And the Winner of the Best Job in the World Is. . .

Have you ever been jealous of a 34-year old British man? No? Well, that may be about to change. Ben Southall fits this description and he also just found out that he got a new job. Not any job, mind you, it's the best job in the world. Southall beat 35,000 applicants to score this dream job that includes a $111,000 salary as the caretaker for the Australian island, Queensland.


Southall is described as "a bungee jumping, ostrich-riding British charity worker," used to be a tour guide in Africa, and he portrayed his sense of adventure in his application video through photographs of himself running a marathon, scuba diving, and kissing a giraffe. Queensland Tourism Minister Peter Lawlor said in a statement, "His ideas for how he will make the role his own. . . plus his initiative and ability to rise to a challenge impressed the selection panel and secured his place in the top job."

Here's the original job description: Stroll the white sands, snorkel the reef, take care of a few minor tasks, and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates. The good life will begin on July 1 for Ben, and I'll be looking for updates on his blog this Summer.

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