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Van-Tastic Adventures Winners Announced!

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 28 July 2010 | Views [2707]

33,000 kilometers, 12 months, 7 states and heaps of adventure activities...finally it's time to announce the winners of the Van-Tastic Adventures roadtrip competition. 

Congratulations Willie Concepción and Andrew Adams, the Van-Tastic Adventures Northern Territory roadtrip team!

The American comedy duo spent 6 weeks motoring through the Northern Territory - entertaining us with their antics throughout the roadtrip. From flirting with kangaroos to alleged UFO sightings, they explored the all that the legendary outback of Australia had to offer.

Willie Concepción is originally from Miami, Florida and Andrew Adams from Baltimore, Maryland. The two met at university where together they honed their filmmaking and directing skills, as well as their comedic talent. However, it was their passion for travel and adventure that led them to apply for the WorldNomads.com Van-Tastic Adventures competition.

What do they win?

Seven teams of travellers from across the world were in competition for the title of the ultimate Aussie roadtrip. It was a close vote, but Willie and Andrew are taking home the prize - and the title.

They truly captured the spirit of a roadtrip during their six weeks in the van, and in their winning video: How to Survive in the Northern Territory.

They will be taking home the $10,000 cash prize as well as two flights with Virgin Blue.

Their Reaction to Winning

Willie is working at as a camp counselor; he’s not allowed to answer his phone. When we call to tell him the news, he sneaks into the nearest closet to talk. Andrew is at the Flaming Lips concert in Central Park. When we call him, he runs through the crowd to where he can hear better (as the band is coming out on stage in human-size hamster balls).

The realization comes in bursts. First it's overwhelming. Then confusing. Do people realize what won? Our videos had fart jokes in them, and highlighted playground games like "Safety." But mostly I feel humbled and incredibly joyous that people enjoyed watching.'   - Willie

'It's affirming, really, which is what's most valuable to me. Willie and I both chose to study arts in college, knowing full well how low the rate of success is in such fields. So to earn such an amazing opportunity in the first place, and then to know that our work touched people in such a way and was actually entertaining -- it means a lot. It lets us know that we didn't make a mistake, and that we were right to study what we love.'- Andrew

What will they do with all that cash?

'I was about ready to quit acting because I wasn't sure that my career was going anywhere. Then this news came. And now I KNOW that this is the only thing I want to do with my life. So I've decided to save the money and use it to make a feature film.' – Willie

'Together we're working on a script, a dark comedy that we can make on a super low budget. Using the award money, we're hoping to get a nice camera, to move to New York and get involved in the comedy and film scenes there, and to start funding a film. Basically, we're hoping to use the money to launch careers in film. We're also hoping to use the recognition in pitches to other tourism bureaus, ideally ones that would fund more travel and more videography. - Andrew

Just winning the road trip was a dream come true, but now all the additional rewards can make all the rest of our dreams a reality, too. This award has rejuvenated us and reaffirmed all the risky decisions we've made up to this point. It's an honor. Thank you so much for taking a risk on two wacky guys that live their lives by the "Yes And" rules of improvisation. And we're really sorry about all the fart jokes.' - Willie & Andrew

Roadtrip Adventure Pack winner

Just for voting and leaving a roadtrip tip, punters were entered to win a roadtrip adventure pack including: iPod Touch 32GB$100, iTunes voucher, MacBook Pro 15", iPhone 32GB, Canon Legria HF20 video camera, WorldNomads.com adventure travel kit

The winner of the pack is Naomi Edmondson! Here is our favourite, and quite original roadtrip tip:

'For a cooked breakfast where ever you are-wrap some bacon in tin foil and wrap around some pipes that get really hot under the bonnet. Start driving and after a short while put the fans on in the car.Once you can really smell bacon coming through the vents it cooked- voila bacon sarnies on the road!' - Naomi

Thank you!

WorldNomads.com would like to thank our travel community for your interest in the Van-Tastic Adventures competition. From your video applications to your votes, your support has helped to showcase all of the great adventures and roadtrip opportunities in Australia.

Hope to see you on the road!

Tags: adventures, australia, campervan, funny, itinerary, northern territory, outback, oz, roadtrip, van-tastic adventures

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