- Sorelle Amore
- 28-year-old Australian-born Sorelle Amore landed a job travelling around the world staying in luxury 5-star villas for three months.
- Third Home paid her $10,000 (£7,600) a month and covered her expenses while Amore Instagrammed and vlogged about her trip.
- She visited 12 luxury properties in destinations like Scotland, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and Croatia.
Meet 28-year-old Australian Sorelle Amore, a vlogger who was taking photos in Iceland when she heard she had been chosen to travel the world for 12 weeks staying in 5-star luxury accommodation for free – and earning $10,000 (£7,600) a month to do it.
Amore bested 17,000 other hopeful candidates who responded to the viral job posting, which was hailed as the “best job on the planet.”
Now back in her hometown of Sydney, Australia, Business Insider caught up with her to hear about her trip.
ThirdHome is a Tennessee-based luxury second home exchange club which handles multimillion pound properties dotted across the globe – it’s been called the Airbnb for the top 1%.
Earlier this year, the company announced it was looking for someone to stay at 12 of its exclusive villas in places like Scotland, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and Croatia, while Instagramming and vlogging about their stay.
Lots of travel-related companies now hire individuals with big Instagram followings to produce these kinds of sponsored posts, as it often works out cheaper than placing adverts in magazines – and typically reaches more people through the mighty powers of social media.
Amore had already set up her own YouTube channel and had a following of nearly 100,000 on Instagram, which no doubt helped her application – and land her the gig.
Her journey started in a Scottish castle called Glen House – roughly an hour from Edinburgh – on July 31. The estate is surrounded by lush parkland and woods, which Amore said she found “magical.”
The first @3rdhome property I'm staying in. Yes, it really is a castle. The vibe around this secluded property is magical. You walk around inside the majestic rooms and on the grounds of the property in total amazement and overwhelm. You feel alive, inspired and rejuvenated with every step. I cannot believe the Best Job On The Planet kicks off like this. I'm in heaven. #Scotland #Castle #BestJobOnThePlanet #ThirdHome #TravelMore
From there she headed on to a posh townhouse in Islington, London, for a week, eventually making the journey to Montana in the US.
Amore’s fourth destination was Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic…
- Sorelle Amore
…where she visited a blue lagoon, which she called the “the ultimate tropical paradise.”
- Sorelle Amore
Next up was one her favourite destinations of the trip, the Bahamas – and it’s not hard to see why.
Amore was staying at the Bougainvillea in George Town, Great Exuma, where Hollywood actress Penelope Cruz has also stayed as a guest. Her giant villa directly overlooked the white sandy beach and turquoise water.
She was allowed to have a travel companion join her at various stages of her trip. One of her best friends joined her with her baby for this stretch.
While in the Bahamas, she managed to fit in some swimming with sharks.
This is what my dreams are made of. Swimming with sharks was one of the most memorable things I've ever done. The sharks felt like soft sandpaper. I've never felt anything like it. They swam over and under me and I loved every second. Further dreams that came true on my tour yesterday was swimming with PIGS, hanging on the beach with iguanas, snorkeling in the most beautiful cave where they filmed a snippet of the James Bond movie, snorkeling over Pablo Escobar's sunken drug smuggle plane and so much more. Bahamas really is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. To top it off, the people I spent the day with were the absolute greatest. @sherbetbirdie_photography @meganolivi @joejitsu Edna & Kolvin. THANK YOU! All travel is thanks to @3rdhome! #BestJobOnThePlanet #StayWorldly #Bahamas #LIFE!
From there, she headed on to Costa Rica, another of her top picks.
- Sorelle Amore
She stayed alone at Villa Punto de Vista, a five-storey house where she had her own butler and eight other staff members to make her stay comfortable.
She told Business Insider she didn’t mind being alone, and enjoyed the nature of the nearby rainforest, from monkeys and squirrels to toucans.
“I think I felt lonely just three days out of the whole three months, as having previous experience as a solo traveller you just meet so many people,” she said.
“Everyone was super friendly.”
Amore said that she met some of the friendliest people in Costa Rica, China, and Bali.
“My travels reminded me that humans all around the world are the same, they just want love, connection, and respect,” she said. “In today’s world there’s so much fear it’s BS. Seeing how caring the world is reminded me that actually we’re OK.”
Her travels took her to Europe, too. Amore visited Arab baths in Malaga, Spain, and the stunning island of Brac in Croatia.
This is how they bathed in the Arab baths thousands of years ago right? Whenever I'm in one of these moods I should ban myself from Instagram ????????And that's the crazy weirdo joker kid mood. If you watch my insta stories you know I have a strange side to me that comes out every now and again. I'm serious and sexy one second and then BAM! The switch has been flicked. Social media can force you to box yourself in and become one thing. In marketing they call it a niche and you should stick to it to now confuse the viewer ????????♀️ But we all have so many different sides of our personality and for me, it's hard to tame the joker at times. Haha Unfortunately it ruins my perfect serious, sexy feed. But what can you do! Hehe #BestJobOnThePlanet #Spain #StayWorldly #TravelMore
The pinnacle of her trip, though, was Bali, Indonesia, the only part of her trip that her boyfriend was able to join her for.
They stayed at The Mandala House, which was voted by Elle Decoration as “One of the World’s Most Beautiful Homes” in 2017.
Yeah ok. I can work with this house for the week ???????? – @themandalahouse. This is the 9/12 home I'm staying in for the 'Best Job On The Planet' with @3rdhome. This week it's all about great Asian food, scootering around, finding monkeys at the beautiful sights, massages and LOTS of chilling around this house. Bring it! #BestJobOnThePlanet #Bali #StayWorldly #LuxuryTravel
In Bali, the couple spent their time meditating, surfing, doing yoga, and sipping plenty of cocktails.
