You Can Get Paid $1000 to Drink Coffee for a Month—As Long as You Avoid Chains

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Sustaining a caffeine habit can be costly; the average American spends more than $1000 on coffee each year. If you're looking for a way to earn back your annual coffee budget while doing as little work as possible, check out this job opening from Business.org. The small business resource site will pay one lucky person $1000 to drink coffee for a month and document their experience—the only catch is that corporate chains like Starbucks, Dunkin', and Gregorys are off-limits.

In an effort to support small businesses, Business.org will require its professional coffee drinker to get their java fix via local cafes. If they're a self-professed Frappuccino addict, that's even better: The gig is all about comparing independent coffee shops to major chains and noting the benefits and drawbacks of both.

The chosen candidate will be given 25 percent of their $1000 paycheck up front, which they can use to buy their beverages. The remainder of their earnings will be paid out at the end of the month. Job requirements include visiting at least eight locally owned coffee shops; photographing every cup that's purchased; and recording information like the cost, perks, and inconveniences of going local, all while avoiding brand-name coffee shops. The coffee connoisseur will also be tasked with sharing their experience on social media, and while having a strong social presence is a plus, it's not essential.

To apply, fill out the online application form with your location, current occupation, contact information, and social media handles. You will also need to upload a video pitching yourself for the role and write a short essay stating why you'd be a good fit. If just thinking about getting the job has you craving local coffee, check out the best independent coffee shop in your state.

This Company Will Pay an “Island-Hopping Instagrammer” to Document a Greek Vacation

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If you took a vacation to Greece, you’d probably be snapping photos of every sun-soaked detail and sharing them with your friends and family on social media. As Thrillist reports, Unforgettable Greece is planning to pay one lucky traveler about $630 to do exactly that.

The company is offering a luxury nine-day tour of Greece next summer, with stops in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete. Highlights include sunset sailing in Santorini, a Jeep island tour of Mykonos’s best beaches, a cooking class in Crete, a private tour of the Acropolis, and even a free Samsung S10 you can use to document your experiences. If you think these Grecian wonders would be enjoyed best with a travel buddy by your side, we have more good news: The winner is allowed to bring a friend for free.

All you have to do to apply is upload your finest travel photo to your public Instagram account, tag @unforgettablegreece, and include the hashtag #UnforgettableInstagrammer in your caption. Unforgettable Greece’s expert judges will choose their favorite photo and notify the winning “Island-Hopping Instagrammer” after the competition closes on Friday, November 15.

Though you don’t need to have any specific background in order to apply, the position is well-suited for those “with a passion for travel and photography” who “can reel off the best travel hashtags, are always looking for opportunities to capture a scenic shot, and know how to make people double-tap on your Insta shots.” If that sounds like it was written with you in mind, apply here.

It’s part of Unforgettable Greece’s venture to drum up enthusiasm for their recently launched Greece tours and also compile visual content to promote them across their own social media accounts.

While you’re waiting to find out if you’ve Instagrammed your way into a free vacation, check out these Greek words you might recognize from their English roots.

[h/t Thrillist]

Ski.com Wants to Pay You $2000 to Go on an Epic Ski Vacation

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The northern Rockies have already been hit with a massive snowstorm, and that means ski season is almost upon us. This year, Ski.com is planning to make dreams come true for not one, not two, but 12 lucky skiers.

Travel + Leisure reports that the ski vacation booking service will send two people to each of six top ski destinations, where they’ll ski their snow-loving little hearts out and document their adventures on social media. The trips are all-expenses-paid and then some; not only will skiers fly United Airlines and receive VIP resort experiences for free, they’ll also be given gear from Stio, Black Crows, Giro, and GoPro—plus a $2000 paycheck.

To apply, you have to choose one of the six destinations—Aspen Snowmass, Colorado; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Big Sky, Montana; Banff and Lake Louise, Canada; Chamonix, France; or Niseko, Japan—and create a 90-second video explaining why you’re the best person for the gig. If you’re thinking this is the perfect opportunity to try skiing for the first time ever, you might want to scope out a few bunny slopes on your own and apply for Ski.com’s Epic Dream Job next year: The listing asks that applicants be “able to ski and/or snowboard at an advanced intermediate level.”

Dan Sherman, Ski.com’s chief marketing officer, told Travel + Leisure that the decision to add 11 more winners was partly because “a very passionate community formed online in support of the [nearly 1200] applicants” last year. And, since two people will be sent to each location, you can even apply with a friend.

If you’re interested, submit your video here before October 29, and check out these ways to train off the slopes while you wait for the winners to be announced on November 19.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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