Hello, my fellow traveler buddies! So, as many of you know, one of the beliefs that I’ve always held true is the idea that travel plays a huge part in developing yourself and figuring out who you are. Something about being out of your element and routine makes you realize what matters most to you.
Recently, my good friend Jose came back from a five month trip to Alaska. He was able to do through a program called Work Arctic. In a nutshell, the program involves working in a camp in Alaska while getting free housing and meals, paychecks, and a chance to explore Alaska and make friends. The jobs differ depending on the season, but they all involve cleaning, cooking, and hosting. Sounds pretty awesome, right? “But wait! There’s more!” This program is aware of the fact that airfare is one of the most difficult aspects of traveling. As a result, they offer a season completion travel reimbursement bonus. There are four different camps you can work for: Yukon River, Coldfoot, Deadhorse, and Arctic Base. Jose worked for Coldfoot, and he said to tell you guys to do the same, because it’s definitely a fun camp. If anyone knows fun, it’s him. F is for Friends who travel together, U is for…well, I don’t know what U is for. MOVING ON!
So, aside from these awesome perks, why am I telling you guys about this? Jose came back a different man from that trip. He went off the grid, only checking in every few months from the one computer at the base. His love for life and this world was amplified insanely. He realized what he wanted out of life from this trip. Long story short, this trip is great for anyone who wants to get away and find their way in life, while also experiencing the natural beauty this world has to offer.
However, this program isn’t for everyone. First timers may find the camps to be too remote or dismal. For people with these concerns, Work Arctic suggests a Denali Park-type experience. It has a more spring-break like social atmosphere, with restaurants, bars, movie theaters, etc., close by. With thousands of coworkers around, it’s a more comfortable experience.
If you think this might be a good fit for you, I highly recommend that you fill out the application on the website. The adventure of a lifetime could be closer than you think!