Working with Travelfish

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Indonesia/Malaysia researcher

We are looking for a full-time researcher to cover Peninsular Malaysia and Indonesia for us over the next two years. This role will have you joining three other full time researchers and a team of freelancers writing for

The position involves reviewing and gathering information on the ground of interest to independent travellers to the region. This includes hotels, restaurants, sights and transport. You'll be writing with a budget to midrange traveller in mind.

You must be a native English speaker, with Indonesian or Malaysian language skills being highly advantageous. An existing familiarity with the countries is essential. If you have not already travelled extensively in Malaysia and Indonesia, this is not the gig for you.

You must be able to work independently, be trustworthy, tech-savvy and be self-driven. You must love budget travel in Southeast Asia and be passionate about helping others love it too. We work on a strict no-freebies policy and, wherever possible, Travelfish writers research on an anonymous basis.

You must physically go everywhere you write about. This is not a desk research gig. If you're not already familiar with Travelfish, please spend some time familiarising yourself with the site before deciding if we'd be right for you.

Position includes health and travel insurance plus annual and sick leave. Base salary is A$2,500 per month, plus selected expenses (such as transportation and admissions) and a small per diem when travelling to cover (basic) accommodation and food.

For an idea of what working with Travelfish is like, please give the following two stories a read, one by a former writer, Don Morgan, and the other by David Luekens, our current Bangkok-based writer.

An itinerary and writing schedule will be developed with the successful applicant.

To apply, please submit a one page CV, and 3-4 articles you have had published (or links to them) to We need at least one referee you have previously written for whom we can contact -- this person **will** be contacted. Only successful shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Deadline for applications is September 30. Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete fresh writing samples, which will take around a half-day.

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We do not accept guest posts of any kind nor do we offer internship positions. Sorry.

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