I have to say that most campers are friendly and even curious about our way of life. However, there are exceptions to every rule.
Unfortunately one mean person can ruin my whole evening.
I need to learn to grow a thicker skin.
We greet every guest with a smile and it is often difficult when we get nothing but rudeness back. For some people, we are nothing but minimum wage workers put here to make their world fabulous.
When something doesn’t go quite right such as their cable TV isn’t working, an unsupervised child stuffed a roll of toilet paper down the toilet and it is overflowing, or their neighbor’s music is too loud, we tend to get the wrath of the angry guest.
Many things are not under our control.
Things such as the rate for the site, the fact that it might not be entirely level, the fact that it rained and there are now puddles in their front yard. Yes, I am here to make things as easy for them as I can, but I cannot stand out there holding an umbrella over their camper when it rains.
Yes, we are minimum wage workers.
But we all chose that way of life. I have worked on the campgrounds with former teachers, a former scientist, many former military officers, former technicians, managers, computer scientists, and even business owners.
We have chosen to minimize the stress in our lives and live a simpler life. We do not deserve the abuse of random self absorbed campers.
Yes, I said it was ugly. LOL!
Drama and lazy coworkers.
Not everyone has the same work ethics. In every single campground we have worked at, there have been a mix of great workers and those that simply exist.
There are those that hold up their end of the work, and those that drive around the campground in the golf cart and hide when it gets busy. It is hard not to take it personally when it seems that you are doing the brunt of the work when paired with one of the lazy ones.
Fortunately, most campground managers are not stupid and those that aren’t willing to work are slowly let go (if they don’t go on their own).
Work camping is one of many ways to become a permanent traveler.
There are other options too, such as house sitting, temporary seasonal work in the tourist industry, ranch work, tour guiding, and working in the National and State parks. Each option, I’m sure has their good and bad points.
Even with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, we are happy with our choice and will make the best of it as we live a simpler, happier lifestyle. We can honestly recommend work camping as a means to become a full time traveler.