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Expedia Pioneer: Your Dream Job?

I almost never talk about work on my personal blog, but this opportunity is so fantastic that I really wanted to share it here.

For the past six months I’ve been working with Expedia on a really exciting project called Expedia Pioneer. Expedia is looking for one person in each of the included countries (UK, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy) to travel around that country for a year. Straight from the Expedia Pioneer website: “We want you to connect with travel destinations large and small to find out what they do and how they do it. We want you to learn, taste, hear, explore, and experience your country and for you to tell the world about it in a way they’ve never heard before.”

The chosen applicant will blog, vlog, photograph, and use social media to document the country. You do not need to be an expert blogger or even know how to use social media, as there will be a series of training sessions/Boot Camp held in London this August. Oh, and did I mention the compensation for this job? In the UK, it’s circa £105,000. Not bad.

If this is something that interests you (and, frankly, why wouldn’t it?!), I hope you’ll apply! Make sure to read about the role, the FAQs, and the Terms and Conditions before sending in your application. Then, you can start your application, which consists of a 90-second video and a few written answers.

So, just to go over the Expedia Pioneers role, at least for those in the UK: you travel around the UK for a year to document it, you receive £105,000 compensation, AND you get to work with me. Okay, okay, I’ll admit. One of those things is not as exciting as the other two.

If you want to apply for Spain, click here.

If you want to apply for Germany, click here.

If you want to apply for Italy, click here.

If you want to apply for France, click here.

If you want to apply for the Netherlands, click here.

What do you think? Is this your dream job?

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45 Responses to Expedia Pioneer: Your Dream Job?

  1. chacha_lakwacha May 26, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    It’s unfair. No openings for Asian countries. I am sooooo broken hearted. 🙁

    • Brenna Holeman May 26, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

      I’m sorry you’re broken hearted! 🙁

      • chacha_lakwacha June 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

        But I hope this would rocket fast and be open to Asians soon 🙂 Congrats and more power! 🙂

  2. Jessica of Curiosity Travels May 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    This sounds like such an awesome opportunity! Gah, I´d love to do it but I think the visa thing kinda stands in the way. Us darn Americans!

    • Brenna Holeman May 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

      Darn! 🙁

  3. Katrina May 26, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    Whoa, that would be my dream job! Too bad they’re not looking for someone to travel around the U.S. because I would definitely apply.

    • Brenna Holeman May 26, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

      So far it’s just those six countries mentioned, but who knows what the future holds!

  4. Flora May 26, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    Argh I’d so love to apply for the UK one as I’m planning to spend the next year exploring the country anyway – but I think the Masters would probably get in the way a bit 🙂 on another note, see you at City!!

    • Brenna Holeman May 27, 2014 at 8:18 am #

      Oh wow… this is amazing news!! I’m so excited…

  5. Helen May 26, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    I hear Scousers make brilliant UK explorers… just sayin’. Plus they are a delight to work with and provide splendid comedy value free of charge. X

    • Brenna Holeman May 27, 2014 at 8:18 am #

      Ha ha ha oh Helen. Apply!

  6. Scarlet Nguni May 28, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Brilliant initiative! If Expedia ever want a Pioneer in South Africa… I’d love to apply. Happy traveling!

    • Brenna Holeman May 28, 2014 at 9:52 am #

      Thank you so much, Scarlet!

  7. Vincenzo B May 28, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    This is awesome!!! I cannot thank you enough for posting this. It’s exacly the opportunity I’ve been looking for and more. Now… where’s that apply button 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman May 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

      Oh great, I’m so glad!

  8. Zalie May 30, 2014 at 12:20 am #

    I am so envious of the person who gets this job!

    • Brenna Holeman May 30, 2014 at 9:37 am #

      Me too, ha ha…

  9. Expatkerri May 30, 2014 at 5:05 am #

    SO AWESOME!!! I kind of lost my enthusiasm for travel contests after the BBB contest last year, but this one sounds a lot more fair as they judge our videos and words, and not our number of likes! 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman May 30, 2014 at 9:37 am #

      This isn’t a contest at all – we’re looking for the right person for the job. It doesn’t matter how popular you are online, we just need the best candidate!

  10. Olivia S. May 30, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    Hi Brenna,
    First off, I am thrilled about this position, it sounds like an amazing opportunity to travel and meet new people, my two favorite things in the world! I was wondering if it is possible to apply for this job as an American citizen. I looked through all the FAQs and all it says is that I need to be “legally entitled” to work in the UK. What does that mean exactly?

