Mapping a holiday to make €10k

Some say being a cartographer can’t be fun but they clearly haven’t spent two weeks mapping a tropical island for a cool €10,000.

Sat Nav provider TomTom is offering five families or groups of friends a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend two weeks on either Fiji, St Lucia, Mauritius, Cape Verde, or the Seychelles with €10,000 in spending money.

All they have to do in return is map their island.

The Map Paradise Project will help create five new navigable maps for the islands. Anyone interested in winning the trip can fill in an application form at

No mapping experience is needed, but TomTom is looking for people who enjoy exploring beautiful places, don’t mind great weather, and who have a decent sense of direction.

Those selected for the Map Paradise Project will simply need to drive around the island in a specially equipped mapping car. This is the very first step in TomTom’s mapmaking process. Mapping field work will take anything from a day to two weeks depending on how much time is spent sunbathing, swimming, or exploring.

Corinne Vigreux, the TomTom managing director, said the trip will offer five lucky people the chance to mix some work with some pleasure on one of the world’s most beautiful islands

“This project will not only create five new navigable maps, it will also give people a unique insight into how our maps are made. And where better to start mapping than on a beautiful paradise island,” she said.

* A short film introducing the TomTom Map Paradise Project can be viewed here

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