The adventure begins...
The waiting is over! Marko and Alex have finally kicked off their epic 6 month trip around the world and you get to follow them every step of the way (minus the jeg lag, mosquito bites and overnight sleepers...)
Check out their exploits both right here, and on our sparkly new YouTube channel.
But beware of the #serioustravelenvy
Bucket List Boys Blast Off!
Ever wondered what would happen if there was a competition out there where you could win the chance to go out and see the entire world, all expenses paid with $50,000... more »
Boats, Blackcomb and Behemoths in BC
BBB winner's Alex and Marko discover British Columbia's natural beauty... With their itinerary mapped out, their bags packed and their farewells firmly finished the 'Biggest Baddest Bucket List' winners Marko and Alex had nothing more to do but hit the road. First stop? British Columbia, Canada. More »
Finding Shangri-La in BC
My brother and I are silent as our boat slowly drifts past the tall wooden towers tucked in the treeline. They rise above the forest floor, just above the reach of the local black bears, protecting the long pink strips of salmon inside swaying gently in the wind blowing off the mountains. More »
In Mayan Territory: Exploring Earth, Sky & Underworld
After a very early start in Vancouver, the brothers jetted down south to discover balmier climes. Headed to the Riviera Maya - a sandy oasis dotted along the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico's Caribbean coastline - the boys could hardly contain their excitement. Set upon discovering the world of the ancient Maya civilisation, Marko and Alex hoped to penetrate the three layers of their existence - Earth, Sky and Underworld. More »
Top 10 Riviera Maya
Situated on the tropical shores of the Yucatan Peninsula, the Riviera Maya mixes white-sand beaches, all-night parties, luxury resorts and indigenous culture like nowhere else in Mexico. More »
Surf, Shrimps and Silly Point in Barbados...
It's fair to say the famous Bajan welcome awaited Alex and Marko as they touched down in Bridgetown airport as their hosts - My Destination Barbados franchises Sally and Keith Miller - greeted them, cool beers in hand. Checked into their accommodation (the plush Crane Resort on the south-east coast) they began their seven day adventure into the heart and soul of this iconic Caribbean hotspot. Here is a taste of what they got up to... More »
7 Days in Barbados...
"My bucket list?" asked Marvin, leaning farther back into his lounge chair and brushing a dreadlock from his face. "You mean, what do I want to do before I die?" I nodded, but Marvin just chuckled and pointed towards the blue sea before us. "Here on Barbados, what more could we ask for? We already live in paradise." It was only our second day in the Caribbean, but I was quickly realizing how right Marvin was... More »
Beachside Yoga, Rafting & Rainforests
After leaving Barbados in a bit of a rum-induced haze (well, it was their annual carnival after all), Marko and Alex set sail for their next destination: Costa Rica. More »
'Pura Vida' in Costa Rica
Thick drops of tropical rain pelt my face as I stretch my hand skywards and search for a grip on the slippery cliff space. I pull my bare foot up to another hold and push myself up onto the ledge, turning around for the first time to look at the gorge below me. The rain is pouring into the Costa Rican rain forest, swelling the river and amplifying the force of the waterfall that roars just meters to my left. More »
Ecuador: Heritage, Haciendas and the Andes
After leaving the tropics of Costa Rica, Alex and Marko headed to the cooler climes of the Ecuador's Andes region. Venturing 3,000 metres into the mountains, the duo was met by an assortment of cultures and wildlife, as Ecuador is home to 17 nationalities and an array of indigenous fauna. More »
Adventure in the Andes
Before coming to Ecuador, I equated the equator with the tropics. Now, 3,000 meters in the Andes, I am coming to realize how misguided I was. Ecuador is a country of immense diversity - both ethnically and biologically. Though Ecuador is only the size of the UK or Colorado, it is home to 17 nationalities, 25,000 species of plants and nearly double the number of birds as the US and Canada combined. As a visitor, the first decision and hardest decision is which region to visit: the Galapagos, the Amazon, the coast or the Andes. We chose the latter. More »
Hiking, Hang-gliding and Helicopters in Brazil
Concluding their epic trek through the Americas, Brazil is the latest country to be scratched off Marko and Alex's destination map. After a series of flights crisscrossing South America, the boys touched ground in the tropical state of Pernambuco. Eager to ditch the backpacks and explore Brazil, Marko and Alex sought to tread as much ground as humanly possible. With only one week to spare, however, destinations had to be carefully selected. With their sights set on the northeastern beaches of Recife and the iconic city of Rio de Janeiro, the familiar flow of their hectic daily travel diary soon returned. More »
On A Wing and A Prayer
The Vagabrothers take two very different Brazilian destinations in their stride this week, as they visit both iconic Rio de Janeiro and the quieter coastal town of Recife. From football stadium excursions and cruising on jangadas to letting loose in a local samba club, these boys are showing no signs of slowing down just yet!
