Lonely Planet Writer

The rugby player who has landed a £2000k-per-week job to travel the world

Playing professional rugby is a dream job for many but Irish rugby player Harry McNulty added another string to his bow by winning the apprenticeship of a lifetime: touring the world for free while getting paid £2000 per week.

Irish rugby player Harry McNulty is travelling the world for free while getting paid £2k per week. Image by Harry McNulty

Twenty-six-year-old Harry McNulty was one of 37,000 UK and Irish applicants for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s shore explorer position. He’ll spend three weeks travelling the world to test the cruise line’s new shore excursions. As the cruise line’s official Instagram apprentice he’ll be paid £2000 (€2275/US$2590) per week and is tasked with documenting the entire experience on Instagram, through images, stories and videos. He’ll 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.

McNulty is an avid traveller. Image by Harry McNulty

Royal Caribbean said it was looking for “an adrenaline junkie” who “has a unique ability to capture a moment and tell a story in a simple social media post” and McNulty, who plays Rugby Sevens for Ireland, jumped at the chance to get involved. “I just thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and that I’d enter to see what happened,” he told Lonely Planet Travel News. “Dubai is the only place on the list that I have been to so the chance to go to five new countries was very enticing.”

The rugby player will test out new experiences for Royal Caribbean. Image by Harry McNulty

McNulty’s itinerary includes hiking through Alaska’s glaciers; white-water rafting in the Norwegian Fjords, riding the world’s longest zip-line in Dubai and testing out new experiences in Osaka. Of all the places on the list, it’s Japan he’s most looking forward to experiencing. “It’s the one country all my life I’ve had a fascination with,” he said. “Stunning architecture, beautiful landscape, advanced technology and incredible food. It seems like a different world and I really want to check it out.”


Apprenticeship applicants were required to post an image, video or story on Instagram that showcased their photography and storytelling skills, as well as their love for travel. The 19 other shortlisted applications included a selfie taken on top of a dune in the Sahara and a shot of the night sky in the Namib desert.

You can keep track of McNulty’s adventures with right here.