A few months ago, I decided to quit my job so I could travel.
It was risky and I didn’t know if I was making a huge mistake because it’s so common for people to hate their job and just leave it for another one. Not so common to quit working indefinitely.
Before I made the decision to book a ticket to Europe, I searched for new jobs and ideas of what to do.
I was mostly nervous due to my friends and family’s initial disapproval of me leaving with no concrete plan or agenda.
I did not have the funds to travel everywhere, so I started to think how I could spend months in Europe without going bankrupt.
My roommate at the time suggested I work in hostels abroad, so I looked into it right away. That’s when I found Worldpackers.
What I loved about finding Worldpackers was the clear expectations the website gives you. I knew exactly what to expect and what I would receive in return.
I planned on spending two months away, but the specific hostel I wanted to volunteer for was only available in September.
I was researching job opportunities in April, so this was before I physically left the United States. That’s when I decided to make it a five-month trip. I found 3 great jobs in Europe. A vegan restaurant in Normandy and two hostels in Ireland and Croatia.
Normandy and Ireland were quite chilly, so it was refreshing to get sunnier weather once I arrived in Croatia.
I’m so thankful I ended my trip in Croatia because it is such a relaxing and laid back Country. Most of my duties at Hostel Villa Angelina included folding laundry and walking guests to their rooms, and leading guests on weekly events.
Dubrovnik was not very cheap, but my host provided us with lunch every day and occasionally paid for breakfast when we went to the beach together as a team.
The hostel also provided accommodation and excursions to neighboring countries. This enabled me to see so much more of the Balkans and save some money.
I probably spent around $300 that month, but only because I loved to eat out. I am a vegetarian, so I enjoyed eating at a vegan restaurant near the main street called Nishta.
The city was filled with tourists during the summer, so the workload was a bit more at first. Walking up and down several stairs each day wasn’t easy, but it was a great workout!
By the end of my trip, I had learned a bit of Croatian and made life long friends. Everyone I worked with was so nice and made me feel right at home.
I absolutely recommend volunteering at Hostel Villa Angelina or volunteering at a hostel in general! Especially if you are someone who loves the beach and getting a nice workout for free.