Our friends at the Lost Girls are running a marathon in a bridesmaid dress. Check out this video to see what they are upto. Sounds like fun!Read more »
We already know that a career break can change your life but it wasn’t until recently that they have become popular in countries such as the United States. Ten years ago, a career break would have been considered a career suicide. And nowadays with the still uncertain economy, many assume that people should be happy with the job they have and not risk losing it.
Even if you fancy such an experience there are a lot of logical reasons not to do so. It’s scary to think that you leave a somewhat stable situation behind and choose the unknown. And what about when you get back home? How would you get another job?
That’s why people are looking for inspiration and examples of those who have already chosen to take a career break. They haven’t just left everything behind, many went on self-discovery journeys , whether they planned it or not. In many cases, the feeling that something was “missing” sparked the idea of traveling the world and taking a career break.
Did you take a gap year or have you taken a career break?
At one point in my life I was not happy with where my professional life would take me and decide to go back to a hobby: writing. I was un-employed and searching for freelancing gigs, which happily arrived in my inbox sooner than I expected. While I haven’t planned a career break, the Universe made it clear for me back in 2007 that I needed to take a break and I did. It was sprinkled with a trip to Budapest, followed by finding (or maybe being found by) BootsnAll. Writing as I travel is something I enjoy a lot, that’s why I probably would never just leave everything behind , but I certainly plan to travel for a longer period of time next year (and most likely limit my work to just writing).
» This week on BootsnAll: Articles you’ll read this week include: a lovely transformation story about a couple who decided not to live a simple life anymore and travel the world, reasons why you shouldn’t just pass through Bangkok but, instead, take your time to explore the city, info on the mistakes to avoid on your round the world trip and info on eight great travel books that will make you hit the road.
Week 41 of the Indie Travel Challenge is all about career break.
Don’t forget to add your blog posts to the main Indie Travel Challenge page – and be sure to include a picture when you do (we love pictures!).
The Indie Travel Challenge is a year-long blogging project. Every Monday, we’ll post a new prompt, question, or challenge that bloggers can respond to via text, photos, or video. Respond on your own blog, and link back to BootsnAll so we can find and highlight the best submissions.
Check out the Indie Travel Challenge landing page for all information related to the event. You can see the week’s daily prompt, follow the hashtag on Twitter, share your posts, and check out submissions from around the world.
Read more about career breaks:
- Why a Gap Year Should Come to America
- Top 10 Reasons to Take a Career Break…and Travel
- Why a Travel Break Can Be the Best Career Move You’ll Ever Make
- Why It’s Not Crazy for Working Professionals to Quit Their Jobs and Travel the World
- 9 Hard-to-Resist Reasons to Take a Gap Year
Read more »
Photo by Cristina Puscas and may not be used without permission.
We focused on the topic of Career Breaks this week at #rtwchat! We also continued our new feature to #rtwchat by doing a live, videotaped Google Hangout where two of the co-founders, myself, and Meet, Plan, Go! co-founder and career break guru Sherry Ott discussed each question and some of our favorite answers as they were coming in.
We plan to continue this and invite some of you, the participants, to join us in our discussion. Comment below to tell us your thoughts of this new addition. Cool? Sucks? Suggestions to make it better? Interested in being a guest? Let us know!
The usual, weekly recap of the chat is after the jump.
Recap of #rtwchat on Twitter – October 3, 2012Read more »
I am really excited to be part of the hosts and organizers behind Meet, Plan, Go this year. My partner, Keith Hajovsky, and I are co-hosting the Austin event on October 16, when 9 other cities will also have their own Meet, Plan, Go (MPG) events happening.
Meet, Plan, Go! (MPG) is an organization that is dedicated to helping people fulfill their dreams of really traveling to experience the world, well beyond the two-week vacation. There are MPG groups active in ten cities around North America, and on October 16, 2012. These ten cities will host events that will provide attendees with inspirational speakers, discussion panels, breakaway sessions, resources, and giveaways to help people connect and plan their own extended travel or career break. Many of the resources, and ways that MPG folks travel, are much like the methods that we use and detail in our book — meant to drastically save money, in many cases making world travel far less expensive than remaining at home.
Keith and I attended the Austin MPG event last year, and then early this year we were flattered to be asked to become the co-hosts of this year’s event. For my part, I was motivated to accept hosting because of my passion for travel as a part of life, and even a part of work. If you are really passionate about seeing the world, there is hardly a better way to do so than to craft your life, and work, to make travel a part of it.
Keith says that when we received the opportunity to co-host the Austin 2012 event, it seemed like a natural fit. “Travel has been an extremely positive part of my life for a very long time, and I genuinely believe it has made me a better and happier person. Because of this I’ve always encouraged other people to get out and see the world as much as possible too, and whenever others have asked me for travel advice I’ve always gladly offered to help them as much as I can. We get to help others learn how to travel longer and more deeply and have fun while doing it. What could be better than that?”
The Austin event will be held at Abel’s on the Lake on October 16, beginning at 6:30 pm for mingling, with the program starting at 7 pm. Tickets are only $20 each and include an e-goody bag with all kinds of giveaways and discounts.
Our featured keynote speaker is our friend Jefre Outlaw, who has been traveling the world nonstop for the past three years, visiting 96 countries and 250 cities on six continents. After Jefre’s opening talk about his travels, we will introduce four additional panelists and open the panel to questions and discussion. Our travel experts include:
- Jefre Outlaw
- Tiffany and Billy Toomey, who spent a year in Costa Rica, with their four children!
- Greg Davis, who quit the tech business to travel the world — and subsequently launched a new career as a travel photographer.
- Jean Warneke and Barbara Baggett, who run JB Journeys and are dedicated to sustainable travel around the world.
- Sofia Martinez, who as a college student has taken advantage of study abroad opportunities.
- Jade Whitman, who works for AirBnB and is a consummate backpacker.
“Because we live in a society that doesn’t find value in taking time off, we wanted to create a community for people who want to break out of the norm and travel for an extended period of time,” says MPG co-founder Sherry Ott. “This is the only seminar out there designed for people who are looking to do long term independent travel.”
Check out the official Meet, Plan, Go! Austin page and Meet, Plan, Go! Austin Facebook page for more information. To see if there is a city close to you hosting this event, be sure to visit the Meet, Plan, Go! website for more information.Read more »
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