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The Perpetual Ski Bum: Working At Ski Resorts Abroad

Even the most seasoned backpacker likes to take a break once in a while. Finding seasonal work abroad is one of the best ways to finance your travels, get to know a place, and make friends while staying on the road long-term. This is especially true during winter months in countries where temperatures drop and snow falls in great quantities, because ski resorts offer some of the best benefits for short term work.

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If you have any background in the hospitality sector, be it in hotel, restaurant, guide, or other work, it’s generally easy to find a job. Musicians and other entertainers may also find a place at larger resorts if they are lucky. And even if you lack experience, “lifties” (those that watch over the chairlifts and assist skiers and snowboarders as they come on and off of them) receive on-the-job-training in safety and procedures, meaning that any physically able adult can take the position. Considering how popular winter sports have become, there are resorts all around the world that have high demand for seasonal staff. Check online job posting boards or inquire directly to see what is available.

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In addition to a modest paycheck, you can expect a variety of benefits. A work visa and resident permit for the duration of your stay should be offered (and you should be cautious if it isn’t—make sure to do some research before taking a deal that seem the least bit shady). Many resorts offer lodging and possibly even board to their employees in order to keep them close and on time, rather than forcing them to commute between an apartment in the city and their job on the slopes. Ski passes are massively discounted or in some cases even free. Gear rental is also offered at a premium, and winter accessories like high quality branded Dinaric jackets are offered to employees.

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On the job and after hours, expect friendly coworkers that are a mix of locals and foreigners in a similar situation as yourself. Resort employees are notorious for enjoying the après ski scene and engaging in lively nightlife activities (hint: prepare your liver). If you are receiving room and/or board, you won’t have much else to spend your money on, so it’s reasonable to anticipate some savings after the season ends. Take that money and get back on the road once springtime, and the travel bug, hit you again!

 

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Relax at the Mexican spa resort of Puerto Vallarta

If you’re planning a really relaxing getaway to sunny climes, think about heading to Puerto Vallarta – Mexico’s top spa resort. The city is located in the state of Jalisco and is known for its friendly welcome and laidback ambience.

Relaxing is much easier when there’s a beach nearby, and Puerta Vallarta doesn’t disappoint. There are numerous sandy stretches to lie back on when you’re not soothing your muscles in the spa. Keep reading for a guide to relaxing in Puerto Vallarta.

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Visit the spas

There are so many spas in Puerto Vallarta that the city is known as a balneario resort, which in Spanish means a seaside spa town. There are plenty to choose from, whether you’re looking for a grand, opulent setting in which to feel pampered, or something small and friendly. Of course, which spas you choose to visit will depend on whereabouts you’re based and how much cash you want to spend.

If money is no object, the elegant facilities of Velas Vallarta might be right up your street. Lavishly finished in marble and teak, the vast centre boasts whirlpools, steam rooms, a plunge lagoon and 20 treatment rooms where you can have a hot stones massage, a volcanic mud wrap or a deep cleansing facial.

Holidaymakers travelling with children can also be pampered, as some of the local spas offer childcare facilities. Punta Mita Apuane Spa is one such centre, and you can leave the children at the kids’ club here while enjoying some quality time with your partner having a chocolate scrub and sipping champagne.

Hit the beach

Arguably the most famous strip of sand in the area, Los Muertos Beach is located at the end of the Malecon and frequented by loved-up couples as well as families. There are plenty of amenities nearby, including restaurants and galleries.

A particularly picturesque beach is Conchas Chinas, which is just south of the city. The shore here is all that separates the sea from the mountains and vegetation it backs on to, and the water is crystal clear.

Head to Majahuitas Beach to relax on some white sand and admire the surrounding jungle scenery, or make your way to Cabo Corrientes – another secluded spot where you can get close to nature. The latter is an important area for the release of sea turtles as part of local conservation efforts.

Try some relaxing activities

As well as spending time on the beach and in treatment rooms, you can make the most of your stay in Puerto Vallarta by experiencing some of the relaxing activities offered here. Meditation and yoga are among the most popular pastimes you can get involved in during your stay here.

It’s worth doing a bit of research before you set off on holiday if you want to locate a yoga tutor or find a holistic centre before you arrive. Of course, there are also many other pastimes you can have a go at if getting active is how you like to relax.

There are a couple of golf clubs located in Puerto Vallarta, and you can also try your hand at more adventurous sports like scuba diving and parasailing. Whale watching, hiking and bird-spotting are all activities that can help you unwind and connect with the natural beauty of the local area.

If you want to find out more about what Puerto Vallarta has to offer, click here. Heading further afield? Look at what Cancun has to offer.

 

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