To any backpacker out there interested in saving money and having a completely unique travel experience, I would highly recommend signing up for a WFA (Work For Accommodation) hostel. We have been staying at the Beach House Backpackers hostel for over a week now and have saved several hundred dollars ($50/night for a private room) and met some great people. If you are anything like me, it’s much easier to meet people when we are sharing a common purpose or goal. No need to have the awkward ‘Hi, I’m Lindsay. What’s your name?’ conversation. When you start working for the hostel the employees start to know you, and hopefully like you, and you become a resident. It’s nice. This week Matt and I have been helping fold linens and keep the main living spaces tidy. The shift is 3 hours a day and easy work. Not a bad gig.
As you may or may not know, it has been a distant dream of ours to open a hostel in Park City someday. When we made the decision to quit our jobs and move to the other side of the world, we didn’t do so light-heartedly. We had goals. On the top of our list of ‘take-away experiences’ was to work in as many hostels as possible and learn the ropes. Mission accomplished. Next week we will be moving on to our 2nd hostel residence where we were very lucky to lock down jobs with a bit of pay, plus accommodation AND free tours! We surely don’t need anything more than that! Matt will be the Night Manager, monitoring the reception and bar area during after hours and I will be the Receptionist and Van Shuttle Driver. If you know me well at all, then you know I have little sense of direction when it comes to driving…. See what position I can get myself into by working my crafty HR skills?!? I honestly couldn’t be more excited. For better or worse!
Welcome to the next chapter of our travels – Three months at Calypso Backpackers Resort in Cairns, QLD. This should be entertaining to say the least!