We are ready to begin the 2013 version of The Global Scavenger Hunt. The route is set, the competitors are ready, and 23-days have been cleared to travel around the world from Los Angeles to Toronto--the long way--beginning Friday April 12th. We will be crowning The World's Greatest Travelers in Toronto on Saturday, May 4th!
Please feel free to follow us on the PostCARDS Blog for exciting daily dispatches, photos and videos, as the teams travel through 10 still secret countries doing a series of Travel IQ busting site-doing scavenges along the way. We will keep you filled in on who's who, who's in the lead, who the dark horses are and destination highlights.It will be the most extraordinary 23-days of their lives!
This year we also have some great travel gear donated by Travelpro to give away for folks making small donations to the GreatEscape Foundation's twin goals of building co-ed elementary schools and disbursing interest-free, no-cost micro-loans for budding entrepreneurs. So please give if you can...
That's it for now...get ready for the ride.
(Pre April 4th Info)
Preparations for the 9th edition of the international travel adventure event, The Global Scavenger Hunt, have started with the application process to take part in the 2013 competition that will crown The World's Greatest Travelers, now officially open.
Serious applicants, travel junkies and former participants all...are now urged to apply online as the international notoriety of the event continues to expand and the 2013 competition will be limited to a rather exclusive group of just 15 teams competing in The Global Scavenger Hunt™.
Teams are expected to return from Canada, USA, Australia, the Bahamas, England and Germany in 2013, along of course with the defending champions who hail from New Zealand!
The dates for the 2013 are: April 12 - May 4, 2013.
The one and only REAL annual around the world travel adventure competition will begin at our opening Bon Voyage Party on Friday evening, April 12th, 2013, at a top secret North American destination...and then, over the next 23-days, our exclusive group of 15 teams will travel the globe completing highly interactive sight-doing cultural scavenges in at least 10 nations—but which ten countries, we're not saying of course because this event also serves as A Blind Date With The World™!
The World's Greatest Travelers™ crown and trophy will then be won—or lost--by the time we hold our Winners Gala on Saturday evening, May 4th, 2013, at our final North American destination.
So clear your 2013 travel calendar between April 12 and May 4, 2013!
Outside Magazine has billed it as "One of the most amazing trips in the world!"
Peter Greenberg has said that "Unlike the Amazing Race, this challenge is more about your ability to connect with cultures than speed and agility."
Frommers 500 Best Adrenaline Adventures, that features high-octane and unique travel experiences for passionate travelers and adventure seekers, included The Global Scavenger Hunt on their exclusive list.
National Geographic said that the event was "...like Survivor, the Amazing Race and the Eco-Challenge all rolled into one except with much more cultural interaction."
Discovery Channel say the event is a "Top adventure contest...sure to push you to your limits..."
Toronto Star says"…would be Indiana Joneses will have a chance to follow in his footsteps…an international event that restores the curiosity and adventure appeal."
Wall Street Journal calls it an"…adventure for the travel-savvy who want something different."
But make no mistake about it—this is not a tour in any way, shape or form! The Global Scavenger Hunt is not a prepackaged holiday. It is not a sleep on the beach vacation and it is not a ‘if its Tuesday we must be in Belgium’ whistle-stop tour of Europe's predictable cities while staying in cheap hotels.
Our 23-day circumnavigation of the globe offers what others can only dream about offering! And we have delivered for eight years now...
From start to finish, our travel adventure competition will have a select group of travelers performing hundreds of hands-on and highly participatory site-doing scavenges in at least 10 scattered (and secret!) nations around the world accumulating points for completing a series of stimulating once-in-a-lifetime scavenges; they will be doing things from morning until night while visiting extraordinary off-the-beaten path and exotic global travel destinations.
The unofficial motto of our international travel adventure competition has always been trusting strangers in strange lands.
In three words, this event is about: authenticity, challenge and participation.
Previous events have helped fund the building of schools in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ecuador, Niger, India and Sri Lanka; along with the first medical clinic of its kind in Niger.
Just click here if you would like to see our shinny new 2013 Event e-Brochure.