‘Hotel tester’ is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Dream job? 'Hotel tester' paid to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough (but the loo inspection isn't quite as fun)

  • Zhuang Jing, a professional Hotel Test Sleeper for online company Qunar
  • She was selected to trial, and sleep in, a number of hotels as her jobÃ?Â
  • MailOnline has selected similar ways you can get paid to travel the world

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Sleeping on the job is actively encouraged for this role.Ã?Â

Beijing-based Zhuang Jing is a professional 'Hotel Test Sleeper' for online company Qunar.

She was selected to trial, and sleep in, a number of hotels for what many would describe as a dream job.Ã?Â

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Zhuang was selected as one of three final winners out of 7,800 candidates and started working for Qunar as a Professional Hotel Test Sleeper in March 2010. Here she finds a single hair on the bed of a boutique hotel

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

It's a hard life: At present, she has slept at more than 200 hotels role-playing travellers of different types, ages and genders to see how it fits each guests needs

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Zhuang cannot leave a stone unturned in her role, and must be discreet so the hotel has no idea what she is up to

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Here Zhuang tests a hotel's pillows for softness – before laying her head down on them and going to sleep

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Zhuang at an entrance of a Beijing traditional hotel with courtyard houses, known as 'Siheyuan' in Chinese

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Zhuang checks a bottle of body wash in the bathroom of a boutique hotel in central Beijing

Zhuang was chosen to be one of three recruits who were selected from 7,800 hopefuls.Ã?Â

Her role began in March 2010, and she has slept in over 200 hotels as part of her research.

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'My job is to role-play travellers of different types, different ages and genders at different scenarios, and see how each hotel fits their particular needs.' Zhuang said.Ã?Â

The Hotel Test Sleepers are required to sleep at the selected hotels without letting on they are they to conduct a review.Ã?Â

After their stay, Zhuang and the fellow Test Sleepers have to write up their review, including details about the facilities, location, prices, dining and cleanliness.Ã? Ã?Â

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Zhuang checks the network speed of WiFi on her iPad at the public area of a Beijing traditional hotel

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Zhuang takes a picture of a Chinese porcelain in a public living room at a Beijing � hotel

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

The job requires a high attention to details as she only stays for one night in each hotel

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Checking a tea cup at a business chain hotel. Zhuang often uses a camera or camcorder to document her findings for her reviews

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Zhuang writes down everything from the air conditioner temperature, restaurant prices to the water pressure in the shower and piping drainage in the room

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Zhuang examines the mattresses for their structure and cleanliness during her hotel stayÃ?Â

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Zhuang's bed inspections are extremely thorough and include testing every part of the mattress

And she is not the only lucky person to be paid for sleeping, as the following opportunities demonstrate.

Become a luxury holiday reviewer…Ã?Â

If you are setting your sights on purely five-star accommodation, perhaps you should consider being a luxury travel reviewer.Ã?Â

Travel photographer Rhiannon Taylor, 29, from Australia, has turned her photography skills and penchant for globetrotting into a business, launching a website called 'In Bed With'.

Travelling the world to review and photograph the most luxurious accommodations, the avid Instagrammer has turned her social media success into a growing company.

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Dream job: Rhiannon Taylor travels the world reviewing beds, pools and room service

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Luxury life: The photographer documents her findings on her In Bed With reviewing site

With more than 12,000 followers on Instagram liking her beautiful photos of her travels, the places she stays and the food she eats, Rhiannon spotted a gap in the market for elegantly-presented hotel reviews.

She writes about everything form the best pies to the biggest beds and has travelled the world from Indonesia to the US and Mexico to document great hotels.

As well as many hotels paying Rhiannon to stay and review, they also buy her professional pictures as well.Ã?Â

'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,' she said.Ã?Â

Apply for the Best Summer Job Ever in 2016…Ã?Â

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Applicants could apply to get the Best Summer Job Ever and travel round Canada getting paid. Applications will open for next year's role in April 2016

Last year one company was advertising for the Best Summer Job ever, which would see one individual travel round Canada promoting it as a destination.Ã?Â

They would be paid for the experience and would help share the places they discovered with others.Ã?Â

The winner was Nino from Hamilton, who secured the coveted spot ahead of 2,200 other applicants.Ã?Â

He is now touring round the country for the entire summer, whilst getting paid for the luxury.Ã?Â

Applications will open in April 2016 for next summer's opportunity.

Apply to be a Global Dinner Party Critic (travel included)…Ã?Â

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Dine as you travel:� VeryFirstTo are looking for a dinner party critic to rate a range of different parties over three continents

This opportunity, currently being offered by VeryFirstTo, is the ultimate role for lovers of interiors, travel, socialising, and food.

The critic will be required to review dinner parties around the globe � both corporate and private, covering four different dining experiences on three continents.

The candidate will have their accommodation provided and will be expected to write up an informed review covered aspects from theÃ? menu and interiors to music, welcome, atmosphere, guests and conversation.Ã?Â

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

The candidate will have their accommodation provided and will write up an informed review covered aspects from the menu and interiors to music, welcome, atmosphere, guests and conversation

Marcel Knobil, founder of VeryFirstTo, said: 'Having previously launched the legendary hunt for a researcher for the '$1m 1 Year Luxury Vacation', VeryFirstTo is privileged to be hosting the search for the ultimate dream appointment for anyone who loves interiors, travel, fine dining and appreciates a magnificent atmosphere.

'The individual must be an elegant wordsmith, an interiors aficionado, a cuisine connoisseur, a social media socialite, and an experienced dinner party guest.'

To apply visit the website and apply before September 3. Ã? Ã?Â

Become an AA Hotel Inspector…

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Giovanna Grossi, AA Hotel Services Group Area Manager, has to try out each hotel and sample the meals

Nights spent in luxury five-star resorts, leisurely afternoon teas, aperitifs followed by three-course dinners with wine, room service and cooked breakfasts are the norm for� Giovanna Grossi, AA Hotel Services Group Area Manager.

The accountancy graduate grew up working in her father's Italian restaurant in Southport and was driven by a real desire to raise standards in the hospitality industry.Ã?Â

As she inspects rooms, she leaves no stone – or pillow – unturned.

Her checks include inspecting showerheads for limescale, measuring light fittings and even watching TV to check it is correctly tuned.

After all this is complete she is able to head onto the hotel's restaurant to ensure the food is of a high standard.Ã?Â

Start a travel blog and work from the road…Ã?Â

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Living the dream: Johnny Ward has earned over a million pounds while travelling the world. Pictured in Thailand with his flight attendant girlfriend who often joins him around the world

One 31-year-old is on track for seeing every single country – and he's become a millionaire while he's been exploring.

Johnny Ward was raised by a single mother in Northern Ireland, and was desperate to see the world despite lacking the finances to do so.

Determined to not let money hold him back, he has managed to explore 152 countries and earned a whopping million dollars over the past three years – all from his laptop.

After reading how one travel blogger made �£1,939 from their site each month, he was spurred into creating his own, OneStep4Ward, even though he had no technology experience.

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Hard life in Thailand: The traveller runs a popular blog and has branched out to run his own digital media company, employing up to 12 staff

He told MailOnline Travel: 'My tech skills were on par with my grandmother's, so I had a long way to go to learning that. In terms of actual blogging, I just publish the same way I talk.'

Ward was determined to exceed what they were earning and worked hard to achieve this, making thousands before too long.

He soon began to rake in around �£4,000 monthly and as these initial pages grew in success, he ended up branching out and creating his own digital media company, Step4Ward Media, managing over 200 sites.

Apply to be a holiday reviewer…Ã?Â

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Behave like a Branson: Sir Richard's private Necker Island is one of the properties that the successful applicant will have to review

Last year another incredible job opportunity was being offered for a lucky globetrotter to tour the world for a whole year, reviewing all the most exclusive hotels and resorts.

The trip was worth a whopping $1million (�£600,000) and saw a successful applicant stay on Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island, visit David Furnish's new Champagne lounge in Las Vegas, review the Velaa Private Island hotel in the Maldives and ski in Europe's most celebrity-studded resorts.

The dream job was being advertised by Luxury Travel Intelligence, a members-only resource for affluent globetrotters, along with the website VeryFirstTo.com.Ã?Â

If you were to travel to these stylish hotspots under your own steam, you would have been expected to shell out Ã?£126,000 a week for the Velaa Private Island – the exclusive resort that boasts a Michelin star chef, dolphin watching and a honeymoon suite you can only reach by boat – and Ã?£37,500 per room per night to stay on Necker Island.

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Settle in: Necker Island is available to those who can fork out �£37,500 per night

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Exclusive access: The lucky applicant will be able to soak in the Jacuzzi on Necker Island

There was even an option to take a plus one with you so that the reviewer wouldn't have to live the high life alone.Ã?Â

So, what qualities were the interviewers looking for? Unsurprisingly, applicants needed to be discrete, discerning, eloquent and sociable.Ã?Â

They are also required to demonstrate considerable passion for travel as well as knowledge and experience, and have a fine appreciation of food, culture and entertainment.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE $1MILLION TRIPÃ?Â

Venice: Check if the canal-side Aman hotel is living up to its potential and review the new exclusive Gritti Palace hotel.Ã?Â

Necker Island: Provide a full insight into the British Virgin Island, including establishing if food has improved.Ã?Â

Buenos Aires: Review the Four Seasons hotel following its major refurbishment.Ã?Â

Miami: Assist in updating the LTI Destination Report, including checking out the new Metroplitan by Como hotel on Miami Beach, the Fisher Island Club's major refurbishment and visiting the newly-opened Roberto Cavalli Restaurant.Ã?Â

Las Vegas: Focus on new restaurant, lounge and club openings including Hakkasan and Fizz (David Furnish's new champagne lounge).Ã?Â

Maldives: Cover various new hotel openings and provide feedback on the stylish Velaa Private Island.Ã?Â

Ski Resorts: Research the most decadent newly-opened properties in France and Switzerland's key ski resorts, including W Hotel in Verbier and the The Chedi in Andermatt – both in Switzerland – and L'ApogÃ?©e in Courchevel, France.

A hotel reviewer in Finland…Ã?Â

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

What a great job: Hotel Finn in Helsinki was advertising for a 'professional sleeper' to spend 35 days testing out the beds and write all about it – the catch is that applicants must have been able to speak English and Finnish

In 2013, a hotel in Finland advertised for a 'professional sleeper' to spend 35 days testing out the beds and write all about it.

Sounds easy enough? Well, there was a catch. Applicants had to be able to speak, read and write fluently and in English and Finnish – and a few words of Russian were a bonus, too.Ã?Â

Of course there was stiff competition for the position with more than 600 would-be professional guests applying for the cushy post.

'This person will share his thoughts, adventures and experiences of living in the best spot of summery Helsinki,' the job spec boasted.Ã?Â

Or perhaps a water slide tester…

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Wanted: Travel firm First Choice advertised for a daredevil to ride and rate water slides around the world

'Hotel tester' is paid by Qunar to sleep in the beds and make sure they are comfy enough

Rather pleased: Seb Smith, 22, from Cheddar, Somerset, celebrates after beating off competition from 2,000 applicants to be named the new official water slide tester for holiday company First Choice

In 2013 Thomas Cook launched a campaign for aÃ? Ã?£20,000-a-year waterslide tester.Ã?Â

The applicant would get to travel the globe for six months visiting the world's best water parks and rating their slides.

Leeds student Seb Smith beat off competition from 2,000 applicants to land the role.Ã?Â

The university student said his dreams had 'come true' now he would spend the whole summer travelling to exotic locations across the globe riding and rating the company's most exhilarating chutes.

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