If you’ve yet to finish planning out your summer (yes, I realize it’s only March), then I have an idea for you. It’s more fun than a week at the same beach you’ve been going to year after year and I can guarantee it’s something your kids will be talking about with their friends for years to come.
As a quick disclaimer, I will tell you that this idea is best for families made up of two adults and two children in middle school or high school. So, if this is you, click on over to Competitours, like right now. If you’re a fan of The Amazing Race, you’ll want to click over faster than “right now” (if that’s possible).
Competitours is an 11-day challenge-style vacation. Think The Amazing Race for everyday people, like you and me. The idea is that 11 teams of two-people embark on challenges throughout Western Europe in locations that range from big cities like Rome and Munich to lesser-known towns in Europe, such as Sorrento (Italy), Andermatt (Switzerland) and Maastricht (Netherlands).
Participants receive just 12 hours notice before the start of the next challenge, adding to the fun and excitement. Challenges range from culinary activities, like an Iron Chef-style competition in a hillside villa in Italy in which all teams compete side-by-side, to soft adventure, like sliding down an alpine coaster in the French Alps. Teams may also participate in mask making, glass blowing, even dance competitions.
According to Competitours, the hands-on challenges are “fun, quirky and unique.” You’ll get pushed out of your comfort zone, but no special skills or athletic abilities are required to participate in any of the challenges. Many times, the winning team is not the best, but usually the “least worst,” adding to the fun.
Daily challenges begin mid-morning, so families can enjoy breakfast together before the day’s activities begin. Challenges end by mid-afternoon, enabling teams to shop, explore and dine on their own in each new town. Teams spend time in four countries across seven to eight “mystery destinations.” As a bonus, there are serious cash prizes for the top three teams (the first place team wins $3,630!).
While tours are best for kids ages 13 and up, Competitours let me know that the challenges are age-appropriate for kids as young as 11. The youngest team they’ve had was a mother-daughter team in which the mom was in her mid-40s and the daughter was 11 years old. Even better, there are no eliminations like on The Amazing Race. All teams compete throughout the vacation.
Competitours is running one tour this summer from July 4 – 14 for 11 two-person teams. The cost is $3,975 per person. Airfare is not included, but 11 nights of lodging and breakfasts are included, as are all challenges and transportation between European cities whether by charter bus, plane or train.
Competitours is high on my list for me and my 14 y.o. daughter. If you’re thinking about joining this challenge-style vacation, it’s a must to check out the fun reviews from travel bloggers and other past participants. After reading them, I feel like I can’t not go now. Who’s in?
Disclaimer: I was compensated by Competitours for this post. While I have not personally traveled with Competitours, I absolutely love this idea and am seriously considering this as a vacation with my daughter. All opinions expressed here are my own.