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5 reasons to travel solo

Traveling isn’t for everyone. Backpacking on your own can be pretty daunting.

There will be times you feel a little lonely or just want someone you know to watch your stuff, give their opinion and look out for you, however these minor little issues are overpowered with the opportunities, skills, lessons and adventures solo travel can give you.

Got sent this that someone took of me without realising. That was one sunset

1. Do what you want. Go where you want. Eat what you want. Sleep where you want. You have no one else you have to worry about.

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2. Most people are solo. I’ve met plenty of travellers in couples, small groups and in tours however 90% of people I come across are doing it all on there own. Lead your own adventure and it’s so much easier to meet people!

Decided to give Thai food a night off and treating ourselves to a pizza and wine night. Beautiful restaurant with fabulous people.

3. Change your mind? Want to travel with people. There is always someone willing to let you join them for some of the trip.

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Thanks to these awesome guys for coming on the trek with me. All staying in the same dorm in the city, we just decided one morning to all go together. A farther and two sons from Hawaii and 5 elephants including a one year old baby running along with us. Glad I shared the experience with such humble and down to earth guys.

Elephant trekking with three Hawaiian firefighters.

I’ve managed to meet people in the strangest of places and looked out for each other, even if it’s just a short boat ride down the Chao river in Bangkok. Even the longer bus and trains there seems to be people I’ve met in hostels and random backpackers and we stick together. Everyone looks after each other in some way!

Sky bar with an English, an ozzie and Dutch. #travel #backpacker #thailand

4. Be yourself. You’ve no one to correct you, prove yourself too, impress. Be real and honest with yourself and everyone around you.

Climbed the waterfalls, smoked a J, drank a beer, slided down the waterfalls with the locals.

5. You will develop certain skills that only traveling by yourself teaches you. Be aware, trust your gut, use your social skills and so many more. Want to know? Find out for yourself.

Had fun with the local children in the hot springs.

 

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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.

My favourite time of the day #sunset

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.

 

Like this? Make sure to check out ’13 things every season worker will understand’ by clicking here!

 

Living abroad; Malia Part 2

Warning: 18+

There is nothing on the Internet about what it’s really like to fly off to do a season abroad.
I have decided to venture into things slightly more ‘behind closed doors’

Ill be discussing more in depth with things such as RPS, workers parties, workers accommodation, tourists, workers routines and much more.

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Firstly, like mentioned in Part 1, there are very few rules. It’s a recipe for disaster and I am sure you can imagine, some very mischievous behaviour goes on. We go and get away from the dull English weather, our tedious jobs, regular dull routines to a fun, exciting life of constant parting, drinking, sunbathing and working on the busy strip.

971868_592480394136216_149836634_nPlease remember, doing a season is a lot more then getting stupidly drunk and adding numbers to your list if you get what I mean.

So what exactly are the rules?

I personally say the rules are to go out, have a good time, enjoy yourself, don’t take anything too seriously and don’t look back.

Well, if your new to working abroad you will soon know what RPS is.
Rock, Paper, Scissor. This seems to be the answer to many problems, debates or can just add mischief to your day. Somehow, it seems to work and we love it!

We all know how Rock, Paper, Scissor works. You normally do one round, it can sort anything from a dare, debate, doing a favour and much more…

Lemon.
So as silly as it may sound, this also seems to be a big hit with season workers. This can sometimes stem from RPS. If you loose and don’t go ahead with your dare you get a lemon squeezed into your eye.

If you sleep with somebody more than 3 times you also get a lemon in your eye. We all know some workers get like dogs on heat when away in the sun so just remember to wrap up.  Everyone knows every ones business in these types of destinations and I have seen a lot of lemons being squeezed.

There are many other funny and silly rules in Malia and other destinations. It just adds to the banter and craziness.

Tourists
It’s a love hate relationship. They drive us crazy with there loud obnoctious ways, speeding around on there quads and tearing the place up for a week however they pay our wages and keep Malia the fun holiday destination it is. I have met some complete wankers, and I have also met some of the funniest, most outgoing people.

One thing about working a season, is that it’s your home for the summer, your workplace. Your seeing tourists come and go every week. You find big groups try and  ‘tear the place down’. They have saved money to go on holiday and they’re excited, their ready to party. You know there is going to be the same types of people come the next week, and the next, and the next.

I’ve seen lads drive like maniacs on their quads and the girls get ridiculously drunk. Some tourists tend to be very loud and some even aggressive never the less they have saved to enjoy themselves and have every right to have a good time.

I do have to say though, they have made a huge difference to my night at work. Some can ruin it, trying to climb on the back of my moped while driving, fighting with each other but they have also made my night at work entertaining and amusing. We are wrong in feeling this slight hatred way but we all have to admit this is so true.

Selling laughing gas and shots comes with various comments from tourists. Well, I think I’ve heard everything although these are some of my ultimate favourite ones….

