Ben Southall is an adventurer, digital journalist and presenter. In 2009 he beat 35,000 people to win the Best Job in the World and become the ‘Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef’ in Australia.
In 2008 he climbed five of Africa’s highest mountains and ran five marathons during his circumnavigation of the continent with his Afritrex expedition. During 2011 he kayaked 1600kms along the Great Barrier Reef retracing Captain Cook’s ‘Voyage of Discovery’ with the Best Expedition in the World.
Ben has set a number of world records; the Aussie 8 – the fastest ever ascent of the tallest mountain in each state in Australia, and the New Zealand 9 – the fastest ever completion of New Zealand’s Nine Great Walks – totalling 545km in 9 days, and Cycle The Citadel – 100 laps of the Roman citadel in Alba Iulia, Romania, in 15 hours.
In 2016 Ben and his wife Sophee completed their Best Life in the World expedition – a 55,000km, 12-month drive through 33 countries from Singapore to London.
He presented his own series The Best Job in the World on Nat Geo’s Adventure Channel, which aired in more than 315 million homes in 165 countries and 34 languages.
Ben’s adventure travel company Best Life Adventures takes groups of would-be adventurers into the great outdoors and disconnects them from technology to take on epic expeditions in remote parts of the world.