Fjords, Fermented Shark and Popping in on the President in Iceland
After two back-to-back red eye flights Marko and Alex arrived bleary eyed (but bushy tailed) in Iceland's capital – Reykjavik. After spending the past six weeks experiencing the warmth of the Caribbean and South America sunshine the shock to their system was severe. Piling on the layers as they navigated their way to the hostel Marko could already feel a fever taking hold. Once checked into the trendy Kex Hostel exhaustion took over and as Marko's fever worsened day one was spent in bed trying to re-gain his good health. But, come day two, where better to go when in need of some TLC than the mineral-rich geothermal pool - The Blue Lagoon? More »
Iceland: Behind the Scenes
The Vagabrothers get a taste of what life in Iceland is really like for locals in this week's episode, as they try some of the more unique dishes the Nordic nation has to offer. See how they took inspiration from Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth and find out if they had the gall to go and meet with the Icelandic president.
Iceland's Natural Wonder
Never have we experienced such a dramatic change in climate and culture as when we flew from Rio de Janeiro to Reykjavik, Iceland. After six weeks in the tropics, we pulled out our parkas and stepped into the arctic. At 66° north of the equator, Reykjavik is the northernmost capital in the world and the biggest city in Iceland. It's home to almost two thirds of Iceland's 310,000 inhabitants, and a base for most travelers to the region. More »
Haggis, Heraldry and Horseplay in Edinburgh
With a reinvigorated sense of energy, Marko and Alex set off to explore the rolling hills of Scotland’s capital: Edinburgh. A destination close to both their hearts - the boys spent last New Year's Eve at Hogmanay, Scotland's largest annual festival – nostalgia took over from touchdown. Met by the local My Destination reps, Paul and Sara, the boys were whisked off to a plush penthouse location known as 'The Chambers'. Nestled in Edinburgh's historic Old Town, this lavish spot was just what the doctor ordered after a few months of constant travel. More »
Culture, Castles & Kilts in Edinburgh
We knew Edinburgh would be different than other destinations. The capital of Scotland was perhaps not the most exotic of our choices, but it was one of our top picks for one reason: culture. It was not our first time to Scotland. We'd actually come here last New Year's to celebrate the infamous Scottish festival of Hogmanay and make our first attempt at a full-length travel episode. We returned to Scotland for the same reason of our first visit: Scotland is an ancient land with a firm grasp on its unique cultural identity, easily one of the most distinctive region in the United Kingdom. In Scotland, traditions run deep and locals are more than happy to share them with you. More »
Tourists, Towers and Tea
Finding themselves back in Blighty and the country's capital, London was a welcome respite for the Vagabrothers. A familiar city, full of familiar faces (BBB Top 10 contestant Ceara and the beaming faces of the My Destination HQ team, of course!), the pair decided to explore from an uber-tourist's perspective. And what's first on an uber-tourist's sightseeing list? London's iconic landmarks of course! More »
From London Sights to a Sussex Saxon Warrior
London was a milestone. Two full months on the road, a third of the trip completed, our last stop in familiar territory. As we touched down in Heathrow, we looked at the week very optimistically. It was a chance to enjoy the capital of the UK, handle some visa applications and trip planning with My Destination HQ, and to fulfill one of our more personal bucket list items: finding our family's roots. More »
Kebabs, Bazaars and a Rough Bath
