GreatEscape2008: The Asian Scavenger Hunt, is looking for forty globetrotting adventurers to compete in the first of its kind Asian-centered scavenger hunt travel adventure competition. The adventure is not just about fun and games, the winners will win a A$15,000 trip.
Built on the same successful idea as its big brother around the world travel adventure competition -The Global Scavenger Hunt, this slightly shorter two-week regional version is scheduled to take place beginning and ending in Australia between November 8th and the 22nd this year.
Outside magazine calls The Global Scavenger Hunt, “…one of the most amazing trips in the world.” A former participant said, “It is like Survivor, The Amazing Race and the Eco-Challenge all rolled into one except with much more cultural interaction!"
“GreatEscape is all about allowing real travelers to compete in a real travel adventure competition, for all the right reasons - the love of travel, trusting strangers in strange lands and giving something back to the planet,” said Event Director William Chalmers, “Some have called our annual event the ‘Olympics of Travel’, some refer to it as A Blind Date with the World because our travelers won’t have any foreknowledge as to what countries they’re going to until the event is underway, and some have even called it a ‘Magical Mystery Tour’. I like that one!”
For two weeks, 20 teams of two will travel through at least 6 Asian nations. Teams earn points by completing a series of cultural-oriented scavenges (finding Buddha’s tooth in Sri Lanka; explaining Thai cooking flavours; visiting lost cities) and challenges (take a photo of a wild orangutan in Borneo; enter a camel race in India; learn to belly dance in Turkey) in exotic destinations.
A cultural immersion at its best, the event is designed to be a rally rather than a flat out race. The object is to test each team’s ability to combat not only the inevitable fatigue, but language difficulties, cultural differences, their appetite for strange foods, logistical snafus and team dynamics in the milieu of a well organized competition.
Teams and single travelers alike, looking to participate should visit The Asian Scavenger Hunt’s official website GlobalScavengerHunt.com and enter online or call the Australian contact Greg Clayton at 0433 118454.
The A$7,495 per person entry fee includes: all international airfare, 15-nights of hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy), some airport transfers, about 30% of meals, and other event-related goodies and hospitality events. The rate is 10% commissionable to travel agents.