When someone flies off for a season abroad it tends to be for certain reasons. Young, single and ready for a heck of a good time.
In the three years I’ve done lived out in Malia, I have had my fair share of some crazy nights out, messy day sesh’s, embarrassing moments and a lot more. Working a season abroad comes with many ups and downs. It comes with a lot of careless, easy, hassle free time.
We get away from England to spend our days living in the scorching sun, going out every night, lounging around pools and sunbathing on beautiful beaches with friends.
Other then learning how to party, drink, tan, get sloshy, day sash, drive a moped, order the best gyros and get over your shit tattoo here’s a few more things you may learn..
You work for little money, and spend little money. That’s just how it works, unless you’re in Ibiza of course. Sometimes you don’t know how much you will be earning at work or even when you’ll be working next. I have walked away from work with 5 euros, sometimes I’ve walked away with 100. Working commission really varies on your income and learning how to spend this is naturally something you’ll find yourself doing.
Some jobs have a set wage but before you know it, few drinks bought and a fuck off size of pizza eaten, you’ve spent bloody half of it.
Little things all add up. Petrol, toiletires, laundry, water, food, days out. It all sounds so basic and obvious but surprisingly enough, this is new for a lot of people. These little things add up and really show you how to budget your money.
So the obvious. The amount of times I would do anything for a hot shower, to sleep in a large clean double bed. Be able to get a pint of water from the tap without wanting to puke.
Not only are us guys from England, or places like America or Australia lucky to be able to have such luxuries like clean tap water, constant flow of hot water and incredible clean and quick health services but I mean appreciation for your home life.
For me personally, I have a very supportive and close family but I have always been very independent and not overally family orientated. Always keep myself to myself and enjoyed the privacy. However, once you’re away from home for any reason, even leaving for uni or moving cities, when your living in a different country away from all you comforts and people that deeply care for you, it can become challenging. Despite the constant flow of exciting days and busy nights there is a lot of time to think about home.
Being away from friends and family is sometimes what we all need and I know plenty of people who come and work a season abroad get away from home life but in reality, it’s our lives. It’s where we feel our most comfortable and living in Greece for summer has definitely turned me into a different person purely for the fact of realising who I have back at home and how lucky I am.
You end up appreciating having your own room with a cosy bed, having constant hot water. We might not appreciate the weather or the expenses of certain things back home but working a season really can show you exactly how lucky we all are.
3. Learning to adapt
This is necessary in more ways than one. Learning to adapt to the heat, the independency, the culture, the currency, the different laws and rules. I feel as though many people think working a season abroad limits us to a British tourist filled strip. Let me tell me your wrong.
Living in the scorching heat is pretty new for a lot of us workers. Especially if you are coming from the UK. Living in the hot sun constantly can get pretty tough. Keeping yourself hydrated, living around all the bugs and mosquitos. Boring as this may sound, and I’m all for wacking the baby oil out and sacking the water off for a pint of mythos, remember where you are and what’s going on.
Not only is the weather different from home but the way everyone lives. The crazy ped driving. For those guys reading this who are currently working a season abroad will know how crazy these locals drive around. Not too mention those wafty tourists on the quads racing about. Anyhow, each town or country anywhere around the world has slightly different expectations and laws. Even just certain things we have to do out of respect. These places might be English spoken destinations but be prepared to adapt to the local rules.
4. What’s out there
So yes, Malia is a british tourist party destination and trust me, lots of partying goes on but, BUT, there is a lot more out here, or wherever you’re doing a season. Involve yourself with places other than the strip. It really shows you how incredible these villages and towns are. Find out what is around you, talk to the locals, do some research and loose yourself in other places. Make use of the clear blue beaches and breathtaking views from the mountains. During my seasons abroad I always keep finding beautiful places that surprise me. There is always so much to do, so go do it. The world can be a cruel and scary but it’s bloody beautiful.
5. Make yourself number 1
This may sound a little strange but this is what my auntie said just before I left for my first season abroad and I will never forget it. It basically means make sure you look after yourself. Back at home, we all like to put other people infront of us. Make sure others are happy and please, never loose this, this is always a great quality to have. Nevertheless, when you leave to work abroad you have to make sure you keep yourself as well as possible. Even little accidents can take weeks longer to recover, or scars and cuts take longer to heal. It’s a little easier to have accidents and become ill out in these places. Ped accidents, drunken incidents, sunburn, chest infections, the lot. The aircon, tempreture, bad water/ice can make us have awful chesty coughs. Keep yourself number one and try and maintain a relatively good diet and well being. We all want to make it home in one piece.