A Mystery European Team Travel Competition

An Amazing Race
For Normal People!

Competitours Secret Routing...

10 days of unpredictable zig-zagging across the under-the-radar nooks and crannies of 3 to 4 Western Europe countries.

Each day’s itinerary revealed with just a 24-hour notice, like being on a blind date with Europe.

And... Surprise
Challenges

10 teams of 2 will discover new skills to accomplish daily interactive activities, games and contests to earn points.

Get ready to get pushed (gently) out of your comfort zone. Competitours ain’t about sightseeing… It is about hands-on sightDOING!

Challenge Themes

We have executed over 100 challenges since our 2008 introduction. 

Scavenger hunts, ‘Iron Chef’ cooking competitions, cultural twists on arts, craft, dance, labyrinths, via ferratas (look it up!!), building stuff from scratch like cardboard cars and raft building are core themes.

We’ve also pulled off unique, quirky events like fencing, drone racing, sheep herding, alpine coasters, sailing regattas, wine blending, flight simulators, go-kart sailing, indoor parachuting.

Rally Not A Race

The travel between destinations is never a challenge. Once teams finish the daily challenge, Competitours arranges that all teams travel together, stress free onto the next destination. No one ever gets left behind.

Challenge skills are typically about being creative, resourceful and spontaneous. NOT about speed or fitness or previous travel experience.
Past team members have ranged from 14 year old newbies to 77 year great grandparents.

With A Dynamic Scoring System

And each day has a totally unique and dynamic scoring system.

Earn points from mini-challenges before or after the primary challenges. There are no eliminations, so laggards can rally and frontrunners can’t get cocky.

85% of teams have been in the running to win on the final day of each competition.

Mmmm... Frenemies Are Lurking Everywhere

On any given day, a challenge could require 2 or 3 competing teams to sink or swim together.

Or you might be dependent on other teams to vote for you during a ‘people’s choice’ awarding of points. In general, teams enjoy bonding from the shared experiences of mastering (or barely surviving!) Competitours challenges.

Maybe Win A Grand Prize... Or Maybe Win New Friends!

Top 3 teams split $3,000 so stakes are more like a friendly game of a poker vibe than a fight to the death vibe of ‘The Amazing Race’.

The cash prize is spent very quickly, but the prize of meeting 9 other curious, motivated and upbeat teams has proven to last much longer.

Competitours Sample Day (Never A Dull Day!)

There is no such thing as a ‘typical day’ with Competitours. And there is no ‘typical year’ either as every year we research and customize a totally new trip.
No official packing list other than a bathing suit. But our sage advice is to - pack light. And use a roller bag. Remember that you are your own bell hop at the hotel, support and train station. Our trip is not about fashion statements so dress down.
So, googling our past trips will not likely help you get inside of the mind of the Evil Genius/Trip Escort, Steve Belkin.

Transport And Location

We could be going 15 miles away on public transport or 150 miles away on a train or charter bus or 1 500 miles away on a plane.

We shy away from obvious touristic cities in general.  Instead, we hunt down iconic pedestrian friendly large towns and small cities, mountain hamlets, coastal enclaves and medieval flavored villages. 

Challenge Structure

Challenges could include all 10 teams at the same place at the same time, competing side by side…

Or due to capacity issues, only 5 teams may be at same place same time… Or maybe your team will be grouped together with one of two other teams… Or you might be going it alone with just your partner.

Lunch is typically a very short, light affair, squeezed into an intermission and each team is responsible for their own meal.

Challenge Scoring

As an example, there will be points to earn for the primary cooking challenge (technique, taste, presentation).
There could be a separate related challenge to shoot a 30 second ‘commercial’ marketing your recipe.
So, there are always ‘second chances’ to score points if you get shut out of the primary activity.
Plus, there could be impromptu mini-challenges during the ground transport to or from challenge.

Post-Challenge Schedule

In general, the challenge will finish with plenty of time to rest, explore walking through town, enjoy your choice of dinner on your own or informally with other teams.

Usually, once a trip, you have to hightail it to the airport for an evening flight.  

Your Evil Genius trip escort, Steve Belkin might reveal the next day’s challenge destination, activity and logistics… and then again, he may not!

Lodging

Other than sleeping, showering and grabbing a quick continental breakfast, your lodging will have no other practical function for you.

So, our lodging choices avoid tricked-out, brand name hotels where you won’t have time to benefit from their spa, swimming pool, fitness room, ornate lobby, etc.

We recruit what we call ‘upscale functional’ lodging, that are super-duper clean, insanely comfortable, and astonishingly convenient.

Boutique Hotels located in original historical architecture, tend to have somewhat smaller rooms but very cool common areas.

Documentary

There was a documentary film about competitours called ‘Tripped Up’ that was accepted into the Cleveland international film festival in 2018. Click the link to watch more about it.

Past Team Recommendations

We are not on trip advisor so if you want to get feedback from previous teams just contact us and we will set you up with a team to offer you independent evaluation. Click the link below to read more. 

Company owner/ trip escort /evil genius, Steve Belkin personally researches and plans every trip. Steve has pioneered mastering the airline mileage game with a book published. And an award booking service.

Caribbean’s first and only scuba dive challenge game.

Produced nationally syndicated TV show ‘Kwik Witz’ the precursor to the comedy show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’. Recruited talent like Wayne Brady, Steve Carell, Nia Vardolas, Alex Borstein , Jack McBrayer among others before they were discovered

 

Produced TV and radio programming for Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Holmgren plus players Brett Favre, Reggie White, Kabeer Gbaja, Biamila and Milwaukee Bucks head coaches Mike Dunleavy and Chris Ford!