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Travel The World With The Best Adventure Race Reality Shows

Updated March 29, 2021 171 votes 54 voters 2.2k views11 items

List RulesVote 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.

Vote up the best competitive adventure reality shows and vote down the series that don't go anywhere!

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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
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    • Setup: Teams of two escape from action-adventure style locations.

      Locations visited include:

      • Alcatraz Island in San Fransisco Bay, California.
      • Preston Castle in Los Angeles, California.
      • Swamp in Des Allemands, Louisiana.


      The Great Escape (TNT, 2012) is a reality competition television series. Three teams of two are dropped into their own action-adventure movie and compete for a cash prize by escaping from such locations as a seven-story castle, a deserted island, a sinking ship or a maximum-security prison....  more
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        The Amazing Race Australia

        Setup: Teams perform physical and mental challenges while using clues to find "Pit Stops" then racing to reach the stops first while using many modes of transportation.

        Locations visited include:

        • Nambia
        • Thailand
        • Portugal


        The Amazing Race Australia (Seven Network, 2011) is an Australian reality game show created by Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster and based on the American TV series, The Amazing Race. Following the premise of other versions of the format, the show follows teams of two as they race around the world....  more
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          72 Hours

          Setup: Three new competing teams of strangers are dropped in the complete wilderness, with very few essential items, and must find a hidden briefcase within 72 hours.

          Locations visited include:

          • Yasawa Islands, Fiji
          • Flinder's Island, Tasmania
          • New Zealand Alps
          72 Hours is an American television reality competition series produced by Lighthearted Entertainment that premiered on Turner Network Television on June 6, 2013. 72 Hours is hosted by actor and TV host Brandon Johnson who formerly co-starred as dance show host Gary Wilde on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up. The series is executive produced by Howard Schultz, Brady Connell and Rob LaPlante. Jeff Spangler serves as the co-executive producer of the series. In each episode of 72 Hours, three new competing teams of strangers are dropped in the complete wilderness where they are given very few essential items to survive. The teams must travel through harsh environments, such as...  more
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