Get­away keeps the girl­friends away

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Front Page - COLIN VICK­ERY

GET­AWAY is the best job on tele­vi­sion, un­less you’re in a re­la­tion­ship. When Ja­son Dun­das signed on as a re­porter for Nine’s travel show in Jan­uary 2007 he had a girl­friend. Twenty-two months later, the re­la­tion­ship is over and he’s sin­gle.

Dun­das (left) came to Nine’s at­ten­tion af­ter he co-hosted MTV’s To­tal Re­quest Live. The Get­away of­fer was too good to refuse, even if Dun­das had no real de­sire to travel.

He’s been on the road ever since, us­ing email, Skype and a black­berry to keep in con­tact with friends and fam­ily.

‘‘It’s hard to keep re­la­tion­ships on the show. I had a girl­friend when I first started and I was pretty close to the fam­ily so the whole leav­ing the fam­ily thing and leav­ing all my mates was pretty full-on to start with. Now I just hang with friends,’’ Dun­das says.

Dun­das took out the 2008 Cleo Bach­e­lor of the Year in March, beat­ing hope­fuls in­clud­ing singer Dean Geyer, Sun­rise re­porter James Tobin and for­mer Vic­to­rian Premier Jeff Ken­nett’s son An­gus.

‘‘He def­i­nitely ticks a lot of the boxes in what women are looking for,’’ Cleo ed­i­tor Nedahl Ste­lio said at the time.

‘‘The award was a good thing. It made peo­ple aware of who I was. It put me on the map,’’ Dun­das says.

Dun­das nom­i­nates Egypt, Aus­tria and Viet­nam as his favourite over­seas des­ti­na­tion, but says his non-stop in­ter­na­tional travel has made him ap­pre­ci­ate Aus­tralia a lot more.

‘‘When­ever I fly back home I do a lit­tle thanks for mak­ing me Aus­tralian. It makes you more pa­tri­otic, I guess,’’ he says.

‘‘ Get­away’s a job where you get a lot of free­dom. There’s four peo­ple (in­clud­ing the crew), you’re on the road and there’s no man­ager looking over your shoul­der.

‘‘They take you to a coun­try and un­leash you. I love to surf so I take my surf­board, rock up to a beach, tell them how it is, and they film it. It’s per­fect,’’ he says.

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