It’s that time of the year — and it’s a good one if you dream of getting into the travel industry. Summer’s on the horizon and companies around the world are posting openings for dream travel jobs that will actually pay you to travel and contests that will give you the chance to travel the world for free. A handful of opportunities for aspiring travelers caught our attention. But don’t delay: They won’t be around for long.
Travel the World Dream with The Points Guy
This one-of-a-kind dream travel internship will have you wishing you were a college student or a recent grad – or celebrating the fact that you are. The Points Guy (TPG) is known for equipping savvy travelers with advice on how to jet around the world in high style at minimal cost. Now, the editors are making that luxury lifestyle a reality for one lucky person with the ultimate summer job: to fly around the world reviewing flights, hotels, trains and more for TPG’s global audience. In addition to compensation for the position, the intern will earn tons of frequent flyer miles and hotel points enabling them to take a dream vacation — or three — at a later date. You can get more details and apply here. There’s no set deadline, so get your application in right away.
Fund Your First Journey with Atlas Obscura
Atlas Obscura — the definitive guide to the world’s hidden wonders — has announced First Journey, a contest to celebrate the site’s 10th anniversary. The winner will receive $15,000 to take their first true journey, which the brand describes as “a slower, purposeful trip with a clear mission. One should return from both changed and ready to affect change.” To enter, you must submit a proposed journey and why this mission would be meaningful to you. You can find more information and details on how to enter here. The initial round of entries will close on May 1, 2019. Entrants will be notified in early June if they’ve made it to the semifinalist round and the winner will be announced in late July.
Explore with Behr Paint
Behr Paint is looking for the first-ever Behr Color Explorer, which will offer one lucky candidate $10,000 to travel this summer and name the company’s new paint colors. According to Behr, the ideal candidate will be “open to adventure, have a passion for unearthing new hues and fresh color schemes and keep their finger on the pulse of the latest trends.” You’ll travel across the United States and Canada in order to source inspiration. In addition to the $10,000 stipend, the role includes pre-paid flights, lodging and experiences. Applicants can apply here. The deadline is May 15, 2019.
Test Luxury Products with Hush Hush
Talk about a dream job: HushHush, which calls itself as the “world’s leading luxury shopping marketplace,” is looking for a full-time luxury product tester who will get paid a whopping £75k ($97,000) per year to test supercars, yachts and private islands before they are put on sale to the public. According to the London-based HushHush, applicants will need to demonstrate “a passion for travel, art and fashion, have a keen eye for detail and an appreciation of the finer things in life.” You can enter here.
Be Spontaneous with Topdeck Travel
Topdeck Travel, a group tour operator that offers trips all over the world for 18- to 39-year-olds, is giving one lucky traveler a free trip. But here’s the catch: They won’t say where you’re going. In the spirit of spontaneity, Topdeck is looking for true thrill seekers, but you’ll have to prove it, first. You have until May 31, 2019, to submit your most spontaneous travel story to Topdeck via Facebook Messenger for your chance at this surprise trip of a lifetime. The winner will hit the road at any point between June and December, and there’s no shortage of possibilities as to where this mystery trip might go.
Sleep for Two Months with NASA
Feeling sleep deprived? You’re in luck. NASA is paying people $18,500 to lie in bed for two months straight. It’s part of something called AGBRESA (Artificial Gravity Bed Rest Study), which is a study on the impact of artificial gravity on the human body being conducted with the European Space Agency at the German Aerospace Centre. There are openings for 12 women and 12 men, ages 24 to 55. There’s just one hook: You need to speak German. Applications can you emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applying is May 24, 2019.
Have Eternal Employment in Sweden
Here’s another mind-bogglingly cool gig that will pay you about $2,320 a month for doing just about nothing for the rest of your life. Swedish artists Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby have created a conceptual art project, that involves hiring someone to work at Korsvägen, a train station that will reopen in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2026. According to the job description, there are no duties or responsibilities, other than turning on and off the lights in the station — and you can keep the job as long as you want. The goal of the artists who came up with the idea was for someone to “suffer from severe ‘boreout’ or embrace a state of perpetual leisure.” Applications will be accepted starting in 2025.