Before the success of travel competition shows like The Amazing Race, there was the Global Scavenger Hunt, the original global race that celebrates its 11th birthday this year. Fifteen teams of two people each will embark on goal-seeking adventures through 10 countries in 23 days.
Between April 10 and May 2, teams will travel to destinations unbeknownst to them and complete various challenges in international settings. From navigating city markets in search of local ingredients to whip up a national dish, to practicing tai chi in a neighborhood park, participants engross themselves in the culture and populace of their destination.
Without guidebooks, itineraries or previous online research, teams must navigate their way through language barriers, cultural differences and time constraints. Once the competition aspect of the challenge finishes in each destination, participants will have the opportunity to explore the region or volunteer for a local cause.
To compete, participants from all over the globe are asked to raise $25,000 as an entry fee, a portion of which will be donated to a global humanitarian cause like Doctors Without Borders or Mercy Corps International. The fee also covers international airfare, first-class accommodation and some meals. The winners of the competition will receive a free around-the-world trip and a chance to compete again in 2016 to defend their title.
Travelers go on trips for various reasons: Some love to enjoy unique culinary experiences, while others want to explore new cultures and have authentic local experiences. Whatever the reason, vacations should have one thing in common — rest. In fact, healing and healthy ways to boost the immune system are trending topics now and Korean-style wellness is just what you need on future trips. At the 48 recommended wellness travel destinations in Korea, visitors can relax and recharge by enjoying different types of Korean therapy and participating in programs that seek healing in nature. Stay at home and visit Korea for a wellness vacation when it's safe to travel again.
For some extremely last-minute holiday gifts this year, you can still give back by gifting with the all-new Adopt an Animal program with Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. Based in Springfield, Missouri, the museum’s virtual program allows would-be guests and nature lovers around the country to connect with the 35,000 resident animals of Wonders of Wildlife.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.