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COVID-19 update for Tourist Scavenger Hunt

COVID19 update

COVID19 updateWe wish to keep you informed about our status during the COVID-19 outbreak. More specifically, we want to reassure our clients, and those planning to try a scavenger hunt in the coming weeks.

First off, rest assured that we are currently free of the virus. We live on the South Shore of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. As of March 13, 3 pm, there are only 17 confirmed cases in Quebec. Extraordinary measures have already been taken by the government to prevent things from getting out of hand.

We care about your safety and your health. As such, we don’t only comply with our government’s recommendation. We are paying close attention to those of the governments where we operate as well. That includes the United States, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

Scavenger Hunt Status

Our scavenger hunts will remain available throughout this crisis. Our activity is one you engage in with 1 to 5 other persons for a period of approximately 3 hours. 

There is no expiry date on your scavenger hunt. Should you choose not to do it now because of the outbreak, we totally understand.

You can do it anytime in the future, at your leisure.

However, we recognize some of you have bought our activity as part of a trip that you may have canceled. Know that we will honor all requests to transfer your purchase for any other scavenger hunt of your choosing.

Large crowds

As our activities normally lead you through important tourist locations, you would normally encounter many people, Times Square, Place Jacques Cartier, Praça do Comércio, Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre and Fisherman’s Wharf are such examples.

Governments have forbidden events and gatherings of over 250 people. Due to the current situation, we believe you are unlikely to encounter large crowds along your scavenger hunt, should you wish to proceed to do so at this time.

Sanitary conditions

As we are not responsible for the cleanliness of the public places our activity leads you through, we encourage you to stay safe by wearing gloves and avoid touching the various monuments and info-signs we identify. 

Further, we encourage you to refrain from using handrails, unless you are wearing gloves. You don’t know who touched them before you, and whether or not they were infected.

Customer Support

Our customer support will remain available throughout this period, as it normally is.

You can reach us through our online form, by email at info@touristscavengerhunt.com, by phone at 514-949-5201, or by text at 475-215-1013.

We are here to answer any questions you may have.

Our Plans

As the level of activity decreases during this time, we’re making the most of that newly available time.

We will be making available in the coming weeks English versions for the following scavenger hunts :

  • Vienna Ringstrass
  • Vienna Historic Center
  • Prague Old City
  • Prague Castle
  • Amsterdam

Further, we are, so far, planning on developing many new scavenger hunts in the UK, 1 in Philadelphia, 2 in New York City, and 1 in Brussels, which we will test this summer. 

This is of course if the situation takes a turn for the better. Otherwise, they will be tested at a later date.

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Things to do in Montreal’s Entertainment District

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Are you looking for things to do in Montreal’s Entertainment District? This Scavenger Hunt takes you on a self-guided walking tour, with challenges through the heart of the city.

See all the sights while having fun and learning some history! You will walk from the Place des Arts to the Black Watch Highland Regiment, Monument National and St-Denis Theatre. All the while, you’ll take numerous side trips to discover more sites while taking on various challenges. Our Montreal’s Entertainment District Tourist Scavenger Hunt was developed and tested in March 2018.

You will start your adventure in front of Place Des Arts. Follow the instructions on your smartphone to solve challenges and get instructions to your next destination. The challenges are varied in difficulty and types to keep you entertained. They’re good for all ages.

You should plan a good 3 hours for this activity, wear comfortable shoes and be certain your phone is fully charged. As well, you’ll need a data plan as WiFi will not be enough. Further, a street map and bottled water could come in handy.

Things to do in Montreal’s Entertainment District? See the sites!

things to do in Montreal's Entertainment DistrictOver your 3-hour adventure through the city, you will see:

  • Place des Arts
  • The contemporary art museum of Montreal
  • Desjardins Complex
  • Nouveau Monde Theatre
  • Club Soda
  • MTelus Theatre
  • UQAM
  • St-Denis Theatre
  • BAnQ great library
  • Montreal Friendship Gate
  • Quebecois Cinematheque
  • Gesù
  • Imperial Cinema
  • And more

Scavenger Hunt

Our scavenger hunt is a self-guided walking tour of the see you can do on your smartphone. Over 3 hours, it’ll take you to all the significant sites, teach you some history, and challenge you with puzzles and various questions. You’ll never walk more than 5 minutes between stops. Take as long, or as little, as you wish as you’re in control of your page on this adventure. Above all, we hope you have fun!

Learn more about Montreal’s Entertainment District Tourist Scavenger Hunt on our description page.

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Things to do in Lower Manhattan

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Are you looking for things to do in Lower Manhattan? This Scavenger Hunt takes you on a self-guided walking tour, with challenges through the heart of the city.

See all the sights while having fun and learning some history! You will walk from Battery Park to Ground Zero, to City Hall and Federal Hall. All the while, you’ll take numerous side trips to discover more sites while taking on various challenges. Our Lower Manhattan Tourist Scavenger Hunt was developed and tested in May 2019.

