Jobs for world travelers: TV host in paradise

I know many of you amongst the Nomadderwhere readership jumped on board after seeing the World Traveler Internship. A year after my WTI, I still receive messages from people in search of such great opportunities in the travel world or wondering how to snag such jobs that require some online savvy and marketing know-how. Therefore, when I hear about new marketing schemes that send people on the road for free or for pay, I’m inspired to pass the info along to you, the reader.

A friend forwarded this opportunity my way, and I think many of  you will find this an idyllic work and living situation.

The “52 Week Paid Vacation”

Here’s the write-up:

Travel website is scouring the globe for a host for our upcoming Travel TV Series “Paradise Hunter”. We’re looking for someone with enthusiasm and a passion for travel. The job requires you to tour the world in search of your personal Paradise. Try the food, the activities, and see the sights of a dozen countries. On the way, interview locals and expatriates who live in each country to get a sense for what life is like there.

The salary for the year is $60,000. In addition, during the final episode once you’ve found your paradise, you will get to pick a property in that country worth up to $150,000.

No acting experience is necessary. Open to anyone 18 years and older. Applicants are required to submit a 60-second (or less) video showing why they would be perfect for this job. We recommend viewing the competition details before applying. To submit your video application and to see more details on the job, visit the “52 Weeks Paid Vacation” competition at

My Two Cents and Advice

This, to me, sounds like quite the offer for a specific type of person. What comes off as a year of paid lounging and a couple on-camera appearances is most likely a very labor intensive position. This is for someone very comfortable with being on camera and essentially acting. One look at their sample episode and it’s clear they shoot these episodes with many retakes, lots of set-up, and expectations of the host to be prepared for the work involved.

If you’re unaware how much work goes into shooting travel shows like this, I advise you to watch No Reservations: Making of Kerala, India.

Many of these online contests seem directed toward the obsessed traveler, the people who endure the “good enough” jobs for now while endlessly searching for ways to break out of their ruts. Those people have the most heart, the most motivation, and are most likely to publicize the crap out of their application video. That makes great marketing sense for the companies involved.

The thing is, these companies need someone with very specific skills, in this case hosting and production skills on top of travel savvy and work ethic. If you have all those things, you will be way ahead of the majority of applicants.

This is an online contest, meaning you will likely spend many hours promoting your material, fighting for votes, and hearing some stupid comments regarding your person and your work. This is the nature of online competitions for such jobs. Those who go for them have to have very thick skins and be prepared to commit a solid amount of time and effort into winning. And of course, no public vote is safe from the whims of the operating party, in this case If you’re not who they’re looking for, the public vote doesn’t matter.

After all that, if you’re not dissuaded, I suggest checking out my application advice for the WTI, which applies to most travel online competitions, as well as my grooming post. If you have any specific questions or want further advice, feel free to contact me.

Additional Advice: Vijaya Selvaraju has some hefty experience in going for TV spots through online competitions. Here are the words of wisdom she would have loved to hear during her go. [Passion should never be extinguished. These tips are to help you gain a solid understanding.]

Go in with an open mind and the possibility that you may not walk out of the competition as the grand prize winner. Despite how much energy you invest in a competition like this, there are thousands of people who are doing the same.

For the most part, the minds behind these competitions already have a description of who they want their “winner” to be. No matter how qualified you are for the job, the fact that you are not a “male with brown hair”, could quickly put you behind the pack. Just know that these competitions are casting calls, and that you are one of many.

Voting makes up a large portion of the competition, as competitors are encouraged to rally their friends, peers, and colleagues to gain as many votes as possible. I have personally observed (one too many times) that this is usually insignificant and simply a marketing ploy to get as many people to perpetuate the details of the contest as possible.

Keeping all of these things in mind, there is still the chance that you will make it to the top. Imagine how satisfied you will be knowing all the hoops you jumped through to make it happen.

Links for more information: Apply, The Job, FAQs, The Competition, The TV Series.

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  • Pretty

    Dear Madam,
    I am an Airhostess and am very interested in travelling. Could you guide me about any Travel Host job in India?

    Awaiting a positive response.


    • Lindsay Clark

      Hi Pretty,

      At the moment, I’m unaware of any travel hosting jobs in India or where to look for one. If I discover this, I’ll be sure to let you know!

  • Danielle

    Are you aware of any travel host/jobs available at the moment to Australian/Uk Citizens?
    Thanks so much for your help.

    • Lindsay Clark

      Hi Danielle, if I happen upon any hosting gigs for any country in the world, I will surely report them here. What angle on travel hosting excites you most?

  • melbourn trazona

    im from philippines and i have the passion to travel around the world in searching for any lifestyles hit not just today but for the upcoming tomorrow. cultures are greatest things to discover different countries.

