We are excited to share with you some of the travel testimonials from our past adventurists, who have enjoyed life-changing journeys with us. If you are an adventure seeker in search of novel travel experiences, then our trips are definitively for you. Our past travellers have come from all over the world and have ranged dramatically in age, fitness level and ‘adventurousness’. Let’s just say that if you’re reading this and thinking: ‘that sounds fun’, you’re our kind of traveller.”
Most folks love their first trip so much, that they actually come back for a second (and even third) adventure. Some people have even chosen our adventure Challenges for marriage proposals, honeymoons, and wedding anniversaries! Perhaps it´s because we´re so passionate about creating unique and meaningful adventures with just the right balance of comfort, service standards and organisation rigour!
Challenger Amazon Challenge 2017
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“You go deep into places few have ventured”
Mike Corey (Canadian), Team Kick the Grind
“Putting the race aside for a second, the Amazon Challenge was the most authentic trip I have been on in my life as a traveller. You go DEEP into places few have ventured, and really feel like you’re getting the full experience. Its a great mix of challenge and immersion. For example, a spear throwing challenge in the middle of a tiny village where you have 100 locals cheering you on and laughing at your inability to throw a spear correctly at a tumbling wooden ball. My top 3 challenges: 1. Kayaking through the flooded rainforests of the Amazon. 2. Chilling with the Huitoto Shaman, and experiencing traditional Amazonian medicine. 3. Making a shelter, and sleeping in a hammock in the jungle, far from civilization. But really, the whole trip was WILD. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a challenge, and craves a life of trying new things. There were many firsts for us on this trip”.
Challengers Lanka Challenge Southern Route 2017
“It was exciting and life-changing for us”
3 British Women and 1 Tuk Tuk, The Sri Lankanshire Lasses
“As 3 blond, middle aged women, driving a Tuk Tuk around Sri Lanka, we were bound to attract a lot of attention and as competitors in the Lanka challenge it is fair to say that we were an unlikely team and by far the out and out underdogs. Our main aim was simply to get to the end and never at anytime did we contemplate winning it so no one was more surprised than we were when we did. We feel that if we can do this then anyone can. Each morning our adrenaline would be pumping anxious to see what was in store for us and only once the challenge was underway would we settle into some kind of normality. With the challenges being designed to prick the conscious, tackle your wherewithal and at the same time be enjoyable, I can honestly say that we have cried happy tears, cried sad tears and laughed until our faces ached.
The Lanka challenge is not easy, sometimes its quite scary and its tiring, but its also a huge amount of fun, its massively rewarding and its truly the best and most amazing holiday experience that we have ever had and we can’t recommend it enough”.
Challenger Lanka Challenge 2014 & Phili Challenge 2016
“Larger than life (minority)”
Christophe Beaumont (Dutch), Team Abusement Park
“As many experienced travelers, I tend to stay as far away as possible from anything “group organized”, so I was a little iffy the first time we came in touch with Large Minority. But as soon as we met everyone in Lanka all those worries were wiped away. The LM guys do a really great job at balancing out the ‘to be completed tasks’ of the challenge in a way that gives you freedom to complete them in a manner of your own choosing. It is an adventure!
In 2016 we were part of the pioneer pirates to sail the Philippines in the first edition of the Philippines Sailing Challenge, which was another great success! An extra added value on this adventure is that you get to hang out with your own local crew for the whole week. It’s a very cool way to attain some perspective on the destination, its culture and it’s people. We absolutely loved it!”
“The guys have this trip down to a fine art. “
Nicholas Tyral (Australian), Team TNT-oi
“The guys have this trip down to a fine art. During our travel we were far enough off the beaten track to feel this was a proper adventure but also supported just the right amount to know that if we really needed something we would be supported. The places we saw and the people that we met really made this an experience I will never forget. Getting to know the locals and truly interacting with them is was makes this type of travel special.
In 10 days I felt that we got to see Sri Lanka like few people do, real, honest and authentic.
Nick also has a blog, check it out here.
“A memorable life experience”
Chris O´rell (South African), Team Top Cougar
“Large Minority managed to strike the perfect balance between organisation rigour and genuine personal adventure. Their attention to detail, which was unflappable, did not in any way hinder the personal freedom and liberation of seeing the beautiful country, which is Sri Lanka, from the drivers’ seat of a tuk-tuk. We had the freedom to travel in our own time, interacting with the local flavour and culture from the disarming and conversational starting position of a tuk-tuk while knowing help, if required, was just a local call away and that our nights accommodation and meal was already organised to highest of standards. A great feat of organisational skill. I look forward to the next memorable life experience.”
“We had a fab time!”
