Auckland couple travel around world in 23 days

20:32, May 08 2012
BON VOYAGE: Saskia van Waayenburg and her partner Andrew Parsonage were crowned the world’s best travelers.

An Auckland couple has been around the world in 23 days and scooped a prize for doing so, but say they need a second vacation to recover.

Greenhithe’s Saskia van Waayenburg, and her partner Andrew Parsonage were crowned the world’s best travelers on Saturday after winning a travel adventure competition similar to television reality show The Amazing Race.

They used clues to navigate their way around four continents, covering 40,000km, for The Global Scavenger Hunt which kicked off mid-April and finished over the weekend.

Destinations included Taiwan, Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Oman and Cyprus with their journey ending in Washington DC.

Investment banker Parsonage says they feel very lucky to have won the event.

"We literally went on a blind date with the world, from riding in horse carriages and climbing sacred mountains to helping orphans and visiting ancient bazaars—it was truly amazing!”

However, he says they are exhausted and jokes they need a second vacation to recover from the first.

Van Waayenburg, a teacher, says they worked hard together, depended on the kindness of strangers and trusted their combined travel skills and instincts to take the title.

The couple, who named their team You’re Not in Guatemala Now Dr Ropata, competed against 19 other pairs in the eighth annual event.

Funds raised during the event go to charities such as KIVA, the Nomad Foundation, and Free the Children, to build schools and provide micro loans.


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