MYSTERY 4.0: Into the No No Zone

Trip Region: MYSTERY
Country(ies): MYSTERY
Partners Trek? No
Cost: $4076
Airfare Estimate: $0
Structure: 2   •   Lodging: 3   •   Nightlife: 4   •   Activity: 2

Since 2013, the groundbreaking MYSTERY MTrek has been in search of the No-No Zone. MYSTERY 3.0 was last year’s sequel and the training ground where Dana and Meghan failed to reach the zone but collected valuable data used in this year’s search. What is the No-No Zone? The No-No Zone is a special place. Some cultures call it Valhalla others prefer Zion among other names. This year another (sacrificial) team of five brave MBA2s have determined to eschew the corporate 9 – 5 and find the No-No Zone. Whether you choose this venture is your choice, however, once committed understand that we will stop at nothing in locating the No-No Zone. In our search we are promising continental travel, ancient cities, boatloads of culture, further, boatloads of boat trips, and enough memories to bore the hell out of your section’s GroupMe. Armed with Ross’ elite, a “can-rage” attitude, and your help our expedition may uncover mysteries and much more.

**Note: Due to the mysterious nature of this trek, we have to purchase your plane tickets for you, so the trek price includes airfare. Dinners as well as some breakfasts and lunches are included on this trek.**

Day 1 — Friday, Aug 19

Shhhhh.... don't tell anyone, but we are getting started one day early with a pre-trip activities where you will meet your fearless leaders. We will discuss our mission's last minute details and we’ll get so weird the rest of the trip will seem normal. Make sure we determine what the “safe word” is.

Day 2 — Saturday, Aug 20

Make sure you wake up from yesterday! This is our maiden voyage. Ensure that you packed plenty of powdered pedyalite among your provisions. Meet us at an undisclosed location and we’ll “take care” of you. (Make sure to remember the “safe word.”) Get ready to travel between four and twenty-four hours as we embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Day 3 — Sunday, Aug 21

By now we will be settling into wherever we are going. And you'll be happy to know that this country is known for spirits and spectacular mix of ancient and modern. With some of the best WIFI coverage in all of the world, so ample time to post some selfies on Insta while David is checking in on the local Tinder scene. We'll walk old streets and visit sights older than antiquity. Then we might settle for taking a bus.

Day 4 — Monday, Aug 22

Hopefully by now we made connections with locals. We will need their help in securing leads. We will survey ancient artifacts and maps in hope of garnering clues. The leaders will ensure you get to see all this beautiful place has to offer, and will also be making inroads with local bartenders that will certainly pay dividends tonight, our final night in wherever it is we happen to be. We will play, not all play is adult play.

Day 5 — Tuesday, Aug 23

We set off yet again. You could be riding a camel, an alpaca, or perhaps we will kite-surf to our next location. There we will find ourselves in a city that shows the vestiges of an evil power that threatened all peace on Earth. We must be careful as we are not the only ones looking for the No-No Zone. There will be intrigue as we navigate the narrow passage ways to find out hotel. We’ll even find secret passage ways.

Day 6 — Wednesday, Aug 24

We have some promising leads from seedy characters. This will require that we ditch our handlers. This result in medium-to-low-speed-chase (We couldn’t afford insurance for higher speeds). We will have to take rickshaws, skateboards, motorbikes, and perhaps "borrow" a Land Rover in our escape. Once free we’ll slip past security to speak to our source.

Day 7 — Thursday, Aug 25

During our conversation with our source, our minders catch up and “silence” her. No time for mourning however. We have to move before we are “silenced” ourselves. We do have an idea of where to go. Luckily, Dan’s military experience is useful in commandeering various forms of travel.

Day 8 — Friday, Aug 26

Going as far as fuel permits the landscape changes. New languages are spoken and we are a step closer to the No-No Zone. Here we lay low from the previous day’s escapades. We have to blend into things, which involves eating local delicacies and drinking like the locals. We might have to take on new identities and work as farm hands while we lose heat. Dana’s expertise in evading capture and interrogation leads to success.

Day 9 — Saturday, Aug 27

We have shed ourselves and have joined the populace. David has in fact used his Tinder skills to find a new partner. Others have mounted successful businesses. We meet in a winery started by Meghan to plot our next moves. Putting clues together, and placing a call to Dan Brown (DaVinci Code), we determine that a mysterious order is keeping the No-No Zone a secret. We scheme our way in.

Day 10 — Sunday, Aug 28

Here is where the 80’s training montage/trope sets in. We can train but in one way and that is to rage. You can also dance your way out just be careful to learn from Jaime's mistakes (we will be collecting black mail, I mean photos for your mom). To get ready for the end we try to emulate the music video Big Pimpin’. There will be boats, booze, and flippy floppies. In preparation for our final mission we will summon Lindsey Lohan for dinner. This is a time honored Mystery trek activity. Channeling Lindsey as our animal spirit we will embark in the last leg of this journey.

Day 11 — Monday, Aug 29

In this final day, we confront the No-No Zone. By now hopefully it is understood that the No-No Zone is metaphor, otherwise a great plot device for this journey. By this point you would have traveled to many countries, embarrassed yourself beyond belief, drank like a sailor and you are ready to return to Ross. Once this epiphany hits it’s time to get cleaned up for a fancy dinner out on the town where we will toast ourselves for planning so many nights you won't remember and a trip you certainly won't forget. But enough about us, time to award you with superlative awards. Most likely to lose his/her dignity at Rick's? All of you just like all of us.