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Travel The World With The Best Adventure Race Reality Shows 

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Updated July 13, 2020 76 votes 25 voters 8 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite reality shows that combine adventure, travel, and competition.

The most thrilling competitive adventure reality shows take the audience around the world and run contestants through the wringer.  Setting teams up against each other to race to checkpoints and finish lines, adventure reality series combine puzzles and travel with contestant in-fighting and sabotage. From trekking across deserts in Morocco to attempting to get around by boat in island countries, adventure race reality shows let you be a tourist while also rooting for your favorite team.

The Amazing Race might be one of the best-known adventure race shows, with teams trying to unravel clues to find each "Pit Stop" before navigating a new country or terrain to reach the finish line first. With multiple spin-offs, the format is a favorite and similar series include Expedition Impossible and its precursor Eco-Challenge.

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The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Travel The World With The Best Adventure Race Reality Shows
Photo:  The Amazing Race/CBS

Setup: Teams compete to be the first to find and arrive at "Pit Stops," travelling multiple countries and with many types of transportation.

Locations visited include:

  • New Zealand
  • Uruguay
  • Russia

 

The Amazing Race (CBS, 2001) is a reality competition tv show created by Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster. Teams of two people race around the world in competition with other teams. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Phil Keoghan

Premiered: 2001

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Road Rules is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Travel The World With The Best Adventure Race Reality Shows
Photo:  Road Rules/MTV

Setup: A group of strangers travel via RV to mystery locations.

Locations visited include:

  • Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Havana, Cuba

 

Road Rules (MTV, 1995) is an American reality show created by Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray and based off of The Real World. The series followed six strangers, between the ages of 18 and 24, stripped of their money and restricted to a life in an RV, traveling from location to location. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Cara Zavaleta, Veronica Portillo, Kit Hoover, Theo Von, Tina Barta, + more

Premiered: 1995

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The Amazing Race Canada ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Travel The World With The Best Adventure Race Reality Shows
Photo:  The Amazing Race: Canada/CTV
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The Amazing Race Canada

Setup: Teams navigate travel in multiple countries with various types of transportation to be the first to find and arrive at "Pit Stops."

Locations visited include:

  • Yukon territory, Canada
  • China
  • Panama

 

The Amazing Race Canada (CTV, 2013) is a Canadian reality game show created by Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster and based on the American TV series, The Amazing Race. It features teams of two Canadian contestants racing against each other around the world. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Jon Montgomery

Premiered: 2013

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Eco-Challenge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Travel The World With The Best Adventure Race Reality Shows
Photo: Amazon Video
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Eco-Challenge

Setup: Teams race against each other across indimidating landscapes using multiple modes of transportation.

Locations visited include:

  • Undara Volcanic National Park in Queensland, Australia.
  • Morocco.
  • Sabah, Borneo.

 

Eco-Challenge: The Expedition Race is a multi-day expedition length adventure race in which teams of four compete. It aired from April 1995 to April 2002. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: David Duchovny, Charlton Heston, Holly Hunter

Premiered: 1995

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