Vicky Brentnall (British), Team Newlyweds
“Well they say your honeymoon should be something you never forget and this sure has been that!! Thanks to Julian and Juan from Large Minority for an amazing Cambo Challenge, we had a fab time and experienced Asia in a way you never would on your own. Unfortunately it has come to an end and we have to go home but the memories will last a lifetime…and we just have to start planning which challenge we do next!!”
Challenger Philippines Sailing Challenge 2016
“Perfect for anyone who likes a challenge”
Laura Davis (British), Team Hey Buoy Hey Girl
“The Philippines Sailing Challenge was unlike any other we’d been on. From the stunning surroundings to the friendly people, we couldn’t recommend the experience more highly. The sailing was ideal for beginners, with a fantastic group of Filipino guys forming the huge crew – and you’ll meet a great mix of people from around the world in the other teams too, all up for the experience. The ethical aspect of Large Minority was also a huge draw for us. Giving back to, and getting to know the local community was an important part of the experience. It’s exhausting, but in a good way… don’t think the organisation would in any way hinder your adventure – the planning massively improves it. Perfect for anyone who likes a challenge.”
“It was an epic trip”
Ryan Beall (American), Juan’s Kneken boat rentals, a MoMieux enterprise
“What can I say…the trip of a lifetime! I’ve been fortunate enough to have joined some of the previous Large Minority trips. The Amazon Challenge has a similar feel to the other Large Minority adventures – great group of people organizing and attending, authentic activities that bring us closer to the culture we are visiting, challenges that push us mentally and physically. On this trip, we trekked through the rainforest, canoed and swam down the river, stayed with local indigenous tribes (even went to a birthday party of one of their local tribal members!), fished for piranhas, competed in blow dart and spear throwing competitions, and more. Accommodations ranged from sleeping in a hammock you hang in the jungle to tribal homestays to hotels. It was an epic trip – you’re gone for a week, but it feels like you’re gone for a month!”
“A rewarding Challenge like no other”
Malcolm Chaney (Australian), Team Aussie Tukrobane
“Somedays…you are sitting at work in your cubicle, bored, and wishing you were doing something more exciting than spreadsheets– but what? Now close your eyes and imagine you are racing along in a half motorbike, half car, 3 wheeled contraption, the engine is deafening, and a bus is trying to pass you on the inside, and there is a cow on the road ahead. It is hot, humid and you are still feeling the after effects of the previous day (and nights) activities. Hang on! You focus, make room for the bus, you deftly avoid the cow, and you are on to your next adventure!
My son (Josh) and I completed the Lanka Challenge in 2012. I had heard about this event on a plane returning home from the USA, on the BBC channel. I knew immediately that was something I had to do. I enjoyed it so much, I returned in 2014, this time with my dear wife, Sandra (who is Sri Lankan). Each day you are set challenges, sometimes to get to a particular location (no GPS or Maps), then complete a fun but diabolical challenge, which in most cases taught us something about the local culture. I can thoroughly recommend the Lanka Challenge, especially for those of you interested in getting off the normal tourist trails. It is perfect for open minded, laid back people who are a tiny bit crazy. This is not a relaxing holiday, it is very much a very rewarding challenge like no other.”
“Tuk us to greatness”
Luke Harrison (Australian), Team Bruno Goes Wild
“Pre Lanka Challenge we thought that we had travelled the world comprehensively whilst haven experienced the depths of many cultures and adrenalin fuelled adventures. Post Lanka Challenge came the realisation that travelling abroad should not be done by a Lonely Planet book and thus better, Large Minority adventure travel. There is no day the same on Lanka Challenge, you think you’ve reached the pinnacle of the adventure and the endurance end of challenges yet next minute….(you’ll have to find out). A very unique adventure which not only covers the landscaped beauty of Sri Lanka but also respectfully connects you with the local communities and ancient traditions. Any adventure (worldwide) wouldn’t be so successful without the experienced team and support staff behind the scenes everyday.”
“Quite literally the adventure of a lifetime”
Lianne Dawes (British), Team Booty Tukkers
“Everyone I tell about my time on the Cambo Challenge, even those who have been to Cambodia, are jealous of it. It’s quite literally the adventure of a lifetime. On reflection this trip was incredible for so many reasons, of course the challenge of driving tuk tuks on bumpy, water logged, dusty roads, to unknown destinations, unable to speak the language was exciting (and at times frustrating) but we’d expected that. More though, the experience of meeting such incredible people who gave us a hand, petrol, a tyre, when our tuk tuks gave up, got the whole family and village involved in helping us find our way when we were lost, and were willing to welcome us in to their homes and share their stories with us, these are the experiences that I will truly treasure and that made the Cambo Challenge such an amazing trip!” Read her blog.
