Maybe it’s just me, but the idea of being herded around Europe on one of those organized group tours seems unbearably tedious. Now, however, there’s a unique alternative that sounds like it’d be a heck of a lot more fun.
In place of the typical rigidly structured group tour itinerary, Competitours will fly you and a friend off on a European adventure that’s essentially a recreational version of The Amazing Race TV show. Your initial destination won’t be revealed until just days before you board the plane, but you can expect to visit up to a half-dozen countries over the course of your 10-14 day trip.
Along the way you’ll be competing against 16 other two-person teams in your choice of a dozen daily “competitasks,” challenges that will have you finding your way through unfamiliar surroundings and interacting with locals in a way most tourists could scarcely imagine. You’ll document your feats on inexpensive camcorders and upload the videos for review by an independent panel of judges. But that’s where the similarities with the TV show end as these tasks emphasize strategy and creativity over physical strength and stamina.
While I suspect the real reward is in the extraordinary experience of the competition itself, the winning team goes home with a Grand Prize package that includes airfare and hotel points that can be used at more than 100 Starwood Hotels properties worldwide. They’ll even throw in a nice chunk of spending cash to help you make the most out of what’s bound to be a more laid-back journey.