NEW YORK, September 26, 2012
CheapOair announced today the two finalists for its “Traveler of the Year” competition, the contest in search of the traveler who can best demonstrate how to travel the world for less. Votes were cast and the pool of ten semi-finalists was narrowed down to two, with Todd Van Duzer and the duo of “Captain & Clark” coming out on top. Van Duzer will travel to China and “Captain & Clark” will travel to India, along with $7,500 of travel money courtesy of CheapOair.
Todd Van Duzer has traveled to 25 countries and is a skilled photographer, capturing his many excursions via image and sharing them via his various social media platforms. Todd’s strong desire to share his passions in life, especially when it comes to travel, makes him a perfect contender in the final round of the “Traveler of the Year” competition.
Team “Captain & Clark,” also individually known as Chris Staudinger and Tawny Clark, met at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2008 and have since been traveling the world together in pursuit of taking on different “extreme” adventures. The two formed a pact to acquaint themselves with the world, and themselves, by continuously journeying to new locations that enrich their lives, not their bank accounts.
The Traveler of the Year Voter Prize was also awarded to Jen Gray, a voter in the competition, who was selected at random to win a $500 credit to be used to book travel with CheapOair.
“The Traveler of the Year competition has seen terrific success since it first launched and we’re thrilled to announce the two contestants who will compete in the final round,” said Peter Howard, chief marketing officer at CheapOair. “We believe that both Todd and team ‘Captain & Clark’ fully convey a natural ability to travel the world for less, and we’re excited to see how each one documents their trip to China or India. In the end, there can only be one to hold the title of ‘Traveler of the Year.'”
Votes were cast via the “Traveler of the Year” website, and voters could share their favorite semi-finalist’s video via Facebook and Twitter. The two finalists were verified and chosen based on the total number of unique votes, with one vote counted per unique email address.