Jaunted: You've traveled all over the world. How do you prepare when headed to a new destination?
Jaunted: Where are you headed next?
MacNiven: Cuba. I am going to try and kiss Fidel Castro. It's been a dream of mine for seven years. I met him once at a conference in 2002 and I missed my opportunity. Officially, I am doing film work profiling Cuba and its culture.
Jaunted: You chose your mother as your Competitours teammate, why?
MacNiven: I fantasized about doing Amazing Race with her, and I'd love to relive the Race with her as my partner. It's an opportunity to enjoy the competition without the exhausting pace of The Amazing Race.
Jaunted: What are her strengths as a teammate?
MacNiven: She's one of the smartest ladies I know. She was born in Africa and raised in England. She studied Zoology. She's a woman of the world. The Competitours adventure is more of an intellectual practice - and I'm looking forward to having a good time competing with her.
Jaunted: What's the best part of going on a Competitours adventure?
MacNiven: The thing I am most excited about is it lets children and parents share experiences. It merges different people and interests. You're doing things you might never do otherwise, and you get the chance to compete together as a team.
So, you're going to have to bring some serious brainpower and travel experience if you want to go head to head with Tyler and his mom. If you have an adventurous spirit and you still haven't heard back from Amazing Race producers about the last fourteen applications you've submitted, Competitours is your best bet. Besides, Tyler wants to see you out there. He'll be the one waiting for you on the finish mat.