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STA Travel’s World Traveller Interns – first stop, Vietnam
09/06/2010, 15:24
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A couple of months ago I was asked to help judge the STA Travel’s 2010 World Traveller Internship. Hundreds of entries were whittled down to the final ten, and then two were chosen by the panel to travel the world and document it through social media.

I’m really pleased that the two winners were amongst the final four I put forward; their video entries were colourful and exciting, well crafted and engaging. They’re called Matt and Becky – you’ll find them on Twitter here and here, and they’ve just posted their first video from Ho Chi Minh City.

Have a look, follow their adventures, support them, be inspired and remember to try it for yourself before real life gets in the way:


The 2010 World Traveller Internship – get moving!
08/02/2010, 20:54
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So here it is, your round-the-world itinerary for this Summer: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil and the US. Brilliant.

How much is all of this going to cost you? Nothing.

What’s the catch?

You have to win the STA Travel’s 2010 World Traveller Internship – so less of a catch, more of a competition. Somebody’s got to see those sights, however, so it might as well be you.

I’ve pleased to be lending a hand in judging the third round of the contest, so I thought I’d tell you a little about it.

Not only is this internship about experiencing the world, it’s about sharing those experiences¬† – perhaps through blog posts, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or my favourite platform of the moment, audioBoo. So during the judging round we’ll take an interest in you if you’re ravenous to travel, but also if you’re capable of engaging an audience, narrating a story, allowing others to walk by your side, to see the world through your eyes, to travel vicariously through you.

Interested? Of course you are. See the 2010 World Traveller Internship website here, and read more about the entry process here. There’s also a video of the Internship launch worth watching on YouTube.

A word of advice – if you want this opportunity, get in there now. To reach the second round, you to among the 50 most popular entries, so you’ll stand a better chance if you enter soon and drum up votes from friends and colleagues. Good luck!