The world’s first nationwide game of hide-and-seek is about to take place in Belize, and US citizens can get in on the action.
Before we get your hopes up with some sort of national melee with hundreds of thousands of people hiding and seeking at once, that’s not how this is going to work. The game is being sponsored by the Belize Tourism Board, and it’s more like an all-expenses-paid vacation contest than a huge game of hide-and-seek.
To start, there will only be five people playing: 4 hiders and 1 seeker. The hiders will be ensconced at various relaxing locations around Belize, while the seeker gets to go on a national trek through the Belizian countryside to try and look for all four hiders.
The seeker will have the benefit of a guide to help them traverse the country, and they’ll also get a series of clues to help them track down the hiders. Given the overall tone of the contest, it seems that the hiders will be in cushy resorts until it’s time for the seeker to go find them, at which point they’ll be taken to a remote tourist attraction, such as The Great Blue Hole or the Altun Ha Mayan ruins.
Or they could just be relaxing on the beach all day. The specifics of the Hider’s requirements weren’t published on the rules page.
The game will last one week in November, with the seeker only winning if all four hiders are found.
To enter the contest and win a chance at an all-expenses-paid trip to Belize, email firstname.lastname@example.org with either “Hider” or “Seeker” in the subject line. Four random hiders and one random seeker will be selected and flown down to Belize for their week-long game of hide-and-seek.
Unfortunately, the contest is only open to US residents (Americans make up more than half of Belize’s visitors annually), and you must be 18 years or older to enter. The Belize Tourism Board has already received over 500 entries, so now’s the time to get your name in and possibly win a trip to beautiful Belize.