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1. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 12y

Ok so I've been going on and on about how much I love the Amazing Race, so I figured I'd start a thread about it! I know at least one other person who would join into this thread, and share my foly! That means you Greg!

So what about it? I love the show (as stated about 1 million times) and I would love to participate in a show like it. But alas, I cannot because I am a Canadian citizen and not American. Too bad.

So here are the questions.
1. If you were to participate in a race around the world, what would be the most important thing for you? Would it be the travelling itself (planes, trains, automobiles, bikes, feet), or the destinations, or the stunts?
2. Who would you take with you?
3. Where would you most like to visit?
4.What would you most like to do and where?

My answers are:

1. All three are important to me. The destinations, the travel, and the stunts.

2. I would take either my sister or my brother along (when he's old enough... he's only 13), or someone who is equally enthusiastic about trekking the world.

3. I would most like to visit any country in the world... possibly except the Middle East where the fighting's going on right now. Places I'd really like to visit would be Estonia, Armenia, Scandinavia, South Africa, Thailand, Japan, Ecuador, Argentina, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, and all of Oceania. I'm just basically throwing things in there as I think of them. I'd go anywhere.

4. Activities I would most like to partake in would be bungee jumping in Australia, hang gliding in Brasil, and that thing they did this week in New Zealand, I don't remember what it was called. It was like going whitewater rafting but without the raft. Anyway, that.

Any suggestions on what would make the ultimate Amazing Race?


2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y

I remember walking into the Pantheon, in Paris, taking one look at the pendulum and that siamese cat and thinking "I saw that on the Amazing Race!". My Irish companion was nonpulsed, but I was over the moon.

1. Most important would be the destinations.
2. I'd take my boyfriend, although neither of us are American, so...
3. I'd want to visit - hmm.... I think Id just want the constant surprise.
4. I liked that sledging thing, too. I went blackwater rafting in caves in NZ, and that was great. But that boogie-board stuff looked a lot more exciting...

The ultimate Amazing Race would include... Canadians! Please!

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

Tway - you are not alone. This season has featured to stops where I have been (Buenos Aires and Bariloche), and one place where I am going (Tanzania). I was outrageously happy when they were in Argentina and I kept saying, "I've been there!"

1. If you were to participate in a race around the world, what would be the most important thing for you? Would it be the travelling itself (planes, trains, automobiles, bikes, feet), or the destinations, or the stunts?

I would say stunts, only because arranging plane tickets is a pain, and you don't really get to stay in a place too long, so it's hard to appreciate the destination. Plus, I would probably never go zorbing on my own, so the race would be the only chance to try stuff like that.

2. Who would you take with you?

I would want someone who would compliment my style. I am a great planner and good at logic puzzles. I am very laid back and conversational. I can usually sweet talk people if I put my mind to it.

I would want someone who is a real "go-getter." Someone who once they have a goal they go after it. This person would push me to use my gifts (planning, sweet-talking) to get us where we want.

Plus, I would want someone who could navigate. I can navigate really well, but I like to drive too much to be the navigator all the time!

3. Where would you most like to visit?

Everywhere I haven't been yet.

4.What would you most like to do and where?

- Dog sledding in Northern Canada
- Repelling down anything, anywhere
- Oyster diving in the South Pacific

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

By the way, if you are really obsessed with the show, there is a message board dedicated to it.

I post under the name traveller.

God, I am so pathetic sometimes...

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

I know this will sound stupid, but 2 questions:

A. Why can't Canadians enter? I know that it is (or the versions i've seen at least) an American show, but does that actually mean it's open only to US citizens?

B. And this is probably why the above doesn't work - How do they deal with Visa's etc. If they don't know where they are going, they obviously can't go and get them ahead (and the TV company can't, because that means they will all be in the passports so the competitors know where they will be going in advance). In 3 weeks or a month or howeverlong it takes, some of the places they have been will take that long to get a damned visa, and even if they don't and go for the quickest & most expensive option, that would still involve time spend queueing in s0dding embassies etc. So how do they do it??

As to your questions:
1. Not sure what would be most important to me - the detinations unfortunately would possibly be less so, because you would see so little of them, and then only in a rush. I'd possibly loose because i got sidetracked and went to look at something else in some exotic city instead of going for the challenges!

2. Urm, dunno. A Canadian friend said months back that we should try and enter that or something similar (and there have been many of them) - Think i'd prefer to do one which involves more thinking/creativity rather than the amazing race which is more or less set up ghow/exactly where you travel beforehand. No idea who i'd choose to do it with though

3. On something like this, i wouldn't want to know the details - thing the constant surprises would be better! Also, many of the places i really want to visit, i think i wouldn't want to go to as part of such a contest, because you wouldn't see anything. I've always wanted to go to Madagascar for example, but if i was only there for 1 day whilst doing a challeneg before i had to shoot of to India or whatever, i'd be mortified at not seeing more!!

4. Things i haven't done/tried, which would rule out allot of the Winter stuff such as huskie sledding (although it is great fun). Go down the Amazon in a canoe; right up to Yellowknife etc & also the W coast of Canada; Trans-Sib (traditional); Walk/Run up the Empire State Building; Go along the Andees to T de F, amongst others although these are mainly travel things rather actual activities.

There's actually a sort of one i'm going for assuming my otehr plans fail misearbly, which would be next June and July, although not quite on the same scale as the Amazing Race. Should be fantastic though.

But, as to the Ultimate Amazing Race - Pete/Sam - how about aranging a TP one. Lots of ideas you could use, and shouldn't be that hard to get sponsorship/tv etc interest......?????

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

To answer Gelli's questions:

Canadians can't enter because those are the rules. I would assume it has to do with insurance liability, but that is just my assumption. Or maybe it has to do with the work to get the visas (see below)

As for the visas, they get visas for all the teams - both for the places they are going and for a number of decoy countries. The teams will have many visas in their passports, but won't know which ones (if any) they will use.

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

Ah, ok, Cheers.

Just checked the site and hadn't realised there had been that many series - only 2 (first and sounds like 3rd) have been shown over here that i know of. But if it's so successful, it can't be long before Canadian/British/wherever stations do their own versions and copy the format. There are loads of similar ones which appear on odd cable channels etc, which may be a better chance (including one canadian one) - less well know so fewer entrants - Happens with everything else!

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y

I think they're on their 5th season now...

Found this on the application portion of their Web site:

"Both members of each team must be United States citizens and live in the United States."

I don't know the why, and they don't go into any more detail. Both the guy who produces it and the host are from NZ, though, so it must just be a legal thing.

In a Canadian Amazing Race, though, I can just imagine getting a handfull of two-nies, a Voyageur bus pass and instructions to make your way to The Maid of the Mist...

9. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 12y

OMG gelli you read my mind! That would be so cool to have a TP Amazing Race! That would be super ideal... hint hint Sam and Peter... I'd definitely love to help out if anything ever comes of this impulsive idea...

Just a little elaboration on my post. I would love the travelling part (booking tickets) because that adds to the dynamic of the game. You've gotta be resourceful (and lucky and fast) to get the best flight out of a particular city, so I think that would increase the excitement level of the game. But I agree with you guys that the destinations would not be best experienced nevertheless you do get to see a lot of interesting things and places.

Oh yeah, how could I have forgotten the big plastic ball! I so wanted to do that! That looks like so much fun!

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