“The most incredible and rewarding trip ever”
Ross Letten (British), Team Tuk for a Ride
“Let me reiterate our thanks for organising such an amazing Lanka Challenge event. We’ve been travelling for over 40 years, and the Lanka Challenge is far and away the most incredible and rewarding trip I’ve ever done. The most admirable aspect was the ‘light touch’ achieved – never bossy or prescriptive, just gentle guidance and warning.”
“Mentally and physically challenging”
Tim Hartford (British), Team Tuxedo
“Who else can claim they have circumnavigated Sri Lanka and Cambodia driving a Rickshaw? Or bought fuel in a coke bottle whilst wearing pyjamas? I truly believe there is no better way to see a complete country and get down with the local culture. You just can’t do this on a tour. Make no mistake, this is a mentally and physically challenging adventure that will test you in many ways. The social side plays the biggest part – we made a great group of friends and every night was a party. LARGE minority gave us an expertly planned fully-inclusive holiday which would be nearly impossible to organise on your own, all for a great price and still supporting local charities. Bring on the next location!”
“I have never laughed so much”
Stewart “Sooty” Kreltszheim (Australian), Machangs on Tour
“You don’t get many opportunities to go on an adventure with a group of people from all corners of the globe who are intent on having a good time no matter what – I have never laughed so much!!! The Lanka Challenge was full of once in a lifetime events and it took you to places seldom seen by the normal tourist. By far the best part was the way it immersed you into local customs and local communities in a fun and adventurous way. I have made lifelong friends and created lifelong memories which will be hard to match. Thank you to the Large Minority Team for creating the space to have so much fun.”
“The trip has it all”
Tilde and Stina (Danish), Team Nurses on an Adventure
“We did it! We did the Lanka Challenge 2015 and what an adventure it was! This trip has it all. Here you don’t just see the country through the window of a bus. Driving around the country in a Tuk Tuk, interacting with the locals in various challenges and meeting the other participants from all over the world and all in name of charity. All logistics are organized for you. Just show up, have an open mind and enjoy.
You don’t need to be an expert driver. We are two nurses without years and years of driving experience and we come from a right side driving country (Sri Lanka has left side driving). We soon got the hang of it and enjoyed the many hours of driving through beautiful Sri Lanka. The challenges are fun and some of them can be quite difficult to solve, some teams are more competitive than others..;) but at the end of the day all the teams get together and socialize with good food and drinks.”
“Smart, creative, playful and good times”
Jamie Raskin (Canadian), Team Tanuki
“People keep asking me about the Cambo Challenge and I think I’ve nailed what makes it so incomparable for me, it’s all about the human interactions. The group were fun, switched on, non-competitive and from all over the map. The challenges got us past our barriers and into authentic Cambodian communities and interactions. The Large minority team were smart, creative, playful and good times. Traveling by tuk tuk was crazy, liberating and totally engaging with your surroundings, and Cambodia itself…half confronting, half embracing and incomparable throughout. We loved it.” Read their blog.
“The best way to test your fortitude”
Natasha Tome (Canadian), Team Flippin Fast
“The Lanka Challenge is the best way to test your fortitude, see a country ‘off the beaten track’ and interact with locals, which results in an unforgettable experience. It was great fun, and such a unique way to see the country. Wonderful friendships were forged, an insight into Sri Lanka was achieved, and memories made for a lifetime.”
“Two thumbs up!”
Warut Phanomphaithoon (Thai), Team Noodle Fantasy
“Who needs a tour guide when you can make your own way around Sri Lanka? Lanka Challenge was a fun-filling-10-day-trip with amazing people from all over the world. Lanka Challenge is definitively one of the world’s most adventurous activities. It’s not only about winning the Challenge but also about helping the kind people of Sri Lanka. It offers you a chance to absorb the Lankan culture and eventually turn into one of them for a while. Believe me when I say that Large minority’s team will make you do things Lankan style. Large minority has done it this time and I am sure they will do it again… Two thumbs up for the good people at Large minority and those who participated in the event in 2015.”
Challenger Lanka Challenge Northern Route 2017
“WOW did the Lanka Challenge deliver”
Daniella Morozak (Australian), Team Alice in Lanka Land
“We wanted something a bit out of the ordinary, something that would challenge us and truly expose us to the genuine side of Sri Lanka. Not just the normal touristy side but the raw and real Sri Lanka and… WOW did the Lanka Challenge deliver! The food, the landscape and the amazing people all mixed in with daily challenges and a little 3 wheeler to get us from start to finish – It truly was an epic adventure. We have amazing memories and at the risk of sounding cliche, it really was a once in a lifetime trip. I think Large Minority have sparked a new travel addiction and we are already planning our next challenge. See you soon Philippines! ”