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If you know me, you know I am a sucker for wacky geography games. Things like visiting all 88 counties in Ohio in under 24 hours, or jumping in all 5 Great Lakes in one day. I recently shared a video of someone visiting all 7 United hubs in one day as another example. Recently I came across a Youtube channel in a similar vein that I thought I’d share with everyone.

Jetlag: The Game

Lately, I have been very into a Youtube channel called “Jetlag: The Game”. It is run by the same guy that runs the Wendover Productions Youtube channel, if you’ve ever watched any of his videos. Their most recent season was a 72 hour game of Tag across Europe. Here is the first (of eight) videos in the series.

There were 3 people playing, and they would take turns with 1 person being the runner and the other 2 being chasers. The runner would get a 45 minute head start and there were certain rules that had to be followed, like a mandatory rest period between 8pm and 6am. Runners would have to do various challenges to earn “coins” that allowed them to be able to travel on certain modes of transport, with faster modes costing more. A few of the challenges were:

  • Eat the national dessert
  • Leave your phone in a public place and walk away for 0.25 miles
  • Walk in a straight line for 1 mile
  • Estimate the population of the city you are in right now

They started in Charleville-Mezieres, France, and the three people had to get to various destinations in different directions

a map with several images of people

If nobody gets to their actual destination by the end of the 72 hours, then whoever is closest (represented by the shaded pie wedges) wins.

The season just concluded yesterday with the final episode and it was a blast to watch. If you’re into geography, wacky challenges or anything of the sort, I’d definitely say it’s worth a watch. You can either just watch the first episode above and go from there, or see the whole playlist here.

I hope someone out there enjoys this series as much as I have. The people running this channel have also done Connect 4 Across America and Circumnavigating the Globe in 100 hours (again with the same basic rules as the Tag series where you had to do challenges to earn coins to be able to pay for your travel. If you enjoy this series, you’ll likely enjoy the entire channel.

Happy travels (and don’t let anyone catch you!)

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