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Asian Scavenger Hunt a 15-day Asian challenge created especially for Australian and New Zealand Travelers

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GreatEscape2008 recently crowned The Worlds Greatest Travelers after a 23-day around the world travel adventure competition. Now the event organizers have started taking applications for a shorter 15-day Asian challenge created especially for Australian and New Zealand travelers called The Asian Scavenger Hunt.

This two week event will take a maximum of 20 two person teams across Asia and is scheduled to begin on November 8th, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. Competitors will go on a real life regional scavenger hunt through at least six secret Asian nations. The challenge is designed to get people to trust strangers in strange lands while seeking unique cultural scavenges along the way.

Teams will be challenged to use their Indiana Jones-like travel savvy overcoming language barriers, cultural differences, logistical challenges, and the thrill of competition, as they uncover Lost Cities, seek out specialty marketplace items and ride elephants. Unlike drama-induced reality TV shows, this scavenger hunt attempts to give travelers an authentic look into other cultures while personally experiencing and overcoming unique challenges like: taking a Chinese cooking class from a master chef in Beijing; swimming with a bull shark; donating time helping out a UNICEF facility in one the worlds poorest nations; attending a professional sporting event; or taking an elephant safari in search of black rhinos and Bengal tigers.

Exactly where the teams will be visiting is top secret. Just like the annual around the world event which is billed as A Blind Date With The World, this will be A Blind Date with Asia for adventurous travelers.

We're excited about travelers from Down Under competing in our remarkable travel competition, literally in their own backyard so to speak, said Event Director and travel book author Bill Chalmers. Weve created a truly authentic international travel adventure competition that restores the thrill of travelling to exotic destinations with the adventure appeal that turn of the century explorers exhibited. It is my belief that you never feel more fully alive than when overcoming challenges and obstacles while traveling. It's all about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

The event will end November 22nd in Melbourne, Australia, where the top three scavenger point earning teams will be awarded prizes and medals, with the winning team being awarded a special place in the next global event that will crown The Worlds Greatest Travelers in April 2009 and the right to defend their championship in the next Asian event.

The A$7,495. per person entry fee includes: all international airfares, 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.

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