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Travel The World With The Best Adventure Race Reality Shows

Updated January 29, 2021 145 votes 41 voters 1.7k 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!

  • 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
    • Actors: Phil Keoghan
    • Premiered: 2001
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  • Eco-Challenge
    Photo: Amazon Video


    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 and returned in 2020....  more
    • Actors: David Duchovny, Charlton Heston, Holly Hunter
    • Premiered: 1995
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  • Road Rules
    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
    • Actors: Cara Zavaleta, Veronica Portillo, Kit Hoover, Theo Von, Tina Barta
    • Premiered: 1995
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    Expedition Impossible

    Setup: Teams of three compete to solve problems while racing across extreme terrain.

    Locations visited include:

    • Todra Gorge, Morocco.
    • Dadès River, Morocco.
    • Saadian Tombs in Marakesh, Morocco.


    Expedition Impossible is a 2011 American reality television series. The series follows thirteen teams of three competitors as they "solve problems while racing across deserts, over mountains and through rivers" across the nation of Morocco. The first team to cross the finish line after completing the ten stages of the competition was to receive US$150,000. In addition, each team member won a new Ford Explorer. Created by producer Mark Burnett and hosted by wildlife expert Dave Salmoni, the series premiered on ABC on June 23, 2011, to mild critical response....  more
    • Actors: Dave Salmoni
    • Premiered: 2011
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