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Promoting York through Travel's Biggest, Baddest Bucket List

Dream travel job for 2013 with a six-month all expenses paid trip blogging around the world, plus $50,000 (USD) in cash.

Visit York, the city’s official tourism agency, has teamed up with My Destination, a global travel resource powered by a community of local experts, to help promote travel’s Biggest, Baddest, Bucket List and offer one lucky person the opportunity of a lifetime – a six month, all inclusive, blogging trip around the world to a minimum of 25 international destinations and $50,000 (USD).

There’s just a week left to submit your entry for this dream job contest, which has been created in partnership with fellow travel brands, Travelex and Viator. The opportunity for applications closes on 31st March 2013. Ben Southall, winner of Tourism Queensland’s ‘Best Job in the World’, will preside over the entrants as guest judge.

About the blogging trip of a lifetime: Six months in which to travel the world, all expenses paid, blogging, meeting the locals and taking part in challenges in each location. The challenges will be wide and varied, covering everything from visiting a landmark to tasting a local delicacy and staying with a family to an adrenaline pumping activity. The best part is that the winner gets to create their own six month itinerary. You will blog for My Destination throughout the trip, keeping the people back home and around the world up to date with your adventures and the new friends you have made along the way.

About the prize money: Upon completion of all the challenges and the blogging tasks throughout the six month trip, a pot of gold will be waiting for you on your return: $50,000 (USD) for the winner to spend on anything they want – paying off that student loan, starting a business or buying a home – it really is a life changing amount of money!

Ben commented: “Winning ‘Best Job In The World’ was truly a life changing experience for me and I can't wait to help pick out a winner for the Biggest, Baddest, Bucket List and help give someone else an opportunity that could very well be life changing for them. I haven’t looked back since winning in 2009 and I’m delighted to see an amazing travel blogging opportunity that really looks to get under the skin of so many destinations around the world.”

Gillian Cruddas MBE, Chief Executive of Visit York said, ‘We know there’s already one strong entrant from York but we’d like to encourage more York fans to submit a video application of the city. By teaming up with My Destination we’re encouraging local people to produce superb online content about York and we’ll be rooting for a York winner.’

How to apply: To win travel’s Biggest, Baddest, Bucket List, it’s very straightforward to apply through Applicants must create a video application in English and up to three minutes in length telling us about the destination they live in and why they love it and why people should come and visit. This is a great opportunity to not only apply for an amazing travel job but to also promote York to the world.

A great example application that is promoting York can already be seen by local resident Jess Gibson,, who has done a great job of showing her home city of York off from her own perspective. She highlights the Museum Gardens, Stonegate, Betty’s as well as some of the lesser known areas of York just as requested by the criteria of the competition.

For more information and to apply please visit ENDS.

For further information please contact:

Kay Hyde – Head of PR and Communications – Visit York
Direct Line: 01904 554451
Mobile: 07961 828092

Katie Parsons – Senior Communications Executive – Visit York
Direct Line: 01904 554436

Notes To The Editor

Visit York
• Visit York is supported by the City of York Council and over 700 tourism businesses and works in partnership with Visit England.
• Visit York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure and business visitor, and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York. Visit York is responsible for leisure and conference marketing, visitor services (running the city’s Visitor Information Centre), training and ensuring a quality visitor experience.
• Visit York is the driving force of the city’s tourism industry.

Key facts:
7.1 million visitors
£443 million total visitor spend
23, 000 jobs