Senior couple land dream travel internship with Luxury Escapes

FOLLOWING the nationwide search for senior interns to complete a stint with online travel site, Luxury Escapes, the lucky winners have been announced.

Victorians Jenny, 64, and Dennis McCarthy, 72, were crowned the winners from more than 5000 applicants and will now jet off on a fully paid for trip to Bali.

The couple will receive online marketing and social media training at the Luxury Escapes head office before they go, and will put their new skills to the test on a 10 day luxury Bali trip.

“Applicants were assessed for their demonstrated love for travel, creativeness of their application and ability to display a thirst for the challenge ahead — and the McCarthys hit it out of the park,” said Blake Hutchison, General Manager for Luxury Escapes.

The McCarthys, who live in McCrae on the Mornington Peninsula, applied with a video titled “Seniors Interns on the Loose”, which featured images from their travels accompanied with dramatic music and text.

“The title of the clip signifies our love of cutting loose from everyday life and exploring the world around us, so we are beyond excited to have landed this dream internship! I was dragged into retirement kicking and screaming, so we are grateful for the opportunity to upskill in the exciting world of online travel,” says Jenny.

Dennis, 72, retired from the position of Technical Manager in 2010, and loves golf, soccer and meeting new friends. Jenny, a former Business Manager at Geelong Grammar School, went back to university when she retired at the age of 60 to become a marriage celebrant and has since wed a dozen couples. They have three grandchildren.

“I’m not your average sitting and knitting type retiree,” Jenny laughs.

“I go to the gym a few days a week, and we do pilates together. But our big passion is travelling! We haven’t been to Bali in 12 years, so it will be interesting to see how it has changed,” says Jenny.

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