Many “Instagram travel couples” like Jack Morris and his girlfriend Lauren Bullen even get paid by brands to globetrot together and stay at fancy resorts – and it certainly makes for some pretty dreamy photos.
Amore said that only spending one week with her boyfriend out of the entire trip has actually strengthened their relationship.
“I know that I can trust he’s OK with me going and seeing some of the world on my own,” she said, which is just as well, as she plans to travel more.
The Mandala House in Bali had a two-storey swimming pool with a see-through bottom.
Out of the 12 properties I'm going to for the Best Job On The Planet (I still can't believe I won that competition!), my boyfriend was able to join me for one of the destinations. Yay! And that was in Bali, Indonesia. And wow…what a life changing week that was. So much sun, massages, scootering around, exploring, eating some of the best foods I've had, boyfriend cuddles and of course enjoying staying at @themandalahouse. A stunning huge mansion with a double story pool, with the top one having a glass bottom. A bar in the pool, 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a gym, cinema, TV room hidden behind a bookcase, stunning decor and a palm tree within the house (stop it!). House video tour coming soon. I really didn't think I'd love Bali as much as I did. With so many Australians in Bali, I wanted to be different (hehe) and not be desperate to go back. But nope. I love it and want to go back. And there are many reasons why. Thank you @3rdhome for organizing this haven for me to stay in. Thanks boyfriendo for joining me this week. I like your face. A lot. . . . . Property ID 13298 | #BestJobOnThePlanet #Bali #Indonesia #StayWorldly #LuxuryTravel
There was also this rather fancy standalone bath.
I realize there's a lot of new people following here that don't know what wild adventure I'm on currently. So…sit back, relax and enjoy this crazy story. In May, @3rdhome who is a luxury travel and home exchange club, ran a competition called the 'Best Job On The Planet'. It was for one person to win the dream job of traveling to 12 luxurious homes valued at $2.5m on average all over the world, documenting the experience through videos, photos and articles. And so little Sorellie submitted her 1 minute application video along with 17,000 others. There were three rounds with different criteria, narrowing down to just 14 worthy finalists. It was a very, very tough, stressful and intense competition, specifically because my life at the time was not exactly flash hot awesome and I knew this was exactly what I needed to turn my life into the awesome adventure I wanted. But nevertheless, the heavens shone upon me and…this chickie came out victorious! Woo! Fast forward just a couple of months later to August 1 and it was just me, a suitcase and my fast racing, excited heart about to embark on a whirlwind experience. Dreams do come true kids. They really do. What's a dream you so desperately want for yourself to come true? . . . #BestJobOnThePlanet #LuxuryTravel #StayWorldly
Amore’s time in Indonesia was followed by a stint in China, about an hour outside Beijing, and then a week’s sailing on a TradeWinds Yacht Cabin in Fiji, where she said she spent nights sleeping out on the deck watching the stars.
Am I lonely at all when traveling? How could I be lonely when I have WILSON! I just finished exploring the island in Fiji where they filmed Castaway with Tom Hanks. The captain told me that it's impossible to walk around the island….so whilst finishing up my swim there, I spontaneously decided to check if he's correct and I ended up with battered feet, sunburn and dehydration, but it turns out the captain was wrong ???? (I'm not so good at people telling me something is impossible) Half way around the island, I started feeling like I was part of the movie. Around every corner I thought it was the end of my exploration but it kept going and going. The island was much bigger than I thought. And so some desperation set in since I didn't tell one person where I was and it was pretty damn hot. But whatever, I was totally fine and the adventure just added to the awesomeness of the visit to this Fiji island. . . . I've had a really great week this week. Thanks @tradewindslife and @3rdhome for organizing this first of a kind getaway for me! #BestJobOnThePlanet #TravelMore #Fiji #Castaway #StayWorldly
She finished her trip back on home turf – in Cromer, a suburb north of Sydney, in New South Wales.
She said she’s already planning her next few adventures – she’s heading back to Iceland in January and Egypt soon after that.
“44 is my favourite number so I’m hoping to make Egypt my 44th visited country in around February, then head back to Bali after that,” she said.
Fortunately, with most of her expenses covered by Third Home during her trip, Amore said she has managed to save most of her $30,000 wage.
“It’s a base that will keep me travelling and making short movies until I get more clients,” she said.
A common occurrence during this 3 month adventure is to wake up not knowing where I am. This is what happened when I arrived in Sydney. My alarm was set for 5am the next morning and I opened my eyes and was pleasantly surprised my sister was tight asleep next to me. "Oh that's right", I thought. I'm in Sydney for my last destination for the Best Job On The Planet! I nudged my sister softly and asked whether she wanted to run down to the Sydney Harbour and take some sunrise pictures of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Without hesitation and a smile on her face she said yes. Being away from each other for two years and knowing we have a limited time together this week, we're almost glued to one another, cherishing every moment. We quickly gathered our belongings and ran, ran, ran down to catch the sunrise. Thankfully we stayed at my favorite hotel in Sydney, the @qtsydneypics which is close to these landmarks. The moments shared down at Sydney's STUNNING harbour with my sister by my side, no one around and this giant cruise boat pulling in was so special. Lots of laughs were had as together we watched the sun come up over the city. I find travel brings out the best in people. Everyone is just seeking joyous adventures that can be shared together. There's always so much love being exchanged at every moment. What are some of your favorite travel moments that you will never forget? #Sydney #TravelMore #SeekAdventure #Australia #BestJobOnThePlanet