You will start your adventure in Bowling Green Park. Follow the instructions on your smartphone to solve challenges and get instructions to your next destination. The challenges are varied in difficulty and types to keep you entertained. They’re good for all ages.

You should plan a good 3 hours for this activity, wear comfortable shoes and be certain your phone is fully charged. As well, you’ll need a data plan as WiFi will not be enough. Further, a street map and bottled water could come in handy.

Things to do in Lower Manhattan? See the sites!

things to do in Lower Manhattan, history of lower manhattanOver your 3-hour adventure through the city, you will see:

  • New York City Hall
  • World Trade Center
  • Trinity Church
  • 9/11 Tribute Museum
  • Battery Park
  • Governors Island
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Ellis Island
  • Castle Clinton
  • Wall Street
  • New York Stock Exchange
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • And more

Scavenger Hunt

Our scavenger hunt is a self-guided walking tour of the see you can do on your smartphone. Over 3 hours, it’ll take you to all the significant sites, teach you some history, and challenge you with puzzles and various questions. You’ll never walk more than 5 minutes between stops. Take as long, or as little, as you wish as you’re in control of your page on this adventure. Above all, we hope you have fun!

Learn more about the Lower Manhattan Tourist Scavenger Hunt on our description page.

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Things to do in Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Are you looking for things to do in Rotterdam? This Tourist Scavenger Hunt takes you on a self-guided walking tour, with challenges through the heart of the city.

See all the sights while having fun and learning some history! You will walk from City Hall to the Cube Houses while taking a few side trips and taking on various challenges. Our Rotterdam Tourist Scavenger Hunt was developed and tested in the fall of 2017.

You will start your adventure in front of City Hall / Stadhuis Rotterdam. Follow the instructions on your smartphone to solve challenges, and get instructions to your next destination. The challenges are varied in difficulty and types to keep you entertained. They’re good for all ages.

You should plan a good 3 hours for this activity, wear comfortable shoes and be certain your phone is fully charged. As well, you’ll need a data plan as WiFi will not be enough. Further, a street map and bottled water could come in handy.

Things to do in Rotterdam? See the sites!

Things to do in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Over your 3-hour adventure through the city, you will see:

  • City Hall
  • Great Church of Saint Lawrence
  • Witte Huis
  • Cube Houses
  • Maritime Museum
  • Mariniersmuseum
  • Central Public Library
  • Lijnbaan
  • Theatre Place
  • Centraal Station

Learn more about the Rotterdam Tourist Scavenger Hunt on our description page.

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Are you into overlanding? How about really long road trips?

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overlandingOverlanding, as a growing trend and as a passion is a fairly new phenomenon. It’s still at a phase where the meaning of the word ‘overlanding’ needs to be explained from time to time.

I was recently exposed to the phenomena through shared interests. I didn’t know what the word meant besides its obviousness – or that people even did it, overlanding that is.

Think of it like a really long road trip where the point isn’t so much the destination, as it is the adventure you’ll have along the way. In other words, you might not plan for every stop you’ll make along the way, only a few more important stops. The point is to discover!

No really, what’s overlanding?

Overlanding originated in Australia where ranchers would drive cattle for long distances across the Outback. They did so on established travel routes, at their cattle’s pace and whims. These routes later became roads.

It isn’t off-roading because that involves traveling un-surfaces roads, or no roads at all. Overlanding isn’t about seeing what your truck or jeep can do, but what you can discover with it.

It isn’t a road trip either because that has a fixed destination. It usually has a fixed itinerary along the way with booked accommodations, people and things to see. Overlanding, as stated before, is all about the journey.

Overlanding usually involves carrying everything you’ll need for the journey. In other words, you’ll sleep in a tent or in the car and eat your own food most of the time.

Overland Site

The folks at Overland Site exposed me to this concept and it’s something I’d really like to do someday. It would be interesting to prepare a great number of Tourist Scavenger Hunts in a number of cities, explore and test them whenever we get there.

The infographic below really sums it all up!”

what is overlanding

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The best translation Apps for world travelers

What type of traveler are you? Do you travel predominantly to places where you can get around and be served relatively well in your own language? Do you travel with organized tours where language isn’t so much an issue because you have a guide to help with that? Or, do you venture past the beaten paths and take a chance you might not be understood where you’re going?

If you’re the last 2 groups, you definitely need a translation App for your smartphone. If you are in the 1st group, it might come in handy at times. Even if you can get service in English almost everywhere you go, the mother tongue may be something else. You may want to read signs or understand what someone is saying in another langue.

Among the best apps to translate languages are Google Translator, Microsoft Translator, Translate Voice, TripLingo, TextGrabber, WayGo, and Papago.

Of course, each individual app ad its own value-added features. Some translate up to 113 languages in a variety of methods:

  • Type to translate
  • Full-text translation
  • Real-time video translation
  • Camera mode
  • Speech-to-translate
  • Handwriting translation
  • Text to speech
  • Offline text-to-speech

All depending on where you are planning to go, and how you plan to use it, one of these apps is right for you.

The following infographic was originally posted on Daily Infographic on Nov.20th 2018

Translation Apps