Getaway keeps the girlfriends away
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.