Raise your hand if you remember the 2009 “Best Job in the World” campaign launched by Queensland, Australia where travelstoked content creators could compete for a dream job to become an “island caretaker” in the Great Barrier Reef and document their time there (official duties included snorkeling, sailing, and collecting the island mail) through blogs and videos on a salary of $150,000.
I entered. I didn’t win. It took me years to get over the upset.
The Queensland tourism board struck gold with this “job posting.” Not only did they receive over 34,000 entrants, but they were the first to execute this kind of campaign, receiving millions of dollars worth of impressions, website traffic, and media coverage. One might say it was the most effective ad campaign ever for its time.
So it’s no surprise that Tourism Queensland would become a serious trendsetter. Now, there are LOTS of ways you can compete for a “dream job” traveling around the world and getting paid doing things one — literally — could only dream of. Like drinking booze, eating pizza, or hiking. No joke.
So, if you’ve ever dreamt of how you can get paid to travel, this list is for you. Read on, dear wanderer.
8 Ways to Compete For a “Dream Job” of Being Paid to Travel
Beautiful Destination’s Content Creator
Beautiful Destinations, a visual creative agency, is seeking someone with a great eye to join their family of photographers who are sent around the world to capture images and create content for their clients. This might be the coolest job ever for a photographer that loves adventure.
A boozy gin and tonic delivery box is looking for a Gintern to travel around Europe visiting distilleries, attending parties, and testing new mixes twice a week for a salary of about $26,000. Not too shabby if you like a good G&T.
Pizza Hut’s All-American
If you like pizza and college sports then hold on to your pigskin, because Pizza Hut is looking for an “All-American” — a pie-eating, college sports-loving, energy-bringing representative of pizza that will be tasked with traveling around the US during the 2016-2017 NCAA Division 1 tournaments delivering pizza and smiles to fans via social media, blog, and video content for a salary of $50,000. Hopefully they’ll throw in a gym membership, too.
Italy’s Barter Week
Not exactly a “get paid to travel” gig, but pretty close — Italy celebrates their annual “Barter Week” from November 14-20th, giving away free nights stays in local B&B’s in exchange for services like photography, maintenance, or other skills you might bring to the table. While there’s an official barter week in Italy, most B&B’s actually offer this exchange year-round. The more you know.
National Rail’s Chief Adventure Officer
Britain’s National Rail seeks a CAO between the ages of 16-25 to ride the rails and vlog about their journey. Pay will be about $12,000 for this part-time gig, but you’ll get to visit up to seven destinations of your choice.
Alfa’s Chief Explorer
Hiking boot company Alfa seeks a Chief Explorer to hike their way through Norway putting their boots to the test and documenting the journey on their Facebook page. UPDATE: This position has unfortunately been filled.
Cape Brenton’s Market Worker
If moving around isn’t your thing but you heart being close to nature, the Canadian Island of Cape Brenton, off the coast of Nova Scotia, is offering a position at the Farmer’s Daughter Country Market and two acres of land if you decide to move there. Not exactly the sexiest “dream job,” but it’ll do if you’re a community-focused, small town-loving, simple kind of life-type dreamer.
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