Holiday repping can turn a couple of months of work into an experience of a lifetime and push your gap year to all new heights.
Many young adults consider becoming a holiday rep during their gap year to create experiences. However, after researching into the job, it appears that it may not be suitable for everyone.
Becoming a rep can be such a long process and very time consuming but enjoyable at the same time.
The overall experience can be both amazing and straining as there are so many perks of the job, but yet so many responsibilities alongside.
Sophie Harris, (26) is a holiday rep from Manchester, who has worked for 3 seasons, including 2 summer seasons and a winter one. She’s been in Ayia Napa, Mallorca and Andorra whilst working as a rep.
There are so many pros of being a holiday rep, from discounted food to free excursions. However, like in most jobs, there are negatives too.
Sophie said that some of the pros of the job include free tickets to events, free food and drinks that you get at the hotel you work at and the people you get to meet.
She particularly likes the free excursions as they “allow you to take part in lots of excursions without paying as you can sell tickets a lot better if you have a full understanding of what the excursion is and what’s included.”
Being a rep means working a whole lot of hours, with none or very little flexibility, which is a con but an expectation. As Sophie said: “If you sign up for the season, you need to complete the season.”
However, every one is human so if you do need to go home for a family matter, e.g. a funeral, you would be allowed to go, but at the expense of the yourself.
Another great advantage of becoming a rep is the ability to learn new skills or sports. Sophie was lucky enough to work throughout a winter season and was able to attend ski school beforehand.
Sophie said: “I couldn’t ski when I signed up and the company I worked for paid for my ski school so I was up and running by the time the season started.”
When Sophie was working away, she had to deal with all sorts of situations such as: “deaths, broken backs, broken down coaches that lead to missed flights and even a tarantula infestation.”
Sophie says, “you will be expected to always have a smile on your face and make the best effort you can for every customer.”
According to Sophie, one of the greatest parts of being a rep is the end of August party. It’s nice for the company to reward you for a full seasons worth of excitement, upset and everything in between.
Managing your money abroad as a rep is something that can come really easy also. According to Sophie, lots of hotels will deduct the costs for bills etc. in your wage as well as giving you free/discounted food and drinks at the hotel you work at.
“The money you make is mostly spending money.”
Applying to become a holiday rep is a long process and involves multiple stages before even jetting off to your assigned destination.
You would need to apply online.
If you are lucky enough to get through all the stages and the face-to-face interview, you would then be given a placement of where you will be working a few months before.
Also, you will be sent abroad for training, but not necessarily the place you will be working, a matter weeks before you start the job.
Sophie advises people to “be careful” as she herself has seen “a few hours stories of people quitting their jobs, selling their cars or even splitting up with their partners and then not making the season.”
Sophie has enjoyed all of her seasons that she has experienced and would recommend to anyone who is “strong minded and outgoing” as it is really hard work and challenging at times.
Getting homesick can be a real worry for anyone adventuring in a new country in the best of times, but being a rep involves being away from home for a matter of months.
Sophie admits to getting homesick and states that “anyone that says they don’t get homesick in one way or another would be lying.”
She also suggests to people who are feeling homesick to “look at the bigger picture.”
Sophie has experienced things she never thought she would’ve and the job itself has changed her into a different person who is more independent. She has absolutely loved her experiences and would recommend it to anyone who is willing to give it a go.
If you have considered holiday repping as an option for a gap year, here are some links below on extra advice and the applying process: