Career break

What It Takes to Live the Life You Want

June 30, 2014

Last week my soon-to-be husband left for a two-month, 3,500-mile bike trip on the West Coast. His brother is joining him, and they’re calling it #NoRestOutWest. Friends and family keep asking if I miss him, and of course the answer is yes. But missing him isn’t the overwhelming feeling in my gut right now. What […]

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Why ‘Lost Earnings’ is a Bullsh*t Excuse That Will Hold You Back

June 18, 2012

While walking around Washington, D.C.’s peaceful Roosevelt Island last weekend, my boyfriend and I started scheming on a big trip. We’re in the very early stages of scheming, when you throw out all the possibilities and all the obstacles and all the what-ifs to get a sense for whether the dream could ever really happen. […]

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Guide Launch! How to Take a Career Break to Travel

October 17, 2011

Wow. Big day here! Today I’m launching How to Take a Career Break to Travel, a step-by-step guide to making your dream trip happen. This has been a long time coming. I left on my own Big Trip in June 2008 — which is when I started this blog — and backpacked solo through seven […]

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Does leaving your job to travel sound appealing?

May 26, 2011

When I left my reporting job in 2008 to travel in Africa, I had no idea there was a career-break movement. In fact, I didn’t even call what I was doing a career break. I wanted to take a long-haul backpacking trip, and quitting my job was the only way I could see to make […]

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What would help you take a career break?

May 2, 2011

Do you dream of taking a career break to travel? If so, what stops you? What obstacles do you face? What’s the most daunting part about making it happen? And what information could I provide that would help? I ask for two reasons: I’m working on my own project about how to take a career […]

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One Way to Save Money for Your Leap

April 28, 2011

Saving money is one of the best ways to prepare to take a leap in life, whether your leap is taking a career break to travel, writing a book, starting your own business or something else you’ve yearned to accomplish. Setting yourself up financially not only puts you in a position to afford to make […]

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What I learned during 2 years away from the work force

March 1, 2011

I’ve been working full time now for five months. And though I’m loving my new lifestyle and job, I don’t want to forget all that I learned during my two years away from the mainstream work force. I say “mainstream” because I was working for much of those two years. After traveling for six months, […]

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How to land an awesome job after your career break

January 31, 2011

Itching to travel? Check out How to Take a Career Break to Travel. Too many people don’t take the career break they dream about because they’re worried they won’t be able to find a job when they get back. It’s a valid concern, particularly in this tough economy. Especially because you don’t want just any […]

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