Queenstown residents are being encouraged to enter a global
competition, creating the ''Biggest, Baddest Bucket List''
for My Destination, where the winner will receive a
six-month all-expenses-paid trip around the world and
$US50,000 in prize money. Photo supplied.
Queenstown residents are being encouraged to enter a
global blogging competition, the winner of which will receive a
six-month, all inclusive blogging trip around the world, to at
least 25 destinations, and US$50,000 ($NZ59,500) prizemoney.
The competition, run by My Destination in conjunction with
international associated, including Hotels.com, Travelex and
Viator, opened on Monday and closes on March 31.
The winner would have six months to travel the world - with
all expenses paid - blogging, meeting locals in each
destination and taking part in ''challenges'' ranging from
visiting a landmark, tasting a local delicacy, staying with a
family and experiencing ''adrenaline pumping'' activities.
The successful entrant would create their own itinerary and
blog for My Destination throughout the trip, keeping their
family, friends and people around the world up-to-date with
After completing the challenges and blogging tasks, the
prizemoney would be waiting for the winner on their return,
to spend on anything they wanted.
Destination Queenstown chief executive Graham Budd said the
competition was a great opportunity to showcase Queenstown to
a global audience.
''Who better to unearth the best things to do in Queenstown
than the people that live here?''It's a great chance for
locals to generate image-rich Queenstown content which will
be shared around the world.
''I encourage as many locals as possible to either enter or
engage in the voting process to help us reach the final top
''It would be great for a Queenstowner to take out the title
and win the trip of a lifetime for their efforts,'' Mr Budd
Tourism Queensland's ''Best Job In The World'' winner Ben
Southall would preside over the entrants as a guest judge.
Mr Southall said winning the competition in 2009 was a
''life-changing experience'' and he was looking forward to
helping choose the winner of the ''Biggest, Baddest Bucket
''I haven't looked back since winning in 2009 and I'm
delighted to see an amazing travel blogging opportunity that
really looks to get under the skin of so many destinations
around the world.''
To apply for the competition people had to create a video
application in English, up to three minutes long, speaking
about their favourite destination in the world - be it where
they live, where they had their best holiday or the place
they've always dreamed of visiting.
The video then needed to be uploaded, with a completed
application form and travel blog-style entry to www.mydestination.com/bbb.
The video and blog entry could be of two different locations.
Ten candidates would be chosen for the voting short list -
five picked by My Destination and five selected by ''the
A final round of voting would open on April 12, the top three
finalists would be selected on April 26 and the winner
announced on May 7, before the ''trip of a lifetime''
beginning on June 8.