The New York Times wants to pay you to travel around the world for a year and a half. It’s not a joke.

The New York Times made headlines this week not because of breaking news, but because of a job ad. Not just any job ad – we’re talking about the kind of job ad that sounds too good to be true. What job you might ask? Officially, The New York Times is seeking a travel reporter for a one-year, all-expenses-paid trip around the world to explore untouched "unspoiled beaches" and "museums designed by star architects."

Of course, while it sounds like a vacation, it's not a vacation — it's a job, and whoever is hired will be reporting from all over the world, documenting stories as they go — and they also need to do on-the-ground reporting to be selected for The New York Times 》Annual "52 Places to Visit in 2018" list.

This list is significant. Not only is it highly respected for predicting the best travel destinations and trends, but it also has no limitations when it comes to location. A few places that appeared on last year's list include the Atacama Desert in Chile, Dubrovnik in Croatia, Marrakech in Morocco and Greenville, South Carolina.

According to an ad posted online on October 23, The New York Times is seeking a reporter:

"We're looking for a writer who will travel to every destination on our list and tell us the story of each place as well as stories of life on the road. The ideal candidate is a permanent student of life and an astute documentary maker of the world. This person should have a well-worn passport and the ability to land in a place and distill its essence and present a compelling story in words and images."

It's a relatively dream job for anyone interested in traveling the world for free, which is why it's no surprise that the internet has gone completely crazy since the post went up.

Here’s a tweet from @nytimes that has gone viral since being posted:

So Twitter has taken notice. Here are some of the best tweets and retweets for this job post:

@KenichiSerino posted this amazing gif on their Twitter yesterday:

@emilyjodell tweeted that the job was meant for her:

the best. Work. once. The New York Times Deputy Managing Editor @cliffordlevy thinks so:

@AaronBlake ‏ wrote this very interesting fact about job listings:

New York Times editor @JessePesta had this to say about the show:

@EricLiptonNYT, investigative reporter for The New York Times , had this to say about the job:

New York Times Sunday Style Reporter @katierosman Tweet:

@malloya24 added a touch of spider humor to her tweet:

@WanderandWhine is losing his mind:

This is something I can definitely relate to, tweeted by @matokie:

If you're wondering if you qualify, here are some prerequisites for the job posting:

  • Have been to several destinations.
  • Document your trip in writing, on social media, or otherwise.
  • Be active on social media.
  • Experience working for a magazine, publishing company, newspaper, digital publication, film or other media organization.
  • You can commit to it for a whole year.

This is a great opportunity for someone, to say the least. One thing is for sure, whoever gets the job will be exploring the depths of the Earth just like before. I would love to know how to pack for a trip like this.

In the meantime, the question remains: Who will win the golden ticket for a travel writing job? Do you think you have what it takes? Click the link here to apply.