17 Ways Travel has been my Greatest Teacher in Life

The greatest education in life is the one taught outside the classroom. And travel has been my greatest teacher. Having the opportunity, freedom and desire to travel has provided my greatest education in life: the one taught outside the classroom. My decision to enjoy a lifestyle dominated by travel over the past five years is […]

8 Reasons to Swap Your Briefcase for a Backpack

Whether it’s for three months or three years, swapping your briefcase for a backpack could be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. More and more people of all ages and backgrounds are choosing to take time out from their day-to-day lives to travel. They do it for different reasons, in different ways and […]

Survival Tips: The Challenge of Returning Home From Long Term Travel

The adjustment phase is the inevitable epilogue to all great travel adventures and something every returning long-term traveller can relate to.  It’s a challenging period – but these survival tips may just help you get through it.    I recently reunited with some traveller friends of mine, who were heading home after two and a half years […]

Returning Home from Long Term Travel: The Adjustment Challenge

The adjustment phase is something every returning long-term traveller can relate to.  It’s unsettling, it’s challenging and it features a rollercoaster of emotions.  It’s the inevitable epilogue to all great travel adventures. One of the things I love most about travel is the people you meet along the way.  Especially when you have the opportunity […]

What is the Best Age to Travel?

Question:   What is the best age to travel? Answer:      The age you are right now! My perfect world fantasy begins with a self-replenishing bank account.  It includes an empty diary, a rucksack that is always packed and the ability to head off adventures at a moment’s notice.  In my perfect world fantasy […]

How To Survive the End of a Career Break: 4 Tips

Halfway into my career break a traveller enjoying a two week holiday in Tanzania asked me what the hardest thing about it was. I didn’t need to think twice before the words started rolling off my tongue and I replied “the fact that it has to end”. I wasn’t ready for my career break to […]

Not Sure if You Should Take a Career Break? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions.

People can cope with change when it is forced upon them (through redundancy, personal trauma or health scares) but the fear of the unknown often keeps them in a rut of discontent when change involves making a voluntary decision. For some people making the decision to take a career break is the easiest part of […]

Career Break Planning: 5 Things I wish I’d Known 5 Years Ago

A moment of reflection this week was triggered by a question asked by EscTheCity, an entrepreneurial group of ex-city workers who continue to inspire me with tales of career changes and better work/life balance. The question was “what do you wish you’d known 5 years ago?”

6 Things You Should Know About Taking a Career Break

1. Planning is half the fun Ok ‘half’ the fun is probably a slight exaggeration, but the planning phase doesn’t have to be stressful.  Unless you are taking advantage of a change in circumstances and income such as a redundancy payment (which is unfortunately more and more common these days), chances are you have made […]

Why I Am Planning a Second Career Break

5 years ago: I was a Financial Controller in an international media company, working and playing hard, enjoying my career and life in general, but not convinced I was on the right path in life 4 years ago: I was in the middle of planning my first Career Break and was seven months away from […]