Jobs for world travelers: make films for flight money

I know many of you amongst the Nomadderwhere readership jumped on board after seeing the World Traveler Internship. Even many years 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. Here’s the latest one.

Here’s the write-up:

Skyscanner has launched a travel video competition in its search to find its very own Travel Reporter!

Submit a short video shot on location at one of your favourite destinations and you could win £1500 worth of vouchers to travel the world to take more video footage for Skyscanner. The top 5 videos along with judges choice of top 5 will go into a Top 10 showdown with the Star Prize and two runner-up prizes of £100
of travel vouchers.

To enter, simply:

1. Film a short video of yourself on holiday
2. Upload your video
3. Ask your friends to vote for you.

My two cents and advice

It looks like Skyscanner wants to help you reach your travel destinations in exchange for a little content creation; it’s perfect if you’re already inclined to host travel videos on your trips. Three vouchers over the course of a year can help you reach where you have been dying to go, and Skyscanner can be a great venue for you to display your self-hosted content.

If you don’t know Skyscanner (first time I’ve heard of it, too), it appears to be a UK-based Kayak equivalent for searching multiple engines for the best flight cost.

Here are some of the important points from the Terms & Conditions. That legal jargon is always good to skim through on offers like these.

  • The competition starts on 12 June 2012 and ends on 31 August 2012. Videos must be submitted by 31 August 2012
  • Participants must be aged 18 or over on 12 June 2012 to enter this competition
  • Entries must be submitted via the Facebook app and can be hosted on either YouTube or Vimeo
  • Participants must own the copyright to their video and plagiarised or stolen videos will be disqualified and/or removed from the Facebook app (don’t forget your video soundtrack ethics!)
  • Videos should last around three minutes, at the discretion of Skyscanner
  • Videos should be tagged on YouTube with ‘Skyscanner’ and feature a holiday destination, e.g. ‘Barcelona’, ‘France’ or ‘Barbados’ which must also be tagged with the name of this destination
  • Skyscanner will choose the Star Prize winner and winner of runners-up prizes will be the videos with the most votes (second and third place will received £100 worth of travel vouchers from a website of their choice from a selection offered by Skyscanner) after the closing date of 31 August 2012
  • The winner should allocate funds for each trip so as to cover transport, food and drink, accommodation and all other costs associated with the assignment (important note!)

If you’re inspired to go for this, I suggest checking out my application advice for the WTI, which applies to most travel online competitions, as well as my grooming post. Online travel video competitions are a lot of work, so if you have any specific questions or want further advice, feel free to contact me. Best of luck!

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