  • Naynie

    I am Naynie from India. I love travelling. I love exploring new places and cultures;meeting new people, tasting amazing food and discovering new places. Please let me know if there are any upcoming shows in India that i can apply for.

    • Lindsay Clark

      Hi Naynie, I’ll be sure to pass along any and every hosting gig I see!

  • Mish_shaikh

    hi i just want to Explore the worlddddd

    • Lindsay Clark

      I hear ya.

    • Lindsay Clark


  • Shubhali Bhatnagar

    Hi ,

    I am an Indian girl working in Singapore but i would love to take up a travel host job as i love travelling, exploring new places and meeting new people!! Please let me know incase any such opportunity comes across in Singapore or India !!


    • Lindsay Clark

      If I see any new openings, I will post them right away!

  • synthia

    hi im synthia frm India.i took have a passion for being a travel show host.coz i love to know mor abt different cultures,their arts n crafts,meeting different ppl,different n variety of foods they make.n if there z such opportunity den i would love to do this.thank u :-)

  • Rahul Kumar Singh

    Hi….I am a college student.

    I love to explore the world and capture beautiful sites in my camera…….
    I have traveled in India….
    Call me on…8503871994

  • Tayo TM

    Hey, I’m Taniya
    I’m done traveling, My Country India …. Now looking up for the world,I M a good photographer, love to Explore New Places taking Risk!

    • Lindsay Clark

      Hi, Taniya. Thanks for writing! Where are you from in India? I would love to see your photography. Do you have a website?

  • harshid rajput

    hi.. i am harshid.. and ya I love exploring new places and cultures;meeting new people, tasting amazing food and discovering new places. and ya i have good concept for traveling shows.. so pls contect me

    • Lindsay Clark

      Hi, Harshid. It sounds like, if you have a great idea for a travel show, you should throw your heart and soul into trying to produce it now! Make it what you envision, and the right person will find it for potential development. If you don’t know how to start, I can try to direct you to a couple posts about shooting and editing if you let me know where you are with that knowledge at the moment :)

  • Renuka

    Hi, I’m from KL, Malaysia. My dream job is always to be a travel host. Currently my job is teaching English, EFL, so meeting people, talking with them, being in front of camera in not a problem for me.

    • Lindsay Clark

      Hi, Renuka. Travel hosting looks like a fun path to be on. I recommend building up your YouTube presence like my good friends Vijaya and Rachel. Let the world know what you have to offer, and sometimes you get the right person sniffing for just your skill set :)

  • naveen reddy

    i am college student
    i would love to take look at all around the world.
    that makes me fell better that i know the world .
    if any one needs like me contact me in
    some one should see the world.

    • Lindsay Clark

      Hi, Naveen. I like hearing about all these people who want to see the world and want to show it to others. It’s uplifting. I hope you all find the perfect opportunity for you, and I’ll be sure to post about any new travel jobs if I hear of them!

  • Anugna.Manjunath

    I am very much intrested in being a host to a travelling channel …hiw can i be a travel host ..?is there any specific course to be a host ..??i also heard tat one should b good lookin and wat may be the salary ..??i will be helpful if you reply fo this text …:-)

  • Prachi Vasani

    Hello…I am an Indian.I love travelling its my passion.Please let me know if there is any job related in this field like travel host or managing travel events or anything where travelling is included.I am ready to join any moment.

    Waiting for kind reply eagerly…

    Thanks & Regards,

  • Surya Ashwadh

    i am a 16 year old indian teenager and love to take up a travelling career… please send me a face book friend request so that i can be in touch with you.. [ ]..
    please do this for me..

  • Nyk

    I am Nyk from India. Currently working as Recruiter by Profession but greatly engaged in adventurous activities & Photography. Would like to Become Host of your any of the TV show like Travel or Something. May it be Anywhere in the World. Do let me know.



    Hi, I’m yosie from Indonesia.
    My dream is I want to see the world with my own eyes, and not just in pictures or videos. And I’m fresh graduate from Airlangga Broadcast, yes. So, I’m familiar with presenting, camera, script writing, directing.. specially at production area. I’m pretty confident that being in front of camera is not problem for me. Hobby to traveling, reading, writing, music, dance, DIY clothes. Easily get awed with something new and excited to learn because I believe that can open to every door that I’m not discovered yet. I’m sorry being so noisy here, hahaha. But I hope you will give me info and the chances to help about my dream.

    Please contact me at :

    Thank you. *bow*

  • vaibahav

    i am a travel freak just tell me whr to go and i will let you walk beside me

  • Jolene

    How about blonde hair and green eyes? embrace culture, enjoy good food, good wine and taking lots of photos? Does that count?, May I enter?