What is it like to work in a hostel?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was absolute insanity. This year I got to spend an ample amount of time in New Orleans. I was absolutely psyched to finally be spending some time in one of my bucket list cities. I hadn’t specifically planned to be in NOLA for Carnivale Season and was ecstatic about my good timing.

Things started out rocky. I made a verbal agreement over the phone to work 20-25 hours a week in exchange for room/board and breakfast at Madame Isabelle’s Hostel.

Madame Isabelle’s

Though I now think the owner is a great guy and have a lot of love for this hostel I almost left as soon as I arrived. To say the  owner did not have the best conversational skills would have been understatement. He improved a lot during my stay but when I first started  he kept panicking because he thought I wasn’t going to show up or stay. When I arrived he left to go shopping instead of showing me to my sleeping quarters and the co-worker on duty hadn’t been informed where I should go. My co-worker was also super baked and kept telling me there were cockroaches everywhere. There weren’t, well at least not at the hostel. But where some of the guys had to live there was a small infestation. I was one of the lucky/unlucky ones who lived on site. Within minutes I was laughing in the kitchen because the same guy had just overloaded dish detergent in the dishwasher. And there I met another co-worker who was shaking her head but appeared amused. The manager didn’t think it was that funny when he arrived. I should have taken that as an indicator that we weren’t going to get along. That same manager ending up robbing the cash drawer, stealing the business credit card, renting a porsche, and bouncing. I think it was all the cocaine. But that’s another story.

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Why You Shouldn’t Move To Somerville, MA

Somerville, Massachusetts. A city with an entire day devoted to Marshmallow Fluff. Population 81,322. Hipster Population? Too goddamn many. Every block in Somerville has its own name so you better start getting acquainted with all of them. Somerville is a city with major quirks. Guerilla Art is nestled into even the tiniest of cracks, there’s a mural on every corner, and yetti’s can be found roaming the streets.  Davis Square being the second to last stop on the Red Line tends to have the most action but there’s a lot more to Somerville than a T stop. By the way, it’s the T. Not the subway, the T.

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Five Surprising Items That Can Get You Into Trouble Abroad

I was researching the availability of vape juice in Thailand when I came across a number of articles stating that not only would I not be able to find any there but that it was illegal to bring mine with me.

1.  Electronic Cigarettes and Vapes

Where: Thailand, India, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Lebanon, Jordan, Oman, Turkey, Thailand, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Tajikistan, Brunei, Belgium, Austria, Argentina, Brasil, Venezuela, Colombia, Uruguay, Mexico, Panama

(https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/4289492/we-reveal-the-countries-where-vaping-is-banned-and-could-even-get-you-chucked-in-prison/)

 

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17 Things Not To Do In A Hostel Dorm

Whether you’re getting ready for your first time in a dorm room or you’re an experienced backpacker here are some things that you should consider for your next hostel stay.

 

  1. Don’t hit the snooze button!

We get it, everyone has to be up early at some point but a sure way to piss off everyone in the dorm is to be that guy. Don’t be that guy.

  1. Pack the night before at a reasonable time.

If you know you’re leaving in the morning why not make it convenient for yourself? Everyone will be thankful. As long as you don’t pack in the middle of the night. Then no one will be thankful.

  1. Use reusable bags over plastic.

It’s better for the environment. And for everyone’s ears.

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A Guide to South-east Asia: Part Three – Common Health Concerns & Advice

A Guide to South-east Asia: Part Three! In which I attempt to answer general health questions and provide advice based on my personal experiences.

Sun Safety

Sun Safety is not to be downplayed. “Melanoma is the least common but the most deadly skin cancer, accounting for only about 1% of all cases, but the vast majority of skin cancer death.” (https://www.aimatmelanoma.org/about-melanoma/melanoma-stats-facts-and-figures/)

Put on sunscreen, wear a hat, and be especially cautious if you’re on antibiotics or anti-malaria medication. And as I’ll cover in part four always check for skin lightening agents in your sunscreen lotion. Keep hydrated and keep a bottle of water on hand whenever possible. If you become dizzy, disoriented, or otherwise symptomatic of heat stroke get out of the sun asap. That’s about it folks.

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General and Solo Travel Advice for backpackers on a budget.