travel advice & tips

Written By: jeff

Posted On: February 1st, 2012

As you’re planning your career break, you’re probably focused on how much your going to spend once you’re on the road. Well, a good way to minimize your on-the-road spend is to maximize this part of the budget. It’s not practical or desirable to buy everything now that you ¨might¨ need. After all, if you’re [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: January 19th, 2012

Let’s get right to it! One of the top questions people ask me is how can you afford to take a break to travel? There’s no magic, but there is budgeting. The first step is to take a look to see if you have the funds available for a break. As I’ve written before, long-term [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: January 12th, 2012

While I was out on my career break traveling in 2007, a book was published that raised the visibility of career break travel to the general US public. And, it was a hit. Escape 101 was the first book written by a real career breaker that took the concept and made it accessible. I first [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: November 16th, 2011

Back in September, I had the chance to travel around Canada with G Adventures on a media tour to talk about career breaks. One of the highlights for me was having the chance to visit Vancouver for the first time. I have yet to meet anyone who had a bad thing to say about it. [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: October 27th, 2011

Are you excited by the thought of taking a career break, but daunted by the prospect of doing it alone? I understand. I have friends who can’t bring themselves to go to the movies alone in their hometown. So, to find the courage to take a trip by themselves, especially overseas, is tough to do. [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: September 27th, 2011

On my recent trip to Canada, I couldn’t help but stop off (um, a few times) at Tim Horton’s, THE Canadian doughnut joint. The have the location-pervasiveness of Starbucks in the US with the nutritional goodness of your neighborhood doughnut shop. To make sure I got the story, I was forced to try several types [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: September 21st, 2011

I’ve been traveling enough to know how crucial a leader is in the success of a tour. You put your trust in them to show you the good stuff and take care of any logistical bumps. I found out that Gap Adventures calls their tour leaders CEOs: Chief Experience Officers. I liked that. In addition [...]

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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 12th, 2011

Focusing on your personal passions, picking up a new skill or hobby, call it what you want, but all of the above are popular with career breakers. In my case, I learned Spanish fluently, learned to ski and got to develop my photography skills. When I went to India with Gap Adventures, I saw that [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: September 7th, 2011

Backpacking on your career break is not incongruent with hooking up with a tour during your career break. In fact, during my career break, I joined tours through the Galapagos and the Amazon. I found mixing it up to be nice actually and had great experiences. But, I don’t like just any type of tour [...]

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