Race Around the World On a Global Scavenger Hunt

Global Scavenger Hunt is an Around-the-Globe Adventure Race

Global Scavenger Hunt teams locate a cafe in Dubai and joins locals using a waterpipe
William Chalmers

Have you ever watched CBS's The Amazing Race television show and thought that you'd make the perfect contestant? If so, we have a unique event that is looking for globetrotters and adventurous travelers just like you. If you're feeling daring, adventurous, and up for a challenge, than you can join the annual Global Scavenger Hunt, an event that looks to crown "The World's Greatest Travelers" each year.

To earn this honor, 15 teams of two set off on a globe-spanning race that takes them around the planet, visiting ten countries over the course of 23-days. While on this adventure, they'll be tasked with completing a number of specially designed challenges that are culturally relevant for each of the countries they visit along the way. The team that racks up the most points are named the winners. 

What Will You Do?

During this "Great Escape" 15 teams of two will travel around the world, but won't know which 10 countries on four continents they are going to visit prior to setting out. The activities will include a mix of cultural-oriented scavenges, such as finding a Buddha's tooth in Sri Lanka. Other challenges could include such things as entering a camel race in India or taking a photo of a wild orangutan. The goal is to test each individual's ability to deal with the difficulties of extended travel and personal dynamics within the team.

On the event's website, you can find photos and comments from past competitors as they met their challenges in 10 countries on their way around the world during previous editions of the GSH. 

Who's It For?

The race is for curious and savvy travelers eager for new, often difficult, and at times strange experiences designed to test the mind and body. As one former contest, Randy of Newport Beach, puts it the Global Scavenger Hunt is "A cross between Abercrombie & Kent and Lonely Planet." Another contestant, Jason of Toronto, explains, "This event is geared toward people who are really interested in the culture, the people and the places...They attract the traveler, not the tourist."

What's It Going to Cost?

It's expensive, but the proceeds go to a good cause. This travel-a-thon is designed to raise money for several internationally-focused humanitarian organizations, allowing participants to give back as they race around the globe. Competitors who are accepted into the event agree to pay or raise the entry fee of $10,500 per person. Some teams raise a lot more and earmark their funds for specific charities. Because some of the funds go to non-profits, part of the entry fees may even be tax-deductible too.

The goal is to eventually raise a million dollars for charities such as CARE, Doctors Without Borders, and UNICEF.

Contact Information

If you think this adventurous race might be the experience for you visit the Global Scavenger Hunt website to learn more. Potential travelers will be interviewed for suitability and asked to help in fund-raising events to reach the million-dollar goal. Single travelers can apply as well. 

How Do I Sign Up?

Already know that the GSH is for you? You can apply to be a part of the next Scavenger Hunt by using the event's application page. If you're selected to join in on the fun, a representative will let you know prior to the start of the next race, at which time you and your teammate will be off on a grand adventure. 

More Adventure Travel Races

To learn about other exciting adventure travel races for the ultra competitive and for those who simply want to turn their next trip into a more moderate version of a reality TV-style adventure race, visit Adventure Travel Races.