Some people have all the luck. I get to interview those people.
Meet Ten People Who've Won Those Dream Travel Job Competitions
Jauntaroo's yet-to-be-named Chief World Explorer
is going to have some pretty big shoes to fill. Meet ten intrepid souls who have already entered contests, then campaigned, competed for, and won their dream travel jobs—filming, swimming, skiing, diving, and eating their ways around the world. Yeah, we’re jealous, too.
ASHA MEVLANAFrom: Los Angeles
Winner: Viator's Dream Travel Job: Team Europe,
July 2012–August 2012
: "Our job was to film these top-rated tours so that when someone goes to the Viator site, they can click on a tour video
from our trip and get an idea of what the tour would be like."
What's one thing you learned on your travels? "Because we were only in each city for three days, we were constantly on the move and living out of our suitcases. I had a very large, heavy suitcase with a bunch of different outfits, shoes, etc. By the end, I had thrown out most of my clothes just to make it easier to run to the train, plane, or taxi because we were always running from place to place trying to not to miss our transportation to the next city. I learned to pack much lighter!"
What was the most memorable thing that on your trip? "On one of the bike tours in Amsterdam, I was filming while biking and trying to get all the shots I needed. And as I was rushing ahead of the tour one time, looking into the camera viewfinder, I crashed into a tree. I was scraped and hurting, but there wasn't time to be hurt, so I just had to keep going."
What happened after you completed the job? Did you want to stay in a related field?
"I am a professional musician (electric violin), and, between tours, I have also been doing a lot of hosting work. I recently appeared on a pilot for the Travel Channel called Destination Showdown
. I was hired again by Viator to film for two months in Asia and Australia this past year, which was also incredible. I even started a travel blog
to start recording my journeys."