A man paid to travel the world in 52 weeks says it was the hardest job he’s ever had.
Sebastian Modak was paid to visit all 52 places on the New York Times’ annual “52 Places to Travel” list in the space of a year, with no days off.
“I didn’t have a day off for a full year. No weekends, no day off. There was always something to do every day,” he told Insider.
“It was like the ultimate FOMO. It’s not just that you fear you’re going to miss out on having an experience that you can have as a traveller, in a vacation area.
“I also wanted to get up early and hit the road because I had to, because I needed to take more photos and find a story, interview more people.
“So I had that pressure throughout the whole year.”
In all, the 31 year-old visited 52 countries, took 88 flights, 45 train trips and 48 boat rides, covering 193,000 kilometres.
Along the way he only missed one plane and lost just two items. Those were a pair of swim trunks and a pair of sunglasses.
Mr Modak said it was “a dream job” but also likely to be the “hardest job I ever will have”.
“I think I learned a lot about myself,” he said.
“I spent a lot of time with my own thoughts. Since I’ve been back up I’ve found myself craving alone time, which wasn’t a thing that I really craved before.
“I’m definitely more of an extroverted person. I think it taught me to be comfortable with being alone, and even enjoy it.”