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Life as a Professional Tourist

Life as a Professional Tourist
This woman has taken a permanent vacation in her hometown — and gets paid to do it. Discover how her excursions and adventures help you enjoy your visit to her vacation destination.

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Jane Ellis was born and raised in Nashville, Ind., but after high school she headed out to California with her best friend. By the time she made her way back to the Midwest, she had gained a "much greater appreciation" for her hometown, Ellis says.

 

That appreciation continues as Ellis has the "best job in Brown County," she says, as the executive director of the Brown County Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We get paid to go out and talk to people. We get to talk to people who are on vacation, having fun," she says. "They're happy to be in Brown County, we're happy to see them, and we get that direct interaction with the visitor who we're really here to serve."

 

Part of her work in serving the guests of Brown County has been to help create itineraries for them. "The two main things we see here are groups of girls walking around, having fun or couples," Ellis says, so to cater to these groups, she and the other members of the Brown County Convention & Visitors Bureau developed both a Girlfriends Getaway and Romantic Retreats, available on the Brown County Web site.

 

The itineraries wouldn't be complete without some research, though, so Ellis makes it her job to test and experience all of the different activities and events. "I try to do a little bit of everything that there is to do," she says.

 

So Ellis has done everything from mountain biking to taking a Vixen Dance Class, which mixes yoga, Pilates and erotic dance. She also has participated in the many workshops offered around town that live up to the area's tagline, "Arts, nature and adventure." All in a day's work, right?

 

In addition to the unique shops, artistic flair and natural setting of the area, Ellis adds to the real reason that keeps people coming back for more of Brown County — the people. "We have a lot of diverse people, a lot of unique individuals here, and it doesn't take far to find one that you can sit and engage in good conversation with," she says.

 

Ellis herself has gone out of her way to show visitors a warm welcome. One group of men started an annual tradition to go to Brown County and camp through Super Bowl weekend. They set up camp, brought out their TVs and didn't forget the satellite. "I kept hearing about them on the radio and thought, 'Oh, I have to go see who these people are,' and it's just a great group of guys," she says.

 

For more information on how you can enjoy the works of Ellis and her team, head to BrownCounty.com.

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS

Photo courtesy of the Brown County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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