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How’s This for a Dream Job? Travel to the NY Times’ 52 Places to Go in the World – And Get Paid

Written by Charlie

If you like to travel, check out this fantastic job with the New York Times to visit every one of their 52 Places to Go around the world!

Most of us get into the awards game to be able to see more of the world for less. I have been to many countries that I would never have been able to get to otherwise, thanks to miles and points.

Dream Job? Travel to the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in the World – and Get Paid!

If you love travel and have writing experience, there is a dream job for you with the New York Times! Every year, they release a list of 52 Places to Go and now they want to hire a journalist to visit each one of those locations in a year to do reporting on what they are actually like. It sounds like an incredible experience for sure! Here are a few of the places on their list for 2017:

  • Atacama Desert, Chile
  • Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Madagascar
  • Cyprus
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Kazakhstan
  • And many other cities, both in the US and abroad

You can see the complete list here.

Here is what the New York Times says about this fantastic job:

We are seeking a writer who will go to every destination on our list and tell us the story of each place and the story of life on the road. The ideal candidate is a permanent student of life and astute documentarian of the world. This person should have a well-worn passport, the ability to parachute into a place and distill its essence and to render a compelling tale with words and images.

Media experience is required, as is fluency in English, expertise in social media and facility with digital devices. Familiarity with languages beyond English is a plus though not a requirement. This is a temporary position.


  • Has traveled to several destinations.
  • Have documented travel in writing, social media or elsewhere.
  • Is active on social media.
  • Has prior experience at a magazine, publishing company, newspaper, digital publication, film or other media organization.
  • Can commit to a full year.

To apply, please write a memo answering the following questions:

  • Do you have a passport?
  • What was your most recent trip? 
  • What’s the most interesting place you’ve been and why? (500 words)
  • A 500-word memo outlining the themes you would like to explore during your travels

To read more and apply, go to this page.

Not sure about whether you will be heading around in business, though… 🙂

Source: NY Times

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

1 Comment

  • This looks like an amazing opportunity, will definitely be checking it out! I wonder if they’ll let you book all those flights on a card with points – that’d be one heck of a way to seriously rack up some points, haha!