In my last blog I talked about what a season is and how to find season work. With this post I want to give you information on how to prepare for a season and what living on a season is actually like.
So now that you have got your season work lined up it’s time to get prepared before heading off. For most people that means going shopping and packing your bag. When it comes to packing there isn’t a set list of things you should take with you, and it varies from season to season. Hopefully, by the time most of you have read this, I will have uploaded two new kit lists to the ‘Kit List’ section of my website. One is going to be for Winter season and one is going to be for Summer season however these are the basics and certainly won’t include everything you might want to take. One key thing to remember is to not overpack on the way out. Most people think that they will come home with less things as they might leave some clothes out there and they won’t have the toiletries they went out with but in my experience people come back with a lot more things. Personally I come back with more because I have collected souvenirs, gained clothes and bring home every delicacy the supermarket has to offer. Mysteriously my talent for seriously impressive packing also disappears on return journeys which means even more room in my suitcase has been taken. A good example of this would be returning from working in Lapland, I had been given a large set of reindeer antlers which luckily did fit in my luggage bag. Due to the size of the antlers however it meant that I did not have much room for clothes and especially couldn’t pack neatly round the antlers.
The point I’m trying to make with this is the fact that you never know what you are going to find or come home with. I certainly did not expect to be coming home with a set of antlers…
For the purpose of this blog post let’s pretend that you have successfully packed your bags and made it to the resort you are going to be working at. So now what can you expect? And what is season life like?
Accommodation: Where you stay on season will vary from job role to job role and company to company. Anyone who is new to season life will most likely worry about where they will be staying. Let me try put your mind at rest a bit. The standards of season living as gone up drastically in the last couple of years. At the end of the day if companies don’t have people who want to work for them then they won’t be a company for much longer. My seasons have has me staying in luxury cabins with a sauna, ski chalets in a room with 5 other guys, a ‘scout’ style tent and my own private apartment with kitchen and bathroom.
Roommates – The majority of people on seasons are like minded people and are all there for similar reasons so chances are that you will soon be best friends with your roommates and friends for years to come. Don’t worry though, if you really aren’t happy then your line manager will be able to switch you around so you are happy in your accommodation.
Privacy – You will always find privacy on a season. Even though you are all living and working together there will always be time and places when you can get some time to yourself. When I had my own room that was obviously very easy to do however sharing a room with 5 other guys meant it was a lot harder to do that. In that case we all agreed that the storage room next door with a bed in would be a place to call people and have some alone time. If the door was shut that meant someone was in there and no one would enter. The other thing you can do is simply go for a walk or go away somewhere on your own. But privacy is not anything to worry about as it is yours if you want it.
Safety – One thing I was worried about on my first season was the safety of my personal belongings. I have expensive outdoor gear and electronics so the last thing I want is for those to go missing. What you have to realise is that everyone else is worried about the exact same thing but like I say you are surrounded by like minded people. Now there will be the one off little scum you may meet one season who might steal something of yours (I’ve had it done to me) but like I say everyone is in the same boat so it isn’t something you should worry about.
Antisocial Behaviour – If you are trying to sleep then one thing you probably don’t want is your room mate blasting music out or coming back as a rowdy drunk late at night. Most seasons have a noise curfew to stop this from happening and won’t tolerate antisocial behaviour especially late at night. I have always found that there is a mutual agreement that if someone is trying to sleep then the other roommates are respectful of that. I want to shout out Saul Hope Robinson who is the first person I have known to have 10 alarms to go off in the space of 5 minutes and still not get out of bed. The man is like a human sloth.
Food: Probably the most important of any season is the food. Again the standards of staff food has gone up massively in the last couple of years. All seasons will cater for any dietary requirements whether that is gluten free, vegan or allergies. It’s your job to make the chef aware of your dietary requirements. When it comes to food I am very particular as I eat healthy and limit the amount of processed foods that go into my body. The seasons I have been on have always made fresh meals and made sure that I have got enough fresh fruit and veg. Working in Lapland – Finland I struggled because I couldn’t get enough fruit and veg due to being so far away from transport routes. I had to overcome that by making sure I was taking vitamin tablets and eating canned fruit and fish. One thing lots of seasonaires do is get people back home to send out care packages with all there favourite snacks and foods in so that is a good thing to prearrange before heading out.
Work: I’m only going to touch on this loosely as it is a big topic to go into. If you have applied for a season then you have probably applied for a job that you are interested in. Most of the time it will exceed expectations Working abroad in an amazing place makes the job so much better and a lot more enjoyable. If you get out there and just aren’t enjoying the job role then it is likely that you can swap to another job role that is more suitable for you. My best advice is speak to your line manager before you get too unhappy as they may be able to sort something out to make that job role more suitable for you.
Socialising: A big part of season life is socialising with all the other seasonaires. If you are not the most social person then don’t panic, it’s not as full on as it sounds and there isn’t any pressure. The great thing about seasons is there is a wide mix of people all with different hobbies so you will likely find someone who is passionate about things you are. One of the things I love most is the fact that I get to try loads of different hobbies that I have never done before simply through meeting these people on season. Sports is a common social activity; skiing, volleyball, football, badminton, swimming are just some to list. Then there is leisurely ones such as going out for lunch, yoga, playing guitar and singing. These are just some I have come across on my seasons so far but don’t be shy to share your passion as people will be keen to get involved.
This is just a short introduction to what season life is like. I have tried to cover the main important bits that most people have questions about. Hopefully this as cleared any doubts people may have about season life. If you have any questions or worries then please get in touch and I would be more than happy to talk you through it in more detail but from beautiful Costa Brava it’s time to go have a siesta in my hammock.