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Get paid to travel the world as an Instagram ‘apprentice’

Tempted to travel the world for free this summer? Royal Caribbean is hiring an Instagram ‘apprentice’ who will travel to far-flung destinations and test new experiences for them, all while getting paid £2000 (US$2590) a week for their troubles. The catch? There is none. Unless you have an aversion to social media. The role requires the successful candidate to document their entire journey on Instagram.

The winning applicant will travel all over the globe, including Osaka. Image by ©Tooykrub/Shutterstock

Royal Caribbean has opened applications for its ‘Shore Explorer’ role which will give one person the opportunity to travel the world for three weeks this summer and test the cruise line’s new shore excursions. The successful candidate will be paid £2000 (€2275/US$2590) per week and is tasked with documenting their trip on Instagram, through images, stories and videos.

Royal Caribbean said it is looking for “an adrenaline junkie” who “has a unique ability to capture a moment and tell a story in a simple social media post”.

Geiranger fjord, Beautiful Nature Norway. It is a 15-kilometre (9.3 mi) long branch off of the Sunnylvsfjorden, which is a branch off of the Storfjorden (Great Fjord).
The Instagram ‘apprentice’ will travel through Norway’s fjords. Image by Anton Petrus/Getty Images

The winning applicant will enjoy some thrill-seeking experiences such as hiking through Alaska’s glaciers; white-water rafting in the Norwegian Fjords and will ride the world’s longest zip-line in Dubai and they’ll have the chance to visit Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city, all while shadowing photographer Russ Francis – the line’s ‘Instagrammer-in-Chief’. They will also be the first person to set foot on board Royal Caribbean’s new private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, which is due to open to the public in May.

Francis, who landed the role of ‘Instagrammer-in-Chief’ after undertaking a similar placement last year said the role has changed his life, adding: “I went from working a night shift for seven years to travelling the world.”

Ben Bouldin, managing director of Royal Caribbean International UK and Ireland, said: “with Instagram it’s not just a content platform anymore, but an area of inspiration and influence, especially for the next generation of travellers. This is a once in a lifetime role.”

The only rules are that those applying for the job must be 21 or over, hold a valid British or Irish passport and be able to travel this year. The entries will be judged by Bouldin and Francis, as well as The Vamps’ guitarist and “I’m A Celebrity” star James McVey and travel writer Nadia El Ferdaoussi.

The winning applicant will test Royal Caribbean’s new private island ahead of the public. Image by Getty

To apply you simply need to post an “extraordinary travel story, video, or image” on Instagram via Instagram stories, IGTV, or an Instagram post tagging @RoyalCaribbeanUK and #ShoreExplorer before 1 March 2019.