Originally Posted by mgkdragn
Although I can't speak for anyone but myself, I have lived in several different parts of the Country and have extensively visited others over the years, especially where I have relatives .. I don't think there is much of a way to insure any sort of truly neutral location ..
The way to make it as neutral as possible is to have challenges that aren't location dependent for the final leg. So, they should not have challenges like recognizing Coney Island and delivering pizzas and knowing the names of local landmarks (like Lombardi's Pizza) and they should make the navigating as simple as possible to minimize any home turf advantage. And they should have more challenges like the straight jacket and the greetings challenge.
Ironically, the Beekman's NY home turf advantage didn't help them at all.
BTW, I'm wondering if they banned the use of travel guides and phrase books that the teams tend to purchase along the way on the final challenge. I was expecting the teams to pull out a couple of phrase books and knock out a few of the countries. But no one seemed to use any phrase books or notes of any kind.