‘It’s cheaper in Zante’
‘I can buy 10 of those in England for that price’
‘Come on, give us a free one, don’t be tight’
‘If I buy one, can I get with you after?’

Routines.

Nap time. Oh my god. I do not understand why but all workers HAVE to nap. We are so tired from all the hard work we have done in the day. LOL.

Nap time normally happens around 6-8pm. Yes, it sounds like we are all 5 years old but you workers reading this, you know how true this is. In my case, my roommate Nina and I slept till 11. Oooops. I did not always nap as I used to go up the gym at this time or go down to the beach for the sunset and skype friends and family. This tends to be the time when all workers are hibernating and the tourists go out for dinner.

Sundance This is one of the workers parties. Despite the location about to collapse, and the three 50 year old slides that call a ‘waterpark’ this is another chance for all the workers to get together, and shock, get wasted. This previously has fallen on a Monday and cost 5 Euros to get in. They have a coach that leaves from Mcdonalds as its a 30 minute walk from the strip, or if you have a ped and want to drive it takes 2/3 minutes. There is always fancy dress themes which is a laugh, this is really where your imagination skills come in.

2.90 Royal Oak is one of the places to be when you get up. As no one really has any phones or alarm clocks it seems to be the place everyone goes to once there up for the day, get your classic 2.90 (workers English breakfast for 2.90 euros) and your set for the day. Unfortunatley Royal Oak is no longer around.

Oasis Pool Party

 What would we do without Oasis. Every Thursday this is where you will find all workers. Its 20 euros for a wristband which entitles you to entry every week the entire summer. The pool does have a delightful name of being the ‘claymdia pool’ but don’t let that bother you. I’m sure many of you reading this are some of the dirty buggers to blame. It’s wrong, but it happens.

Cage Rage Where do I start?  So in 2013 this was a weekly event and 2014 was 3 times during the season. Cage Rage is where they get two lads, same weight and roughly the same size, to fight. They can fight either MMA, thai boxing (Muay Thai) or martial arts. My first fight I watched I was almost in tears but before I knew it I was completely into it.

Malia workers are a family and every week you go and support your fellow malakas. It’s strange at first but everything is done properly, with gloves and gum sheilds, a referee and a doctor at the side. There has been some pretty shit fights and some absolute insane ones. It is all done with a kind heart and never to intentionally hurt someone. It does cost to get in but workers price tickets are available. Tourists can also take part but not many people know about it so mainly workers. These nights are defiantly not to be missed and I can confirm it will all be going ahead again in 2015.





Carvery  Every Sunday, us British folk feel the need to indulge in a large portion of food containing large quantities of meat, veg, Yorkshire puds and lots and lots of gravy. I am happy to say, Malia, and other destinations do acknowledge this desire we have. Red Lion and Beach Road are the two popular places all the workers go. Be aware, you will be induced into a serious food coma for days.

Birthdays  For those summer babies you’ll be celebrating in the messiest way.  I guess workers see it as yet another excuse to get white girl wasted. I had my 19th and 20th in Malia. It’s such an irregular day because your away from home. It comes with such excitement and everyone makes it so special yet you’re not with all your family and close friends which is always a little sad.
Two words come into mind when planning a birthday.. ‘DAY SESH’.

Your fellow workers will do anything to get you extremely drunk so be prepared! Both my birthdays I spent on the Malia Booze Cruise and may I add, one of the best days of my summer. They take you out into the ocean and without a doubt, very messy however it is such a beautiful trip. A little shout out to the gorgeous girls who came on for my birthday and the booze cruise team for making it such an awesome birthday!

Luckily I got asked to work on the Malia Booze Cruise for 2015 summer. Click here to check out my vlog. Best job I have ever had.

Birthdays are also supposed to be pretty sentimental and civil so we do try and get some kind of birthday meal going on. I had my 20th meal in Stallis at a breath taking restaurant by the sea however we all know The Brasserie is the place to be. Telling them it’s your birthday also gets you a FREE chocolate brownie. Might I add, the best chocolate brownie you will ever eat in your entire lifetime. Ask Dom Decyfa for more details of the brownie and he is the number one fan of the Brasserie hahaha.

Royal Hall
Well, those gym freaks. Here you go. Up in the mountains, about a 5/10 minute drive from the Malia strip is one of the most beautiful 5* star resorts. It has a large outdoor pool with one of the most sensational views over part of Crete. A small indoor pool with a sauna and steam room, so good when you have a hangover, and most importantly the gym. It is expensive to join but I loved it. If you pay for all of summer in one go it is cheaper then paying each month.

Working in Malia was the best decision I ever made. I have learnt a lot, met some life long friends and made the most ridiculous and unforgetable memories.

You have every reason to go!

