10 Days in Europe; 10 New Things to Try

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There’s a first time for everything. I just didn’t expect to have so many new experiences during one European vacation. Competitours intrigued me from the moment I heard about it. The tour company takes several teams of two across the pond to compete in quirky point-earning challenges over 10 days for the chance to winRead more

Via Ferrata Diavolo: An Iron Road Trip in the Swiss Alps

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Two carabiners are the only things separating me from a fall that would result in instant death, but I’m assured I’m perfectly safe. I can still hear the words of Steve Belkin, the fearless CEO of Competitours, ringing in my ear: “If my 14-year-old daughter can do it, you can do it.” That was justRead more

Trends in Travel for 2013

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‘Tis the season for planning travel for the coming year and all the respected travel authorities are busy compiling their lists of favorite destinations. I, too, have a list of far-flung places to recommend in 2013. Fairbanks, Alaska Why it’s on the radar: Fairbanks is one of the best places to view to view theRead more

Seven Hills

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I have come to Lisbon, and Portugal in general, with no expectations and no agenda. I spent the first day wandering the steep cobblestone streets up and down the seven hills that make up the city. With me are Chris, who has a fever, and Lauren who is coming down with a sinus infection (I’mRead more

Second isn’t so bad

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On Thursday morning, the scoreboard reflected what Sheila and I already suspected. We finished second in the race across Europe with Competitours. But “As Seen on TV” (Lanthy and Rad) brought their A-game and it paid off. We’re very happy for them. “We fell short of first place by 21 points, but in our mindsRead more

Competitours Day 6 in the Rhine River valley

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The incredible scenery along the Rhine River is idyllic to most people. The rolling hills. Hill-top castles overlooking the lush Rhine River Valley. But returning to Koblenz after 18 years memories long buried. Well, not really. On my first trip abroad, those many years ago, Chris and I floated down this very section of theRead more

Competitours 2009: Day 4 in Munich

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Editor’s Note: Competitours is not your  typical vacation; it’s a team-travel contest that takes place in Europe and anyone can sign up to take part in the fun.  It’s Friday, it must be Germany. We came back to Munich for a couple days-worth of challenges in this large, cosmopolitan city. We definitely saw quite aRead more

Departures from the Ordinary

Have you thought about where you’re going on vacation this summer? Yeah, I know . . . the economy. Some travel companies are trying to sweeten the deal to be more enticing to travelers, but the best offer I’ve found is with Competitours, a travel competition that offers the chance to win a worldwide travelRead more

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