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The Best Odd Jobs For When You’re Hitchhiking Across America

If you’re on a shoestring budget, hitching across the US then you’re probably looking for some work to earn some extra money. The trick thing about odd jobs is that you want to find a place to work that meets your requirements: pays cash, starts immediately, nearby. You’ll be able to find all kinds of work out there but here are the types of job I relied on while forking my thumb out into the road.

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WWOOF It!

Okay, so with WWOOF, you don’t actually make money unless the people there are really cool, but you will get a memorable experience. WWOOF is a worldwide opportunity for travellers and volunteers to work on organic farms. Most farmers and growers will allow you to live on their property and feed you, in exchange for work on the farm. WWOOFing is a great way to meet people and get a good, home cooked meal while out on the road. You won’t make any money,  but you will have a place to crash.

Taskrabbit

In most major cities, there are opening for Taskrabbit workers. Taskrabbit is an app that allows anyone to name their price for a service they can provide. Most of the time, you’ll be picked to arrange furniture or pick up groceries, but there are a varied amount of jobs on Taskrabbit and you’ll be able to pick and choose which services you’ll perform at a rate of your choosing — pretty much the best option.

Freelance with Craigslist

If you have a particular set of skills, then you can post your willingness to use those skills for someone’s project on Craigslist. This option is last for a reason, but you’ll find all sorts of jobs in the area. One tip: look for gigs at events as those are more like to pay you cash on the spot.

No Internet, No Problem

Okay, so you don’t feel like posting everything about your life on the internet but you still want to make money on the go. You do have some options. You can create and sell trinkets as you travel. One thing that’s great about hitchhiking across America is that you’ll meet all sorts of people that haven’t done anything as interesting as what you’re doing — they’ll gladly pay a few dollars for an interesting story if it means they can walk away with a trinket. Another good option to learning an instrument and busking. Busking is easy but in some towns can provide the police with a reason to get in your business. If you see others doing it, chances are you’re good to leave your guitar case open on the sidewalk and play Wagon Wheel three or ten times.

There must be a thousand ways to make money while hitchhiking across America. You might end up in the North or the South, but you’re most likely to find work online these days. If volunteering your services on an organic farm with WWOOF doesn’t pique your interest, then you should definitely check out Craigslist and Taskrabbit for local jobs. Otherwise, you could always make little leather statues and sell them on the side of the road with a guitar in your hand.

Entertainment, Style, Travel

Who Parties Harder? Bachelors or Bachelorettes

Pre-wedding parties have been tradition since anyone can remember. The groom and his guys all get together to have a bachelor party which the bride and her bridesmaids get together for a wild bachelorette party. Both parties typically include a mountain of alcohol, sleazy strippers, and dirty hotel rooms but which party is more wild for the night? There has been much discussion in the past about which group parties harder, and there’s evidence on both sides of the aisle. Here’s my take:

Bachelor Parties and How They Rage

Bachelor parties have long been famous for complete debauchery. Most parties will include insanely drunk groomsmen, strippers, and a location that inspires madness. Forget about The Hangover, no one is ending up with a tiger. Most parties start with a road trip to an unforgettable location and fills the guest list with best friends, strippers, and bartenders. It has been said that sometimes the groom figures out that he doesn’t want to be married following a bachelor party, because he has found that all he wants is meaningless sex, but that’s typically not the case. With most grooms, they’ll be so happy to escape their wild friends and get back safely to the woman that they love. Sure, everyone loves a lap dance, but you’re more likely to see unbelievable bachelor parties in a movie than in real life.

Bachelorette Parties

Bachelorette parties are comprised of the bride and her bridesmaids, but they shouldn’t ever be considered innocent. These parties also can include strippers, booze, and friends but they also have something else: tons of penis shaped paraphernalia. Bachelorette parties are almost famous for being covered in neon colored, plastic penises. Hollywood has shown that bachelorette parties can get just as crazy as the male counterpart. However, in real life, you’re far more likely to see a party that starts strong with strippers and shots and then winds down with a couple of friends discussing their futures. The bride will usually pass out in the hotel room before most of her friends because she’s been fed shots and kept close.

So Who Parties Harder?

Bachelorette parties definitely go harder than bachelor parties. Most bachelor parties are grooms and their groomsmen just getting together for a relaxing night when, all of a sudden, a stripper shows up. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a lot of fun, but it doesn’t really pass for a wild night of drunken shenanigans. This is because bachelor parties are typically just a way for the groom to sit down with his friends and enjoy a final night of being unaccounted for while the other kind of party is more of a free-for-all. Bachelorette parties go super hard because there is, most times, a dangerous amount of alcohol being given to the bride. She’ll get so drunk that some members of the party might think of alcohol poisoning. Anyone that drunk is liable to do some crazy stuff, especially when a huge life event is on the horizon.

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Top Restaurants to Visit in the American South

The South has some of the best eats in the country. You can get comfort foods, diverse plate arrangements, and family recipes that have survived many generations. You can’t help but want to visit these restaurants:

The Homeplace

Catawba, VA

The Homeplace is one of those magical restaurants that you imagine to litter the American South. It’s a family owned establishment in the middle of a farm. When you first pull up, you’ll wonder if you’re in the right place because The Homeplace is seriously just a house in the middle of a farm. It is only $18 dollars for an all you can eat experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. You’ll be seated at a table and then you’ll only have to stand again to leave. That’s right — they bring the food to you! Your table will fill up with plates of fried chicken, biscuits, green beans, casseroles and all sorts of fatty comfort foods that you’re only going to want more of. As soon as your plate is empty, they’ll bring more until you say stop. Wash it down with some of their house blend sweet tea and then prepare for a home cooked dessert. This place is seriously amazing.

Rhubard

Ashville, NC

Gourmet specialist John Fleer appears to have the golden touch. He can practically bring home credit for that last nibble of in vogue Benton’s bacon you had in Los Angeles or New Orleans or Brooklyn. He brought the Tennessee smokers’ porky merchandise out of the Appalachian foothills and onto, for all intents and purposes, each and every menu that includes bacon. What’s more, talking about those mountains, Fleer was the gourmet specialist at Blackberry Farm for a long time (he cleared out in 2007) and lifted the district’s natural Southern cooking of to be today’s go-to popular nourishment all through the nation. Rhubarb, opened in 2013, is the freshest expansion to Ashville’s heritage.

Franklin’s BBQ

Austin, TX

Of course Franklin’s is making this list. If you want amazing barbeque and you find yourself in Austin, one of America’s best cities, then Franklin’s is the only place you’ll want to go. Be prepared though — you could be waiting in line for 3 hours or longer to get a taste of Franklin’s famous brisket. This restaurant has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and countless other shows, it’s reputation is legendary.

Dooky Chase

New Orleans, LA

Dooky Chase is another legendary place to eat in the south. This organization started life in 1941 as a bar; from that point forward, it’s facilitated social equality pioneers, celebrated artists, no less than two U.S. presidents, and countless favorite New Orleanians like Lil’ Wayne. Leah Chase assumed responsibility of the kitchen in 1946 subsequent to meeting and marrying Edgar “Dooky” Chase, Jr. The restaurant is known for its famous creole cooking.

These are just some of the restaurants you can find in the south that will beat your palate into submission. You’ll experience some of the best foods you can ever find and have a memory which lasts a lifetime. If you eat at one of these places, you’ll be telling the story for years to come.