Tuesday, December 22, 2020

๐Ÿ—ป 10 Reasons You Should Consider Seasonal Work in National Parks (#parkielife) ๐Ÿ—ป

 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to just travel and live in the most beautiful places all across America? (and the world for that matter). Well you don’t have to wonder anymore you can actually do that. 

(Photo Taken by Me ๐Ÿ’–-
 Going-To-The-Sun Road, Glacier National Park 2020) 

They’re called Parkies. They’re the (technically homeless) people who live and work in National Parks. 

I feel like not enough people know about Parkie life. You live, work, and explore in some of the most beautiful places on earth. Employer housing is provided (at a small cost usually between $12-$14 a day) by many companies including Xanterra, Delaware North, and Pursuit, to name a few. Couples housing is an option and in some cases you can just bring your own RV or van and just live in that while you work there. At Xanterra, if youre one of the managers you get housing for FREE. 

(Credit: Danor Aharon/Shutterstock) 

The work is generally that of typical resort jobs. Line cook, housekeeper, front desk, night porter… etc. The pay is competitive and honestly you usually make a lot of money while you’re there because you just don’t have a lot of places to spend it. Wifi (in some locations) is kind of spotty so you won’t be doing a lot of online shopping and you’ll probably be spending most of your time outdoors. Hiking, swimming, camping, just overall enjoying the park. You get to LIVE and make MONEY where people vacation. 

(Catalina Island California - 
Photo Cred: discoverlosangeles.com)

The people you meet there are AMAZING and always down to make a new friend or ride with you 2 hours away to the nearest town or go night swimming. Honestly they're just the best type of people. 

(Top of Siyeh Pass ๐ŸŒฒ- Taken by Me ๐Ÿ’–- Glacier National Park 2020)

So without further ado, here are 10 reasons why you should quit your job and become a parkie. 

  1. You get to LIVE where people VACATION.
    • Need I say more? 
  2. You have housing provided for you.
    • Rent, utilities, laundry, its all provided for you so you don't have any bills to deal with.
  3. The People.
    • When you're stuck with the same group of people. All living, working and playing together all the time. You form some pretty deep bonds and the people you meet become friends for life. 
    • ALSO you become bffs with people from completely different generations. Some of my best friends that I met at Glacier were between the ages of 30-62. 
  4. You're disconnected from the world
    • Have you ever just wanted to fuck off into the mountains? 
    • It depends on the location but most of the time you're in pretty remote areas with limited wifi access. You're forced to live in the moment and to appreciate the people and the nature around you. 
  5. You learn to live with what you've got
    • With the nearest town/store 2 hours away, you don't have the luxury of just running to the store whenever you need/want something. You have to learn to live with what you have and learn that that is enough. 
  6. You get closer to nature. 
    • This is kind of obvious, but you really get up and close with nature and you learn how important it is to protect it.  
  7. You have some pretty wild experiences.
    • Do you know how many people I've worked with that has some crazy story about some wild and esoteric thing thats happened to them while in the park? All of them. Every. Single. One. 
  8. You learn about yourself
    • When you're stuck in the middle of nowhere with no wifi or any kind of comforts of home. You really get to know who you are as a person and whats important to you. I won't elaborate. But if you've been there you know. 
  9. You get to Travel.
    • You get to travel all over the US and see places that other people only hear about. 
    • "Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer"
  10. It changes you. 
    • If you've been stuck feeling completely uninspired by life. Parkie life will change all of that and you're start seeing the world in a completely different way.  

Going-To-The-Sun Road ☀️Taken by Me ๐Ÿ’– - Glacier National Park 2020 

Life is confusing and possibly meaningless so why not GET the fuck out there and enjoy it? It would seem like a waste if you didn't. Anyway this is Katie signing off ✌๐Ÿผ

Here is a super fun video FURTHER illustrating why you should consider Parkie Life ↓

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