without the 'contestant's' knowledge.