As a journalist, I wanted to take the liberty to speak about how the Worldpackers platform works, and also show the women who are also interested in doing this what they might expect from it.
Well then. Here I am. Living a totally different and also much more interesting experience of travel.
For you to get an idea of what I’m trying to say, I picked five things that I didn’t expect to happen during my first week at the hostel, but that did happen (all good!).
Some interesting facts about my 1st week in the hostel:
1. Being well received
Honestly, I couldn’t imagine what my reception would be like here. I was hoping to come, talk about the details of the job and that’s it. However, I was super welcomed by everyone (and entitled to a caipirinha).
2. Confronting my fears
I’ve always been afraid to stay in a mixed dorm room. It was a fear I had tried to overcome, but with no success.
Here, I somehow “conquered” this fear. I think that it was an important experience to my growth as a person and as a traveler.
3. Learning a new culture
I totally believe in the cliche of “Brazil is many countries in one”, because with each new state I’m surprised by the cultural differences.
Here in Rio Grande do Sul was no different. In Gramado specifically, the life style is something else. I only realized this because I’m experiencing a different style of travel as a Worldpacker.
4. Getting to know the destination in a deeper way
Yeah, I was one of those people who ran up the credit card in almost all the tourist spots (I still do this, I confess). However, I learned through this experience as a Worldpacker that with more time and more experience in the culture, it’s possible to observe and get to know everything with much more depth.
5. Wanting to continue “Worldpackering” out there
It was meant to be just one experience and that’s it, but the desire to continue traveling with Worldpackers was much stronger. Now I already have a scheduled trip to Foz do Iguaçu.
All in all, I think these are basically the things that happened to me that I did not expect.