Getting Around

Written By: jeff

Posted On: October 29th, 2012

I always love a good story about how someone gets off the path and finds a unique way to get around a country to see it in a way most of us never will. Motorbiking in Vietnam is one of those great trips. I will never do it myself. I can’t manage a Vespa, much [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: April 4th, 2012

OK, I have a confession. I love in-flight maps. Whether they are in the in-flight magazine or on the screen tracking your real-time location, I can’t stop staring at them. I don’t know how much time I’ve wasted (invested???) just looking at those things. But, I’m always captivated by them. Their allure puts me in [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: March 19th, 2012

How to stay safe while traveling around the world on your career break is something we all think about. For some, it can cause paralytic fear, but for most dealing with safety issues is a matter of preparation, making smart decisions, becoming more comfortable with the world as you find it and learning as you [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: January 16th, 2012

Last week I flew between Bogota and Houston on my way to London on United flight 1008. It’s a flight I’ve been on many times shuttling between Colombia and the US. It’s an easy 4.5 hour flight, mostly free of turbulence, few frills and little drama. About midway through the flight, I got up to [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: September 13th, 2011

The thought of going to dinner or to a movie alone is being the pale for many people. So, suggesting that they go traveling alone is practically unimaginable. But, for people with intense wanderlust, they are no longer letting it stop them. While some people fear they may be lonely or lack the confidence to [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: September 4th, 2011

Getting around when your traveling is a daily decision. It starts in your planning when you’re trying to figure out if your hostel is close enough to all the things you want to see. You arrive and you have to get to the hostel or hotel. While you’re there will you walk, take a bus, [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: August 23rd, 2011

  It’s hard to believe, but I arrived in South America about 4.5 years ago to start my career break. One of the biggest things I wanted to accomplish was learn to speak Spanish fluently. While I still make plenty of mistakes, basically I consider myself fluent. Since 2007, I’ve had the benefit of rounding [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: July 7th, 2011

  You’ve gotten to your destination. You’ve been waiting the whole trip to get there. And, all you want is that iconic photo of you in front of the monument, the landscape or with the animals. And, you’re not alone. You start scanning the crowd. ¨Who should I ask to take my picture?¨ Finally, your [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: December 9th, 2010

airbnb review

  This year I had two trips to New York, one in June and the other in October.  Both times were for events in Manhattan. Looking around for budget accommodation was a challenge to say the least. I really didn’t want to waste time commuting over bridges and through tunnels.  Even cheaper hotel chains were [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: August 9th, 2010

Screen shot 2of Mexicana's Suspension of Flights announcement. Copyright CareerBreakSecrets.com

UPDATES: Aug 27: Mexicana Suspends and Cancels All Flights, Scramble for Refund Begins Aug 30: Mexicana Refund Process Fails Passenger. What To Do Now A few weeks ago, I booked myself on a Mexicana flight from Bogota to San Antonio, Texas so I can attend the Meet Plan Go event in Austin…which I´m hosting.  Not long after, [...]

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