This is your virtual dream job!

By Andrea Romano
June 08, 2020
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If you ask a random sample of people what their dream job is, you can bet a lot of them will say, “getting paid to travel.”

But while many countries around the world are closed due to coronavirus lockdown measures, people are opting to take a virtual trip to the destination of their choice. And now, you can even get paid to do it, too.

JRPass (Japan Rail Pass) is looking for the “world’s first virtual travel tester,” to rate and review one of Japan’s many virtual destinations using the transportation website’s curated list of 20 top virtual tours in the country. Since this is a job that can be done at home and at your leisure, the pay isn’t exactly for a full-time gig, but the website will pay you £200 (just over $250) for your review.

The list by JRPass includes gorgeous and iconic places in Japan, including Mount Fuji, Himeji Castle, the busy Shibuya Crossing, Hitachi Seaside Park, Tokyo Station, torii-gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha, the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and much more.

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Interested virtual travelers can apply by completing two tasks. The first is to post a throwback photo of yourself on vacation with a review of one of the 20 destinations curated by JRPass, and post it on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter using the hashtag #JapanVirtualTravel and tagging JRPass (@JRPass) on your post, while also following them on social media. The photo doesn’t have to be in Japan, but it definitely helps. The winner will be determined by the best review at the end of the application period. Only one review per applicant will be taken.

If you win, you’ll be contacted by JRPass on social media after the application period is over. All of the destinations can be accessed on Google Street View, so no fancy apps or equipment is required.

Applications are open until July 20, and a winner is expected to be announced by July 22. To check out the curated list of destinations to choose from, visit the JRPass website. Applicants should also follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.