The opportunity at Marilyn Mansion’s Guesthouse matched some very important concerns I had: the ideal duration of stay for my trip plan, tasks that were compatible with my profile (reception/administration) and a collection of good feedbacks from Worldpackers that had lived that experience.
2. How was your routine as a Worldpacker?
My tasks as a Worldpacker started at 5 PM and ended at midnight, from Thursday to Sunday. Some of the activities were the check-in process, cash management, guest’s breakfast organization and preparation, touristic tips and cleaning maintenance of the common spaces of the hotel.
My routine was smooth, and allowed me to meet people from all over the world and a little bit of their different cultures.
I also practiced (lots of!) English and Spanish, learned how a hotel business works and how to solve situations in a quick way – which is very important when you need to interact with the public.
3. Which places did you get to meet in your free time?
On my days off, I could meet incredible places such as the Cliffs of Moher, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede, with breathtaking landscapes (sometimes literally breathtaking, since the walks are looong), and an amazing vibe.
Also on my days off, I visited Howth, Kilkenny, Galway and Malahide – each place with its particular beauty, but all of them clearly reflecting the Irish culture.
I also had a lot of fun on my working days: the best part was to be able to walk around Dublin and admire its history and its beautiful low buildings. During these walks, I met museums (many of them with free entrance), churches, parks, stores and loads of (really, lots of!) pubs.
4. How much did you spend with food, transportation and leisure?
To live the experience, I reserved about 65 Euros per day – recommended value to go through the immigration process. However, I spent much less than that, since I saved a lot with food (I had breakfast at the hotel and cooked at least one meal per day) and with transportation (since I preferred to walk around the city to better meet it).
For the leisure moments and small trips, I saved by looking for the best rates and by taking some snacks so I wouldn’t spend a lot at restaurants.
5. What’s the most amazing thing about this host?
Staff was super receptive and fun, and the hotel’s location was also great: quiet and very safe neighborhood, close enough to walk the city center.
6. For what kind of traveler do you recommend this host to?
I recommend this host to people who like to interact with people of different ages and culture backgrounds, and who want to live the Irish culture and experience.