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Don’t Let Your Job Hold You Back from Traveling

Career breaks are big news lately. It seems more and more people are acknowledging that there are valid reasons to take a career break.  Contrary to what some people assume, a career break does not equal career suicide, as many employers are now recognizing that a career break isn’t an excuse to party around the world, but more often than not, it’s valuable time spent away from the office, honing skills that can actually help you perform better in your job.

In fact, many employers are seeing a round the world trip as a valuable life experience that can help you grow, add to your skill set, and return a more confident, motivated employee. If you’re considering a career break, but don’t know where to start, check out Meet, Plan, Go’s Basic Training, full of tips to help you plan your career break and realize the objectives you have in taking one.

A career break or round the world trip isn’t the only way to see more of the world though. A full-time job and extensive travel do not have to be mutually-exclusive and it is possible to travel more without quitting your job. It just takes a little more creativity.  Negotiating more vacation time and scheduling trips around work holidays are just two ways to get more from your meager vacation time.

But there are other options that many people never even consider: instead of quitting your job, why not ask for a leave of absence or for a sabbatical. Most employers would rather give a stellar employee a few months of unpaid leave than to lose them completely and need to train a replacement. If you have a job that you can do from outside the office, ask about working from home. In this case, “home” could be anywhere, as you live in various places around the world, working during the week and exploring the area on nights and weekends.

High school, college, and then an uninterrupted career may be the right path for some people, but if that’s not you, there is a way to break free. And if you are happy in your career, but just want to travel more, you don’t have to be held back by your job. Whether you choose a career break or just seek to travel more with the job you have, there are ways to achieve your travel dreams.

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