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Best job in the world: honeymoon travel tester?

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(Read caption) Ben Southall of Britain takes in the view of the Whitsunday Islands from the balcony of the 'Blue Pearl' lodge, which was his home for six months after winning the 'Best Job In The World' competition on Hamilton Island on May 7, 2009. The British fundraiser beat 15 other candidates selected from around the world after Tourism Queensland received more than 34,000 applications for the job on the Great Barrier Reef.

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The next item on your résumé could read ‘honeymoon tester.’


An Irish tourism company, Runaway Bride and Groom, is currently looking for a couple to travel to “the most romantic and ultimate wedding and honeymoon venues around the world.”

The gig lasts six months and pays €20,000 ($27,000 US). Required: good communication skills and a “romantically linked other half.”

Sound too good to be true? This is just the latest in a series of “dream job” postings.

First was Tourism Queensland’s islands caretaker position in Australia, advertised as the “Best Job in the World.” That went to Ben Southall, of Petersfield in Hampshire, England, who had the enviable task of promoting Australia’s Great Barrier Reef by exploring its islands and blogging about his adventures. He made $150,000 AU for the six-month stint.


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