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When it’s time to go home

You talk about traveling or working abroad but what happens when it’s all over.

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Working a season abroad are some of the best times of your life. That hassle free, fun and crazy summers. Making so many incredible new friends and memories, but what happens when it’s all over?

All good things must come to an end.  Unless you have a reason to stay over winter, we all have to catch a flight back to our home life. Part of us can’t wait. Fresh bedding, a hot powerful shower and seeing our family and friends.

The first two weeks of arriving home in 2013, after my first year in Malia, I was devastated. I felt so low and lonely and no one could understand. How could they know how I felt. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy as larry to return to see everyone, nevertheless, a part of you has been left behind.

I had met people I felt I could call family. I couldn’t just hop on my little ped and drive down to the strip to see everyone. I wasn’t 30 seconds from the beach where I could just watch the sunset with a pint of mythos (and blackcurrent of course) and just relax.Pint of mythos on the beach. Perfect Sunday.You spend your summer wondering how things have changed back home. Maybe some one has moved house or job, some one has got engaged or you know someone who is now expecting a baby, but, nothing changes. You realise it’s you that’s changed.

Maybe not in the way you dress, or your hair, but what does on in your head.

Sometimes you can feel more lost in your hometown then you do when you’re abroad.

This is why I think once you have traveled or worked abroad once. You just want to continue exploring.

That’s why it’s called the travel bug.

Before you know it, your sat back on your couch or in your car. Back in the miserable weather thinking it all felt a dream. Where had the last few months gone. It feels like yesterday you got on that flight ready for a summer of your lifetime. You think of all the people you’ve met, the hilarious memories and crazy nights. The places you’ve visited and the things you’ve done. However, you’re now back home. It can take weeks to get back into the flow of home life however there always seems to be a slot. You walk down your main town street the next day and everything continues as normal.

Yesterday you were 3/4 months into a season abroad in the sizzling sun without a care in the world. You have all these mental and wonderful memories and no one knows.

The day I got back to Leeds in 2013 at the very end of August, I was walking down Briggate, the main shopping street in Leeds city Centre. I had not seen one of my most visited places in months. I was fresh meat, I was back, yet everything was carrying on as normal.

Your friends are excited to have you back. You are happy everyone is happy and healthy. Your glad to see everyone but they don’t understand. They don’t understand the misery you feel. You feel alone because you’re used to be constantly surrounded by people. Your back in your comfort and yes, this feels beautiful but part of you is left over abroad.

You’re the shiny new object. You have a tan, a million stories, new habits and workers jokes. You have experienced things people never will. Maybe witnessed things you wish you never had, done a few outrageous things and have created this unbelievable summer. It then passes. Life carries on and we are back to what we are supposed to call reality.

The questions then come. When you getting a job? What’s your plan? You getting a boyfriend? All you can think about is the experiences you’ve had. You just want to hold on to them.

In other blogs, I mention about appreciation while working abroad or travelling. One of the main things I like to emphasise is the nactual feeling of appreciation. Click here to read ‘5 things working abroad really shows you’

I find that while you’re away you start to appreciate the things you have at home. How lucky you are to live in such a modernised and clean country.  You change as a person without even realising. Sometimes it might take us to get home to realise how lucky we are, nevertheless, I also find sometimes it takes us to get home to appreciate the lifestyle us workers live. The little rules, the countless lazy days and numerous nights we don’t even know what day it is.

We talk about the harcoming home 2d parts while we’re away – finding jobs, making real friends, staying safe, learning social norms, misreading people you think you can trust – but these are all parts you get through. All of these lows are erased by the complete highs you experience.  – Kellie Donnelly





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5 things working abroad really shows you

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..

11335582_505641989590031_291486146_n1. How to budget.

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 toEUROSOS 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.


2. Appreciation

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.

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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.

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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.


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