The ultimate dream job for millennials is up for grabs: being paid to travel the world and post your extraordinary experiences on social media.

The position of apprentice “Shore Explorer” will include visits to destinations including Alaska, Japan, Norway and Dubai—and the icing on the cake is a once-in-a-lifetime trip to a private island in the Caribbean.

On landing the job, the chosen candidate will also be paid a salary equivalent to $135,000 (£104,000) per year for their troubles as they shadow expert photographer, Russ Francis.

The “Shore Explorer” candidate is expected to perform the daily task of posting their experiences on Instagram, Instagram Stories and IGTV. Additionally, they will be selected for the position by an independent panel of judges including James McVey—The Vamps’ guitarist and “I’m A Celebrity” star—and travel writer Nadia El Ferdaoussi.

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The role is open to UK and Irish applicants.

“I’m so excited to be working with Royal Caribbean to find the perfect person for this new apprenticeship; someone who has a passion for travel, exploration and seeking out new and extraordinary experiences around the world,” said McVey. “And, of course, they have to be brilliant at sharing their adventure online too.”


The once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity was thought up by Royal Caribbean International, whose spokesman said: “We’re looking for an adrenaline junkie who is not only hungry for adventure, but also has a unique ability to capture a moment and tell a story in a simple social media post.

“We already offer a huge amount of incredible, once-in-a-lifetime, on-land experiences as part of our cruise holidays – from zip wires and white-water rafting, to walking on glaciers and hot air balloon rides.

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“By launching this position, we’re hoping that the winning candidate will take our shore excursion program to the next level,” he added.

According to a new survey by OnePoll, British youth, aged 18 to 37, claim to be a “do it” rather than “buy it” generation—focused on spending their money on memorable things to do, rather than possessions. 56% believe they simply get more out of experiences than they would from a physical asset—and for a quarter, the “instant gratification” gained through a fun experience is enhanced by posting on social media.

Hopeful candidates can get more information on how to apply by visiting Royal Caribbean’s UK Instagram channel or website.

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