Yes, This Company Will Actually Pay You to Instagram Your Way Across Europe

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Do you ever find yourself scrolling through Instagram, dreaming about the action-packed life of a travel blogger?

The desire to drop everything and jet across the world is so real, but realistically speaking, that kind of travel can be hard to plan –– and afford.

Well y’all, it’s time to put an end to travel envy because I’ve got an awesome opportunity for you.

Travel company Busabout is looking for social-media-lovin’ travel addicts to go on a three-month, all-expenses-paid European vacation.

That’s right, not only will Busabout foot the bill for all travel and accommodation expenses, but will also provide a daily allowance for spending money. There will also be a bonus “success fee” paid at the end of the trip.

And don’t worry about getting home when it’s all said and done, your return flight is covered, too.

Sounds pretty sweet, right? Keep on reading to learn about Busabout’s Ultimate Travel Squad.

The Busabout Ultimate Travel Squad

Last year, Busabout hosted a similar contest to choose two candidates to serve as a brand ambassador and video producer.

This year, Busabout is doubling down and creating a whole squad of travelers. Four people will be chosen to hit 47 locations across 15 countries and document the trip on the company’s social media accounts.

The company needs one Instagrammer, one YouTuber, one blogger, and one person responsible for Snapchat or Instagram Stories.  

The winners will travel to Europe on the Busabout Hop-On Hop-Off tour. Winners should prepared to set aside the entire summer, as the trip runs from late May to early September.

The itinerary includes a lot of the classics, such as Paris, Amsterdam and Rome, but will also take you to lesser-known hidden gems across the continent like Lake Bled in Slovenia.

At the end of your travels, the trip will wrap up with a week of island hopping on the Adriatic Coast of Croatia –– SWOON.

How to Apply for the Busabout Travel Squad

If you want to join the Ultimate Travel Squad, you need more than wanderlust and a desire for a free vacation.

Busabout is looking for engaging storytellers willing to not only document every moment of their trip, but share it with the world!

While you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy your travels, you will be required to regularly report to the Busabout marketing department and deliver completed content by deadline.

There are four positions available:


“Do it for the ‘gram” is your life motto. Your camera roll regularly has 32 versions of the same picture. You’ve spent just as much time thinking of a caption as you spent editing the photo.


You love telling a story through video and are always looking for the best angle. You know all of the famous YouTubers and care more about subscribers than followers.


You’ve got a passion for writing. After a day wandering through the Louvre or hitting the slopes in the Swiss Alps, you want to sit down and wax poetic about your adventures.

Snapchat and Instagram Stories

You’re always documenting your life as it happens, whether it’s through Snapchat or Insta stories. Your friends have probably begged you to put the phone down at least once, but you know some of the best posts are the spontaneous, candid ones.

Ready to apply? Here’s what you need to do:

  • Choose which social media platform you want to apply for.
  • Make a 60-second YouTube video about yourself and why you’re a good fit.
  • Include the Busabout logo in your video thumbnail and be sure to tag it with #ultimatetravelsquad and #busabout.
  • Fill out an application and be sure to attach your video!

Candidates can only apply for one category, so choose wisely. Consider applying as a team if you have fellow social media savvy friends itching for an adventure.
For group applications, you can do your video together, but be sure that each person picks a different social media platform.

You must be at least 18 years old to apply, and all submissions must be in English. Applicants are also responsible for ensuring they have a valid passport or visa for at least 90 days.

Ready to pack your bags for this adventure of a lifetime? Hurry up and apply, the deadline for applications is April 17, 11:59 p.m. GMT.

Kaitlyn Blount is a junior staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She would love to go on a three-month long vacation, but her dogs would miss her way too much.