13 things a season worker will understand

1. Condoms. Wear them and your shit. Don’t wear them, you will have herpes. Either way, you will be judged.



2. The hardest decision of the day is whether to eat out or have another date with a pot noodle. 



3. You have already spent half your wage before getting to bed that night.



4. Having as many rubber bands in relation to the bars and clubs defines how cool you are. 



5. Loosing at RPS and knowing your dignity will be also be lost.



6. When going home alone. A pizza, a gyros, chips or chindian and any other fast food end up become your spooning partner.



7. Hangovers become daily.



8. Forgetting to get toilet roll every time.



9. Being up before 11am only means one thing…

10. Tanning oil is your god.



11. Sorry mum, I can’t skype. I have to nap.

11. Knowing you drive like a maniac praying you make it back to England alive.


12. You cant sleep, unless your fully naked.


13. 6am is your regular bedtime.

Living abroad; Malia Part 1

I have worked two seasons as a Malia worker. Not as a rep or with a company, no contract or any idea what I was doing. I flew off when I was 18 with a plane ticket and 1 months accommodation and the rest was history.
2013, Leeds Airport, 
Boarding plane to Malia

When everyone asks how I did it. The answer is far to simple. Buy a plane ticket, pack your bags and go. There is no simpler way to put it however I am going to elaborate into things slightly more. Go through what you need to do, the feelings, the process and what it is really like to work a season abroad.

Most British party destinations other then Ibiza are similar. I have numerous friends that have worked in places such as Zante, Aiya Napa, Kavos, Maga and of course Malia. The difference is the type of people it attracts, the country, worklife and possibly the age group . Where you go is fundamentally up to you.

In these types of destinations the average jobs are PR’s, laughing gas, shot girls, bar work and ticket selling. There are other jobs for instance, in a hotel, beach staff and waitress. These are still easy to get but you will not be working on the strip with the same hours as others. The thing I love about these jobs and working abroad is that everyone has the same routine as you. Your body clock gets used to working late nights, your all working on the same strip with everyone. Some people will tell you to take over a CV, don’t listen. You normally go into a bar/club and ask if there are any jobs going and if there are, they will ask you to do a trial. The lifestyle of working a season is epic. Everything an average young adult wants, sun, booze, clubs, beaches, a laugh, plenty of banterous friends and not many rules.

Fran and I at work. 2013. Banana.

First thing is first. Choose your destination. Second, book your flight. Everyone has different ideas of where they want to go, whether you have been on holiday before or know other people going. Where ever you feel, go with it and book. It takes less then 5 minutes. I recommend booking through Skyscanner. I have found these have been the cheapest flights for myself and know many others are book on here. Choose your seat and baggage allowance and make sure you turn up at your flight.

Is that it? No.

Facebook. If you have not already, find your destinations workers facebook page, I find this is a huge help for meeting other workers, finding more about the place and the people. Click here for the Malia workers page. You have been warned (Contains shit chat, rude language and pointless posts)

When do I go?
I suggest going mid may.

The weather still is not always warm until June so it will not be very hot and sunny. Very few bars are open so they will not be looking for staff much before June. If you have money and time then go earlier. I fly mid may and feel this is best for me as I can still meet every one and get there not long before I start work. On my first year I arrived beginning of June on a Saturday, got a job the Sunday and started on the Monday. I was in the job the entire summer and went back the year after. Second time round I went 17th May and this was perfect. If you can not get out there till June or later that is fine. A lot of workers would have only just got jobs and weather is now hot. May is normally like a workers holiday where everyone meets and hangs out but there are still hundreds of workers coming all throughout summer. Do not worry, you will still be able to find work and meet everyone. I remember feeling overwhelmed with excitement counting down the days till jumping on that flight, it comes with so many emotions and this is before you even get out there! If you are a lone, do not fear. Others are in the same boat and the best thing about Malia workers is that we are a family. Just get off that plane ready to make friends and you will be fine. A lot of old and new workers start alone so it is normal.

Dollar.
In my first year I had no idea how much money I needed. I went with 300 euros and did not need a penny more. I had £200 in my bank account but refused to touch it unless I was in a serious emergency. My plane ticket there and first months accommodation is all the money I had taken. I still managed to have a ped, eat out every night, get a couple more piercings, get to star beach, go shopping and all those type of things. The best thing about living abroad is that it is so cheap. A lot of places give you workers discounts. I try and set myself a budget per day and I suggest doing this, it sometimes depended on what I earned the night before. The reason I find most people struggle to survive with their money is because they have not been working. If you work hard you will be able to live well. What most people spend there money on;

Wage £££

Most of us go with intentions to work, and most do manage to get a job. The average nightly wage is around 20-30 Euros. Depending on the bar and hours it can vary but this is the standard wage. Working on shots and laughing gas can be considerably more during mid season as it is based on commission but can also be earning half if it is quite. Greeks want loyalty and respect. You show them this and they will pay you well and keep you on. This wage is enough to live on, other jobs do offer different amounts but for the average worker on the strip, this is your likely wage a night.

