Is this the world’s best job? Woman travels globe reviewing beds, pools and room service
Meet the woman who travels the world reviewing beds, pools and room service for her job.
Rhiannon Taylor, 29, created ‘In Bed With’ to document stunning hotels across the globe with a unique draw.
She has travelled everywhere from Indonesia to the U.S. and Mexico documenting things like the best pie or biggest beds.
Thanks to her quirky reviews the site has become a huge hit with people relying on her for their travel advice.
By working with companies who sell travel products such as luggage, swimwear and sleepwear she is able to monetise the site.
And many of the hotels also pay her to be featured as well as for the professional images she takes.
Rhiannon, from Melbourne, Australia, said: “I was a travel photographer for seven years which gave me endless work in different parts of the world.
“It gave me access to a huge range of hotels and I started cataloguing the perks of my work.
“I’d record what hotel in Miami had the best pie to order on room service at midnight, which hotel in LA had the best pool or where the best beds are in Hong Kong.
“About a year ago I decided to put my experiences in to an online magazine format and it really took off. The name is a bit cheeky and the concept is unique.
“Because I had built relationships with hotels and PR companies over the past seven years I was able to start contacting these resorts and establishments to see whether they’d be interested in me visiting and writing reviews.
“Thankfully a few gave me a chance and the rest is history.
“After my site was generating a really large flow of traffic hotels were able to see the benefit of being on my site and were happy to sponsor me for my photographic services.
“I also provide them with a set of more commercial style images they can use for their own purposes in addition to my editorial spread.
“So they get a 2-for-1 deal – a feature on my site with access to my readership and a set of imagery they would employ a regular photographer to do anyway.”
Rhiannon looks for unique experiences she can share and offers more information and images than review sites.
She researches excellent cuisine, location, design, whether they grow their own produce or are environmentally friendly.
This year she plans to look at experiential resorts across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and India that offer comfort nestled in incredible wilderness.
She added: “If accommodation is important to someone when travelling it can be difficult because the main sources are booking sites for rates or imagery and review sites for a public opinion.
“My site and reviews take in to consideration design, cuisine, location, atmosphere, comfort, ethical & environmental attitude and price.
“I’ve been working with tourism boards to create campaigns in certain regions and countries to showcase accommodation and the surrounding areas, which funds my travel, expenses and fees.
“Social media really catapulted my site to the world. It’s a way of showcasing your aesthetic and curating your opinion on something and inviting a social media user to subscribe to that.
“It’s just how users look to fashion bloggers for what’s cool in fashion.”