Each contestant in turn is given a category and must decide whether to play it or pass to an opponent. A question is then asked; a contestant who answers incorrectly, or who passes to an opponent who answers correctly, is put "in the red." Only one contestant can be in the red at any given time; this contestant is skipped in the order of play, but can have questions passed to them.
This round is played four times, lasting approximately 75 seconds per playing. When time runs out, the contestant in the red is eliminated from play. A lottery draw is held after the fourth playing.
As in round one, each contestant in turn is given a category and may either play it or pass to the opponent. A correct answer scores one point, while a miss awards the point to the opponent. The first contestant to score four points advances to the final, after which two more lottery draws are held.
When the show was broadcast live on Saturdays, a buzzer question about the location visited by the previous week's winner was asked to determine initial control. Following the move to Wednesdays, the contestant who had missed fewer questions in round one played first.
Both the remaining studio contestant and the previous week's champion (playing via satellite from their latest vacation site) don blindfolds and headphones during the second draw at the end of round two, so that they cannot see or hear the numbers drawn. They are then shown the first number, and the studio contestant must guess whether the next number was higher or lower. A correct guess allows them to select a category from a list of six, while a miss allows the champion to select instead. The studio contestant is then asked a question in that category, scoring one point for a correct answer or awarding one to the champion for a miss.
Control alternates between the two participants, with the one in control making the high/low guess based on the last revealed number and then answering a question. The first to score three points wins the vacation and takes/keeps the championship. If the studio contestant loses in this round, they are invited back to compete on the following week's episode.