Whit­sun­days makes global bucket list

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

TWO Amer­i­can brothers have en­joyed the very best of the Whit­sun­days over the past week and will video-blog their ex­pe­ri­ences to the world.

Alex and Marko Ayling were the win­ners of the global MyDesti­na­tion.com’s ‘Big­gest Bad­dest Bucket List’ com­pe­ti­tion and chose the Whit­sun­days as one of only two Aus­tralian des­ti­na­tions on their six-month all­ex­penses paid trip around the world.

The brothers ar­rived in the Whit­sun­days last Thurs­day and their ac­tion-packed itin­er­ary over the past week has in­cluded a night un­der the stars at Reef­sleep, visit to Hamil­ton Is­land and Ocean Raft­ing trip to White­haven Beach.

Here, they got to hang out with their idol Best Job in the World win­ner Ben Southall and en­joy a cham­pagne bar­be­cue cooked by Ca­pers’ lo­calvore chef Tim White­horn.

On Satur­day, the brothers were awarded hon­orary ci­ti­zen­ship at the Air­lie Beach mar­kets.

Marko Ayling said they would love to come back one day and be­come per­ma­nent cit­i­zens.

“We had the chance to go any­where in the world and we just had to come to the Whit­sun­days - it’s not a bucket list trip with­out a visit to the Great Bar­rier Reef,” he said.

“We have seen a lot in a few days and hope that we can pro­mote the re­gion and in­spire oth­ers to have their own adventures in the Whit­sun­days.”

My Desti­na­tion Whit­sun­days man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tammy Smith said she was very grate­ful to ev­ery­one in­volved in cre­at­ing the boys’ itin­er­ary and “such mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences”.

“I just hope that it gets the Whit­sun­days name out there to the globe,” she said.

“There will be so many peo­ple they will be reach­ing out to with their blogs and “vlogs” and we want them to put us on their bucket list of things to do as well.” The brothers are act­ing as MyDesti­na­tion am­bas­sadors post­ing weekly video blogs and shar­ing their adventures from each of the 25 des­ti­na­tions with trav­ellers from all over the world. They can be found on Face­book, In­ta­gram and Twit­ter as @vagabroth­ers.

ICONIC VIEW: Big­gest, bad­dest bucket list com­pe­ti­tion win­ners Mark and Alex Ayling (left and cen­tre-right), with My Desti­na­tion Whit­sun­day man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tammy Smith and Best Job in the World win­ner Ben Southall (far right), vis­ited world-fa­mous White­haven Beach last week.

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