The author, Kate, at her bar on Koh Phi Phi, Thailand. © Kate Repetto, Travels with Kate.

The author, Kate, at her bar on Koh Phi Phi, Thailand. © Kate Repetto, Travels with Kate.

The time I worked for $9 a day and it was all I needed | Travels with Kate

“Job description: flyer the beach and the island for one hour during the afternoon with 3 of the other banana bar staff and then work the door promoting for 3 hours at night.

I received 300 Baht a day ($9) plus free drinks, 1 free meal (YESSS!) and a free blunt (which I never took :o)”

-Kate Repetto, Travel with Kate

Sitting here in the purple sunset in the tropical river archipelago or Si Phan Don, Laos, it’s hard not to succumb to the slow island mood.  I spent half the day sleeping and another half reading in my bungalow’s riverside hammock.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll actually get around to some exploring?

If not, there’s still a lost city a little ways north of here I intend to check out.

That island mood, though, is something that permeates much of South East Asia and its travellers in particular.  So many times, if a long weekend or holiday, or even friends coming or an extended vacation, people I meet will only be interested in going to the beaches, as if that is the only thing worth seeing.

To each their own interest I suppose.  I get vastly bored sitting on a beach day after day.  But then again, my habit of wandering backroads and ruins is sure to bore others to death.

Most of the time when people think of supporting themselves abroad, it’s doing something official and professional, or it’s doing English teaching, something so many don’t seem to treat as a job at all.  But, with a little look past the surface, there are lots of opportunities to find temporary work.  Many travellers find work in hostels or bars, perhaps even from their own talents or entrepenuership.

For example, posted next to me in a bar on Don Det right now is a flyer advertising, “Staff Wanted.  Working in restaurant and shop.  Must be able to read/speak English.  Restaurant experience preferred.”

The author of this Weekly Reblog, Kate, is someone I met in Bangkok working as an English teacher.  Since then she has moved to Koh Phi Phi, New York, and now is in Australia.  In each, she was able to find a temporary job to sustain herself and continue her travels.  This forms a large theme of her new blog, relaying her stories as a guide for others to follow.