Some of the boys and I before
Star Beach
  • Motor. Now for those malakas (Greek slang for wankers/friends) who know me I have always had my little looloo, the pink ped, by far the fastest ped and I was lucky to be the only one with it. In my second year they had released a couple more due to high demand of my baby but I will be having a brand new limited one this year! Eeeek. Quads are possible to get too however I don’t like driving them and are a lot slower. Workers tend to get peds and tourists go with the quads. In Malia there are quite a few rental places offering very good workers prices.

I have always used Hermes as these guys are good friends, always sorted me out and been helpful plus the Greek mechanics are totally in love with me. Lol. These guys have 3 shops over Malia and the staff are very good friends. I will always recommend as they are great to rent from. Make sure you check out everyone and see who is best for you. Insurance is normally included in the final price. Bare in mind you will need petrol, it’s pretty cheap to fill up your tank! Longest journey you normally make is to star beach or Sissi to go cliff diving.

Me Cliff diving in Sissi.
  • Food.  Lots of restaurants offer workers price and food is relatively cheap. Most mornings you are going to feel a tad hungover and a classic 2.90 from Royal Oak is a winner however I opted for a banana every morning from the supermarket as I was dieting and saving money. If I was naughty I pushed the boat out and got a gorgeous frappé and beans on toast! My favYou will live for Frappes!! (Cold sweet coffee, greek ones are the best.)

 

Salmon Pasta.
Brasserie, Malia
Breakfast.
Danelis, Malia

 

 


Sunday  Carvery.
Red Lion, Malia

 

Food is what I spent most my money on as I never cooked in unless my good friend Charlie and Stretch were cooking. Majority of workers say the same, so try and cook in and do a food shop with friends if your budgeting. There is a big supermarket right on the strip. There are so many good places to eat in Malia and around.. or you could just stick with the good old SFC!

 
  • Alcohol. It is so cheap over in these types of destinations. Most bars in Malia do 1/2 euro workers drinks and depending on where you work, you get free drinks. Get yourself to WKD for a good headfucker. 

 

Zoo do lovely cocktails, Loft is a good place for pre drinks and don’t forget to check out Energy for a good shisha. Street bar for some beer pong, Mode for some shots, Safari for a skank, Zig Zag for a shuffle, Cloud9 to pull and of course Banana. Petrinos for those early birds, Kings Cross to groove not forgetting Oasis Pool parties are a must. RnB for a grind, Help bar for a good fishbowl, Reflex to boogie. Do not forget to check out Apollo, Bar One, Heaven, Molly Malones, Corkers, Havana, Candy, Indie, Big Ben, Union Jack and many more!

Katie and I
Me on a balloon
  • Balloons. Most places will offer cheaper laughing gas to workers, be careful, I ended up spending most my money on nights out on this. 3-5 Euros.
  • Products. Make sure to take plenty of products like Shampoo, Body wash, moisturiser, hairspray and gel etc.. as they are pretty expensive over there. For those female MAC lovers they do have a MAC store in Heraklion. Again this is where I spent a lot of money.
First trip to Mac
It is possible to save! It depends on your budgeting and daily costs. The money I saved in Malia in 2014 is what I used to backpack Europe for a month.

Accommodation
This is one of the most important to get right!

In my first year I stayed in Theoni, off the top of the strip near Danelis Hotel however you can no longer rent there. The second I stayed at Flamingos before moving to Aptera, both in the centre of the strip, behind and opposite Safari.

I have always booked with Tony ‘TonyWorkersrooms Furnivalis’ and he’s great to book with. He knows what he is doing and has been doing this for years, its Bretley you don’t want to fuck with, hahaha. On average you pay 200 Euros for a month. He offers all different types of accommodation all over Malia. He also does the workers rooms for Maga, Napa, Kavos and Zant. He is happy to answer any questions you have. Do some research and see what is best for you as there are so many places to live!

Remember you can always move after a month if you don’t feel your accommodation is suitable for you. All rooms are pretty basic, in destinations like this you cannot expect much. You get beds, shower, toilet, balcony, cooker, dressing table etc.

I have never been in a room with air con and managed perfectly fine but it is a big bonus if you can get this. My first year I did not have WiFi either where I stayed but I also managed. Luckily the hotel opposite had WiFi and let us use it. I would say it does help if you can get a place with WiFi but so many places on the strip have it.

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You will undoubtedly have the trip of your lifetime. Make incredible friends, learn things about yourself, party harder then you have before, consume more alcohol then you thought was possible and live like a true season worker, I would recommend it to anyone. Remember, look after yourself, party hard, have fun and don’t look back.

Thank you to everyone who has made my summers unforgettable..   both 2013 & 2014 photos!