Why every backpacker should do a work-exchange at a hostel

I spent way too much money in San Pedro de Atacama, in part because the town itself is very expensive and I wasn’t as ready as I thought. My bad. So I went to Arica, Chile, a town known as a city with eternal spring. It’s also a desert town but has a beach right next to it. It’s also known to have an Afro-Chilean population and there are many descendants of Chinese immigrants from the 1890s. This explains the many Chinese restaurants that offer chifa that aren’t Peruvian.

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Why freelance writers ghost you (and some possible solutions)

Anyone can get ghosted, even the best-paying clients. Is this dumb? Absolutely. Are the reasons always bad? Yeah. Like any industry freelance writers sometimes bail and it hurts both our and our (former) client’s reputations. I’m going to confess that in my dumber days I ghosted a client for a gig that paid $200. I never did that to anyone again though. After asking for advice from other colleagues I’ve devised a system to help me avoid doing this.

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A freelancer’s journey, part 2: resources to help you stay organized

Most people think you need to hoard industry secrets in order to hit it big. But I believe in giving, just not too much. I’m sharing my journey to becoming a freelance writer in a multi-part series. This series will continue to grow as I continue to make mistakes grow as a writer and person. If you’re a budding freelance writer, I hope this series is of help to you. Now go toast to your dreams with that bottle of wine you’ve just bought with the change you just found under your sofa!

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A freelancer’s journey, part 1

Most people think you need to hoard industry secrets in order to hit it big. But I believe in giving, just not too much. I’m sharing my journey to becoming a freelance writer in a multi-part series. This series will continue to grow as I continue to make mistakes grow as a writer and person. If you’re a budding freelance writer, I hope this series is of help to you. Now go toast to your dreams with that bottle of wine you’ve just bought with the change you just found under your sofa!

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