For the past 4-5 months, I have been so focused on saving money and trying my hardest to make this Alaska dream a reality. (Part 1, 2, 3, and 4 of my documentary) I went to Alaska in June of last year for a 12 day trip and just three months after my return, I decided to move there. A friend in Alaska warned me before heading up there- "Alaska gets in your blood." Now, less than a year later, I will be a resident of the last frontier!
I am the type of person that just goes with the flow of things, accept what happens. Moving to 4,000 miles away and out of your house for the first time requires a little bit of planning. The best way for me to start this chapter is to move into a hostel.
Hostels are created for travels to spend a night and go on with their journey. It's relatively inexpensive ($5-$20 a night) and also a great source for getting information on local adventures. I have arrangements to stay at a hostel in Anchorage for however long I wish, but must find other shelter prior to their closing for winter. I spoke with the owner of the hostel for many months now. He offered me work for 10-12 hours a week around the facility that will cover the cost of my monthly rent. During my spare time, I can always link up with guests staying at the hostel, and tag along on their adventures. Sounds like a great opportunity to me! Unfortunately, I will have to share a room with 3 other employees of the hostel, but hey, it could be super fun. Who knows.
For the past 3 months, I've been completing tons of applications ranging from cleaning toilets to park ranger service. I think it would be great to have a job lined up to have some sort of income. I would absolutely love NOT to work and spend my summer backpacking around Alaska, but the only thing that is stopping me is money saved up for the long winter days. 1 to 1.5 million people visit Alaska from June to October. There is so much opportunity all over for jobs, but when that season ends, it will be tough.
So far, I have four job opportunities and interviews lined up when I arrive. As the date is coming sooner and sooner, the less I want to work. No one really wants to work and who really wants to work when they arrive to such an amazing place? So for right now, I guess I'll see which job route to choose once I arrive.
Before my descent, I will update my blog with another post.
Thanks for following my journey!