Fresh off the plane from London, the Vagabrothers approached Turkey's largest city with a building sense of excitement and intrigue. Right on the merging point of two continents, Istanbul represented the boundary between the familiarity of Europe and the exoticness of Asia - and the boys couldn't wait to delve into the mysteries of its culture, tradition and religious rituals. First up, the essential sights that everyone should experience when visiting the city for the first time; the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. The brothers headed to Sultanahmet, the oldest part of Istanbul and home to these three fascinating buildings. More »
Dervishes, Belly Dancers & Dunking's in Istanbul
Istanbul excited our imagination from the first day of this trip. It's where east meets west, Asia touches Europe, and history and tradition live alongside one of the world's most modern cities. It's a new chapter in our journey. Until now, we've been in relatively familiar ground: we speak the languages of the Americas, and Western Europe isn't the biggest jump from back home. But Istanbul threw us out of our element – and we loved it. Immediately after landing we had our faces glued to the windows of the taxi, watching the minarets pass by, smelling the scent of a new land, and wondering what the week would have in store. More »
The Vagabrother's Six Point Plan to Discover the Real Kazakhstan...
Week eleven and the Vagabrothers hit Kazakhstan! Marko and Alex have made no secret of their eagerness to explore Kazakhstan and learn more about a nation that is largely unknown, outside perhaps the country’s most well-known fictional tourist, Borat. Stepping off the flight in Almaty the first task at hand was to secure a taxi to get them to the Kazakhstan Hotel. Easier said than done when the line of taxi drivers saw the dollar signs as soon as they came into view. Eventually, however, their negotiation got them a ride and as the sun started to rise they slid into bed to get a much needed power nap before their real Kazakh adventure began. More »
Life in the Land of the Free
Alex and Marko are in central Asia, making a case for why the world's 9th largest country shouldn't be overlooked by travellers looking for a really BIG adventure. From food tasting to music playing in Almaty to lacing up their boots in the beautifully vast backcountry, watch and learn as the boys get well and truly stuck in to incredible Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan: Behind the Scenes
The Vagabrothers get a taste of celebrity life in this week’s episode, as they're whisked from airport to press conference in the blink of an eye... and followed into the mountains by the media! Away from the frenzy, they meet some friendly nomads and try more than their fair share of mare's milk.
Hills, Horses & Hospitality in Kazakhstan
No destination has challenged our preconceptions like Kazakhstan. Like many English-speakers, before we came here the first thing we associated with Kazakhstan was Borat, the satirical movie by that portrays Kazakhs as backwards, awkward, and intolerant – hardly a positive image! The reality we found could not be farther from the truth, and we used our week to move past these misconceptions and portray Kazakhstan as we saw it with our own eyes. More »
Seeing Double in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Having swung from trees in British Colombia, climbed ancient ruins in Mexico and soared above Sugar Loaf Mountain in Brazil, it was time for Marko and Alex to head to the Persian Gulf. Venturing into the sandy depths ofDubai to enjoy the glittering megacity, the boys celebrated their halfway travel mark in style. Joining them to share in the triumph were YouTube sensations and twin brothers, Jack and Finn Harries from JacksGap. Proving that four heads are better than two – or more trouble at least – this merry band of brothers embarked on one of the most epic itineraries yet (well they were celebrating after all)! More »
Dubai: Vagabrothers VS JacksGap (Behind the Scenes)
After three months of travelling Alex and Marko have reached the halfway point of their trip - so this week they had to pull off something special. Bringing out their good friends Jack and Finn from JacksGap.com, they faced dune buggies, scuba diving, a crash landing and belly dancing - enough to make James Bond seem ordinary!
