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Last year, Ben Southall became one of the most envied men on the planet.
In May 2009 he won the Queensland Tourism Board’s “Best job in the world” competition to become caretaker of Hamilton Island in the Great Australian Barrier Reef.
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The 34-year-old staved off competition from 36,000 rival applicants to land what was billed as a dream job which included $120,000 salary for six months, use of a $4.5 million luxury beachside villa and the chance to work, live and explore the islands that surround one of the world’s most beautiful coastal locations.
It has since emerged that Southall found the job exhausting and far from a relaxing lucky break – he has confessed to working 19-hour days, seven days a week.
A grueling grind of promotional events involved visiting 90 "exotic locations," making 47 video diaries and giving more than 250 media interviews, including a chat with Oprah Winfrey.
During his last week in the job, after a post-Christmas jet-ski session, he was stung by a potentially deadly irukandji jellyfish. Luckily he was treated before symptoms developed into a life threatening condition.
True, he also learnt to sail, play golf and kayak, while he and his girlfriend were living in paradise, but in return he has posted more than 75,000 words in 60 separate blogs, uploaded more than 2000 photos and tweeted more than 730 times. So perhaps his position was well earned?
His employers were certainly happy: Tourism Queensland has offered him a new 18-month, six-figure contract to promote their state worldwide.
Would you swap your life for his?
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