Travel would be my lifeblood, if I weren’t tied down to life in Colorado.
Not that I mind it. There’s something good to being settled in a comfortable home at the base of the Rockies, work that I love, and a family life that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I like having predictable meals, movies to see in a big theater, and safe places to run.
But I sometimes wonder…what would life be like as a traveling nomad, not really having a permanent address and settling wherever you want from time to time. How would RAS and the kids handle that? How would I handle needing to home school them (shudder)?
So as an acceptable alternative, I watch the CBS show, “The Amazing Race” religiously.
Twenty-two people running around the world, completing silly but sometimes grueling tasks either as teams or solo. They head to places all over the globe, always starting in Los Angeles, then taking off to some combination itinerary of South America, Africa, Australia, Asia and Europe, then back again to the United States. All in the hopes to snag $1 million in the end.
Doesn’t that sound like fun?
I’d love to apply and audition for a spot on this show. But as with any network television program, you need to possess a certain degree of uniqueness, telegenic qualities, personality…or preferably a combination of all the above.
I don’t think RAS and I have exceptional levels in those three characteristics. Not even being an interracial couple would help us out these days. We’d have to be a husband-and-wife circus trapeze artists or forest rangers or something unusual like that.
True to form, RAS also says, “How many people apply to that show? And how many you think are even lucky enough to get to a live audition? Probably thousands…what are the odds that we’d be chosen?”
I know..not good, honey. But we have to give it a shot sometime, don’t you think?
But if I ever wanted to have a surefire “Amazing Race” experience, I could do something called Competitours. Through one of my favorite blogs, The Vacation Gals, I found this really cool travel site that gives you an experience in Europe similar to what you’d have on the show.
Over 10 days, twelve teams of all ages travel all over western Europe and take part in group, head-to-head and grab-bag challenges. The top three teams win about $7,000 in prize money. The destinations are unknown, but you know you won’t be venturing outside Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
What would really be awesome would be to take the girls on this tour, too. If I ever go on one of these trips (more accurately, if RAS ever wants to shell out the money to do this), then I’ll report it back here. Who cares if you don’t win a million grand prize at the end?