The Thrills and Spills of Dubai
Dubai was a fitting spot to mark the halfway point of our journey. For one, it is a global crossroads, capitalizing on its location and abundant petroleum reserves to transform from a sleepy pearl diving port into a mega-modern city and a transportation hub between Europe, Africa and Asia. It is also a city of extravagance – well suited for celebration. More »
Discovering the Beauty of Oman
Oman has been number 1 on my bucket list since starting this trip. Nowhere else enchanted me like this mysterious country on the south-eastern corner of Arabia, and yet all I knew about it was from books.
I'd read it was unlike the rest of the Middle East: green and lush, a land of castles, mountains, and seaports, rumored to be the birthplace of Sinbad the Sailor and home to a maritime empire that once stretched from East Africa across the Indian Ocean. But what would it be like today? More »
Nature Calls in Oman
Leaving Jack and Finn of JacksGap and the sparkling city of Dubai behind, the Vagabrothers headed straight on to the neighbouring Arab country of Oman. Having only read about the country previously, Alex and Marko were expecting a land of lush greenery, epic mountain ranges and a scattering of fortresses in the maritime empire. More »
Wildlife Watching and Meeting the Maasai
Week 14 found the Vagabrothers living out their Discovery Channel fantasies on the plains of Africa. To be precise, the famous Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Their safari adventure began in the regional capital of Arusha, a bustling town that serves as the gateway to safari destinations such as the Serengeti. Spending their first night in Africa in the relaxing setting of the Rivertrees Country Inn, the boys had a chance to recharge their flagging batteries – a life of constant travel takes its toll! More »
Safari, Shanga and Sundowners in the Serengeti
Visiting the Serengeti has been a dream since childhood. Watching the Discovery Channel while growing up in suburban America, it was almost impossible to conceive of a land free of highways where animals as large as elephants, giraffe, zebra and lions roamed freely. More »
Ticking off an extreme three in Zimbabwe
For Marko and Alex, landing in Harare, Zimbabwe meant one thing to them; the chance to check off a big three from their bucket list. Usually Queenstown in New Zealand is considered the extreme sports capital of the world, but Zimbabwe certainly gives it a run for its money. More »
Action & Adrenaline in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe held three major bucket list activities: witnessing Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world; white-water rafting down the Zambezi River, one of the main arteries of Africa; and conquering my life-long fear of heights by bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge. Our week in Zim promised to make some serious progress on our bucket list and provide an adrenaline-fueled complement to last week's tranquil safari in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. Flying in from Tanzania, we spent our first night at Ballantyne's Lodge in the capital of Harare regrouping and planning out the week More »
Side Cars, Surfing and Street parties in Cape Town
Concluding their explorations of Africa, the Vagabrothers found themselves in Cape Town. A charismatic city filled with dramatic scenery, colourful streets and an overarching chilled vibe, the boys settled into somewhere perfectly suited to their personalities. More »
Cape Town: Behind the Scenes
This week the Vagabrothers explore the colourful land of Cape Town. After capturing some stunning footage by helicopter, they shoot the breeze with a famous local surfer, and come nose to nose with a great white shark! This marked the perfect fin-ish to their African stay.
Sharks, Side Cars & Choppers in Cape Town
Cape Town was the perfect place to conclude our travels in Africa. Each destination thus far had shown us a different side of the continent: wildlife on the Serengeti, nomadic tribes in the land of the Maasai, relaxation on Lake Kariba, and a double dose of adrenaline at Victoria Falls. By contrast, Cape Town was our first urban experience and by far the most cosmopolitan city on the continent. More »
So many of you have asked us 'When is your next competition?' Well, let us catch our breath back with this one first :) but leave us your email address we'll let you know as soon as we're ready to kick it off again!