    • Brenna Holeman June 3, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

      Hi Olivia! It means exactly that – you must be legally entitled (legally have permission) to work in the UK. Hope that helps!

  11. Megan June 11, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    OH, this looks amazing! I’m an American living in the UK (with all the hard-earned long-term work visas in order, ahem) do I still count? I spend all my money traveling around the UK anyway :D. I practice my convincing British accent every day on the Tube when I tell everyone to “move down into the car, please.” What do you think? Natives only?

    • Brenna Holeman June 13, 2014 at 12:11 am #

      No, absolutely not! If you’re legally entitled to work in the UK, apply away. Looking forward to your application!

  12. Cristina June 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    Hi, Brenna, I wish Expedia Pioneers included Romania, too. 🙁 I`d love to apply.

    • Brenna Holeman June 14, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

      Ahhh hopefully one day, Cristina!

  13. Ondrej Janku June 19, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    Hi,Brenna. Exciting stuff that you´re doing in Expedia. If you ever wonder about including the Czech Republic for the next round (and you should! 🙂 let me know please.

    • Brenna Holeman June 19, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

      Sounds good!

  14. Sofie June 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    Darn! Would have loved to applied for The Netherlands but I’ve only seen this now and am traveling without camera until the 28:5

  15. Jessica June 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    So I take it you need to be from that country? It would be great to get a true travelers perspective? I want to do this on my own – would be great to do this through expedia

  16. Tracie Howe June 20, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    Sounds like an amazing opportunity to create a dream job! Bummer that it is only for people in those countries, but maybe it will expand to the U.S. perhaps? Better yet, to be open to anyone traveling to other countries for an outsider’s perspective. 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman June 21, 2014 at 12:09 am #

      Who knows where the Pioneers will end up one day! 🙂

  17. Ana Cortés June 23, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    I just applied to the opportunity in Spain! This is not only a great opportunity, it is a real dream come true! I hope to meet you in the bootcamp in London 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman June 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

      Good luck with your application, Ana!

  18. Ceri Edwards June 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    Hey Brenna,
    Love your blog, slowly working my way through it! Just applied for the UK Expedia Pioneer and am beyond keen about the opportunity.
    I set up my candidate video to show how I would interact with the public and how I would present myself and my ideas. This meant talking to the viewer rather than those judging – do you think that could hurt my chances?

    Take care! 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman June 23, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

      Hi Ceri, glad you’re enjoying my blog! Unfortunately I cannot comment on how we will make our final decisions in the end. 🙂

      • Ceri Edwards June 23, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

        Completely understandable! I expected as much..
        I look forward to those final decisions with immense anticipation!!
        Thanks again 🙂

  19. Elizabeth @ Rosalilium June 27, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    I literally JUST found out about this opportunity, I think I scraped in just before the deadline, eeeek! That was proper by the skin-of-my-teeth. I ran down an alley in Soho to quickly film a vlog to upload. Ha!

    I just wanted to pop on here and say that this is an INCREDIBLE opportunity, whether I’m successful or not, I think brands who collaborate on such creative and innovate approaches to travel are really leading the way in digital. So *high fives* to you. I look forward to watching how the project pans out.

    And good luck to everyone who took part!


    • Brenna Holeman June 27, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

      Thank you, Elizabeth! 🙂

  20. Kylene Rafferty June 29, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    A unique perspective? Visit charities throughout the UK and promote their cause in exchange for their suggestions of the best places to go / things to do locally. Ask a random local for their ‘top ten’ then go and explore, or better still see if they’ll show you themselves – a real insider perspective! Or how about travelling under your own steam (hike, bike, paddle) until the road runs out then go wherever the next bus/train/tube/tram takes you and start over. Enjoy your travels!

    • Brenna Holeman June 30, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

      These are all great ideas, Kylene!

  21. Angela Seager April 3, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    I happened upon this blog and would you believe I have travelled around Spain for almost a year documenting the country….why? I was looking to buy a holiday home in the sun! Initially, a two week holiday turned into a ten month exploration of travel, communities, photowalks, architecture and photography. Did I buy my dream holiday home? My blog, which is in its embryonic stage, hopefully will give you an insight into the many destinations I connected with living as a local, seeking out the ideal location for a family holiday home in the sun!


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