8/18/2016

Ibiza 2016

I have been meaning to write this post for sometime now, however life has been getting in the way.

View from my window seat on the plane

Here it goes! I went to Ibiza and it was amazing...once we sorted out all the issues. My friend and I went to work there through an agency. She got there a week before I did, and discovered the agent lied about being provided accommodation at a workers price by the club we would be working at. The club informed my friend that there was no such thing. Luckily my friend got to stay with someone she knew who already works in Ibiza as a DJ. The agent also lied about the price of the NIE (it's a Spanish NI), he said it was €60 but it turned out to be €100. This obviously added on to my limited budget. So knowing all this, I still decided to go meet my friend as the plane tickets were non-refundable.

I arrived in Ibiza at 10:30am, with no accommodation and no transfer to Sant Antoni de Portmany. Luckily I had met a lovely couple on the plane, and we shared a taxi. In retrospect, I should have just stuck to my original plan and got the bus, as the bus was €4 and the taxi was €10(for each of us). When I finally got to Sant Antoni de Portmany, the first thing I did was get a sangria whilst I waited for my friend. We ended up walking around from hostel to hostel looking for rooms, as someone told us they would be more affordable if we cut out the middle man (i.e. Booking online).

Accommodation wise over 7 days, we stayed at 3 different hostels: Hostal Rosalia, Hostal Adelino and Hotel Apartamentos Central City. They were all 1 or 2 star, but we hardly spent any time in the room so we didn't mind. One thing that we do regret is getting a room with air conditioning. Yes Spain is hot, and the AC was free, but on the 2nd day with AC - we got a horrible cold. I have had plenty of colds but this one was something else, and a local told us that people get ill because of going out in the sun then using the AC.

Sant Antoni de Portmany Beach Bay

Cafe Koppas Amazing Tex Mex


Our days consisted of pretty much what everyone does in San Antonio. Our days began with having some wonderful Spanish food by the beach. There were some really nice eateries on the sea front, as well as within the town. Then we would chill out on the beach or go sight seeing or go on boat trips. The boat trips ranged from €9 to €80+ but the more expensive they got the more incentive there was to go on them. For instance we went on a €50 cruise a few times and you got free fruit, unlimited free bar and a chance to go diving for those wanted to. These trips tended to be on smaller boats with the capacity of 40 people. The more expensive boats tended to be for either you book for the day or your typical booze cruise. I am really glad we didn't go on any boozes cruise as I feel as though my friend, and I would be out of place with the 18yr olds. So our days were pretty chill.


Sant Antoni de Portmany Water Fountain

Us Leaving The Beach on the Boat


Our evenings consisted of working for 4 hours selling shots at various bars and some clubs (not the super clubs), then we'd go out and spend our wages (which were a basic rate of €25 + unlimited commission). There was always after parties and I was amazed at we survived on 4-5hours of sleep a night. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to go to the super clubs that you see on the TV, due to the fact my shift was always at 10pm to 2am. Nonetheless, the strip and the after parties were perfect enough for me.

This working holiday was so fun, as we got to generate our wages once we got our NIEs. Additionally as workers, we got workers wrist bands which had many benefits, including but not limited to: offers on food; discounts on drinks; free entry to venues; and a multitude of other worker friends. Therefore I am really hoping that I will be go back in September.

I have been meaning to write this post for sometime now, however life has been getting in the way.


A few essentials I got before the trip.




26 comments

  1. That really sucks about how they lied but you survived and seemed to have a good time overall. x

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  2. This sounds like so much fun, although it's a shame all of those hidden costs cropped up at the beginning. That food looks amazing!

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    1. Thank you! no one likes costs cropping up :(

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  3. wow what an adventure! I can't believe the employer lied about accommodation. Looks like you still had fun though x

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    1. It was truly an adventure of adaptability x

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  4. Can't believe the agent lied to you although as someone who does agency work alongside my other jobs I shouldn't be surprised. At least you managed to have a good time regardless.

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    1. Yeah it is a shame he lied especially when its a situation where you are abroad

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  5. I can't believe you had so many troubles with your accommodation, but sounds like a fun way to do the week x

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    1. Thank you, issues aside it was really fun x

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  6. gorgeous photos!! I made the same mistake as you with using the air conditioning. Got a really bad cold. from going to it being really hot outside to really cool in my room. Wont ever make that mistake again

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  7. Sounds like you had a good time once you got past the couple of issues X

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  8. I love Ibiza, it's my favourite place in the world! I worked there many, many, many years ago and absolutely loved it. It's annoying that you had some issues but I'm glad that you had an amazing time once it was all sorted as it truly is a magical island xxx

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  9. I'm so jealous you went visit Ibiza! It's such a beautiful place!

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  10. Looks so good never been as not a huge fan over going to places like this as scared of flying oppss. X

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  11. I love Ibiza. I always wish I'd have gone on a working holiday when I was younger. It sounds like you had an amazing time!

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  12. We love Ibiza (well my folks do!) it's been a long time since they were out there, but have very fond memories of the place! Sounds like you had a good balance of work and play!

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  13. What a great way to make some money and help pay fro the holiday. I loved Ibiza when I went (a few years back now!). x

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  14. I haven't visited Ibiza before as i always thought it was just clubs but it actually looks really beautiful xxx

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  15. Its a shame that you were given false information, but great that you had an amazing holiday. I haven't been before but would love to as it looks gorgeous x

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  16. What a shame you had been lied too hun, I would be fuming! I am glad you managed to enjoy yourself x

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  17. So much beauty captured in these photos! I can't believe I haven't been to Ibiza yet :)

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  18. A working holiday looks fun. Ibiza looks amazing x

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  19. Shame you had been given false information but these photos are just amazing! Happy you enjoyed yourself!

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  20. I hope you reported them as that is intentionally misleading.

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  21. It may not seem it at the time, but it's all the holiday dramas that teach you the most and make the best stories when you retell them! Glad you had a great time once you sorted it out and settled in, though.

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