We’ve stayed on lots of campsites across the UK and mainland Europe over the last few years and always had a wonderful time, last year we began to toy with the idea of living and working on a campsite. We wondered if we could transfer the good times of a holiday into the reality of day to day living; would it be feasible to live where we work, educate our kids, live in a mobile home and enjoy a long term holiday? The answer is YES!
Top 10 high lights of working on a campsite
1. Living in a new country
Do you really get to know a country when you take a 2 week holiday there? You sample the food, take the trips and get a glimpse of the country but you don’t get to fully immerse yourself and live as the locals do. We’ve been in living in Germany for 3 months now and will stay for another 6 before we move on to our next country, we already feel like we are part of the community here.
We take the tourist trips like everyone else but we also get invited to local events that you wouldn’t hear about if you were only on a short holiday; like the Easter bonfire on the top of the mountain where we ate Bratwurst and listened to a live band in front of a huge bonfire. We’re starting to pick up the language too (very slowly), hopefully by November we will be fluent but I’m not holding my breath on that!
2. You get to meet new people
What other job could we do where we get to meet new people from across the world every day? We’ve already shared drinks, meals and chats with people from Germany, Netherlands, UK, France, Belgium and South Africa and its only May, we still have another 6 months here of making new friends and sharing experiences!
3. Work is fun
Ok, when you are working on a campsite you have to do a lot of cleaning, but it really isn’t that bad. Once we have prepared and cleaned our mobiles and tents we get to spend the rest of the day chatting to our guests (usually over a bottle of wine or a cold beer) and relaxing. We manage our own time so we clean early and the rest of the day is ours to do with as we please before our guests check in. Our job is to make sure people have an awesome holiday with us, this means we get to have fun making that happen.
4. Its cheaper
We live in a mobile home on the site which is included in our employment package; we don’t have to pay any rent or utility bills so everything we earn is ours. This allows us to save for the winter months when we don’t work at all. We live comfortably and don’t go without, we shop where the locals shop rather than the tourists and we budget for one big day trip per week which keeps us busy and the kids happy.
5. Time together as a family
This is a big one for me; in the UK we used to work a minimum of 50 hours a week in our jobs, sometimes more. We rarely had any quality time together as a family as we were always too tired or too busy to go anywhere. Our kids didn’t lack for anything that money could buy but it was time together as a family that we craved. Working on a campsite has given us loads of time together, the kids are here with us when we work and we have free time every day to play games, take a walk or do anything that we want to do. Our relationship as a family is stronger than ever!
6. We get to go on loads of trips
It’s important for our customers that we are knowledgeable about the local area and the activities on offer so we go on at least one daytrip off the campsite per week, sometimes more. We’ve been to some brilliant places like the Gondwana Dinosaur Museum and the Griefvogelpark which you can read about in my other posts. When we lived in the UK we wouldn’t have been able to afford as many days out as we do now, so we are making the most of it.
7. Free access to the sites facilities
Who hasn’t dreamt of having a swimming pool, tennis court and football pitch in their back garden? We have them all now, along with mini golf, a volleyball court, vineyards and wild deer roaming around the land we live on. Ok so they’re not ours exclusively but when the campsite is quiet it can feel like they are!
8. We’re healthier
Working on a campsite keeps you fit. We spend a lot of time outdoors here, we rarely sit still as there is so much to do, see and explore. We walk a lot and the kids ride their bikes everyday. I also have the time that I never had in the UK to cook healthy, nutritious meals every day and sit and enjoy them together as a family.
9. We get to educate our kids creatively
No more classes of 30 kids to 1 teacher anymore, the world is our classroom and my kids have never been so eager to absorb and learn everything that they can. We use the internet, books, discussions and visits to places, to learn. The kids are learning a new language in its country of origin, making friends with children from different nationalities, their confidence has grown already in only a short time away.
10. Planning the next country
12 months ago I couldn’t have imagined that I would be living in another country, things happened really fast for us and before we knew it we were here in Germany but we wont stay forever, there are too many countries that we need to experience. Living and working on a campsite has given us the freedom to plan to spend our winters in any country that we fancy, winter 2015 will take us to Thailand, Cambodia & possibly Vietnam, where we will spend 3 months exploring and enjoying as much as we can before we find out which country we will be working in during 2016. Life couldn’t be better…
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