Winners of My Destination's Biggest Baddest Bucket List
Marko (left) and Alex Ayling, of San Diego, in Arrowtown
recently. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
Brothers Alex and Marko Ayling have just finished what
was quite possibly the best job in the world - visiting 26
destinations across the world in 24 weeks.
Hailing from San Diego, the brothers won a global
competition, Biggest, Baddest Bucket List, run by My
Their prize: an all-expenses paid around the world blogging
trip, which has seen them visit places such as Ireland,
Scotland, England, Istanbul, Bali, Tanzania, Zimbabwe,
British Columbia and Brazil - ending in New Zealand last
The trip, described as ''a tasting menu'' of travel, had been
documented in their online blogs and videos as they looked at
the historical, political and cultural aspects of their
destinations, along with the typical tourism attractions, and
had attracted 53,000 subscribers.
In Queenstown they sampled wine at Amisfield, visited the
Chinese Village in Arrowtown, took a ride on the Shotover
Jet, enjoyed a helicopter ride, went hang-gliding, mountain
biked and completed the Nevis Bungy - no mean feat for Marko,
terrified of heights.
It was the perfect ending to six months of hard work -
recording and editing about 400GB of footage a week,
totalling 15 terabytes by the time they arrived in New
"It's hard for people to understand it's a very ... big
amount of work.
"We'll go and see a place ... when we're finished, we go back
and start editing last week's video,'' Marko said.
"We don't focus a lot on how much work it is because it's so
much fun,'' Alex said.
"This ... is not about us, it's about showing people how much
there is in the world.
"You can't have the coolest job in the world and expect to
have your feet up.''
Following their visit to Queenstown the pair travelled to
Wellington, Auckland and Rotorua, with their trip including a
visit to the Weta Workshop, Zorbing, a Sky Tower jump and
The New Zealand video is likely to be uploaded on
mydestination.com/bbb towards the end of January.