Follow in Phileas Fogg’s Footsteps Around the World With This Gin Dream Job
When the legendary author Jules Verne said, “Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real,” I doubt he knew just how true that statement would become.
For example, I’m sure there’s a fair amount of people — myself included — who think that jet-setting around the world on someone else’s dime is a pipe dream. But two companies have come together to make that dream a reality.
The gin brand Bombay Sapphire and Mr. Fogg’s, a group of Victorian-themed bars inspired by Verne’s novel “Around the World in 80 Days,” have joined forces to organize a competition fit for the bravest of gin-loving adventurers.
One lucky winner will be chosen to serve as an ambassador for the two brands. The mission?
Go on an all-expenses paid, 80-day journey around the world, following in fictional explorer Phileas Fogg’s footsteps and hitting locations such as Hong Kong, Paris, New York, Bombay and more. And all the while, you’ll be sipping on as many gin and tonics as your heart desires.
And if that doesn’t sound awesome enough on its own, here’s even more good news: You get to bring a companion on your travels. Huzzah!
Alas, this is technically a job, which means they aren’t just paying you to have a good time.
Along the way, you and your traveling buddy will be responsible for documenting the trip through social media and blog posts.
On top of recording your exploits, you’ll also collect various ingredients such as herbs, botanicals and spices. At the end of your 80 days, you’ll return to the soon-to-be opened addition to Mr. Fogg’s bar collection: Society of Exploration. There you’ll use the gathered ingredients to create your very own “Around the World” cocktail.
All flights, alternative travel methods and accommodation will be paid for, a spokesperson confirmed to me through email. And on top of that, you’ll be given spending money throughout the trip. Bombay Sapphire ambassadors will also organize various “once in a lifetime experiences.”
The overall value of the trip isn’t specified on the job listing, but the spokesperson informed me that the rough estimate is $20,000.
How to Become the Gin-Drinkin’, Globe-Trottin’ Ambassador
So, what does one have to do to snag this all-expenses-paid adventure?
For starters, the candidate should be “courageous, lionhearted and valiant.” And if that doesn’t quite clear it up for you, here’s a few more qualifications:
- At least 21 years old
- Social media savvy and a strong online presence
- Good photography skills
- Superb writing skills
- Brand awareness of Mr. Fogg’s and Bombay Sapphire
- A valid passport
Applicants should also be familiar with “Around the World in 80 Days,” have a passion for adventure and be available to travel between August and November of 2018.
Sounds pretty great, right? Go ahead, mix yourself a Tom Collins for some gin-spiration and fill out this application. But make sure you submit it by the deadline, August 27.
Kaitlyn Blount is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She is suddenly feeling quite thirsty. Hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?