You've taken the big leap and decided to take a career break. You're going to leave your job, travel the world and try new things. It's going to be the trip you've always dreamed of – but what exactly does that entail? Well that depends on you. Like any other travel experience, your career break is just what you make it. So you can do what you like and put together a unique combination of everything you love.
Here are a few suggestions …
A true adventure
If you've always wanted an adventure, a career break could be just what you need. The world has unlimited adventure potential and you'll have your pick of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and unforgetable activities.
For the real dare devils out there, bungee jumping and sky diving are absolute musts. You can try these adrenaline pumping sports in locations around the world and you certainly will not forget the experience quickly. Most providers offer a picture or video service – do not scrimp here, it's a great way to capture the memory.
For a more relaxing adventure, why not try sailing? It's tranquil and it's scenic. But you do need a qualification and experience is pretty important too. Not to worry, there are plenty of other sea-faring activities available. Some are relaxing and others will set your pulse racing, so whether you're a jet skier or a scuba diver, you'll find plenty to keep you entertained.
And back on dry land, you can turn travel itself into adventure, by trying your hand at a little trekking. This fabulous activity is available around the world and it'll give you the chance to see some really stunning destinations. Whether it's Peru, Kenya or Ecuador; they're all just waiting to be explored – on foot!
Adventure travel is mainly about fun and adrenalin. But if you want to do something a little more constructive, that will not be a problem. Perhaps an internship will be your cup of tea. Perfect for anyone thinking of a career change or just wanting to try something new, these eye-opening placements let you develop new skills in new locations.
You could brush up your writing skills by taking a placement at a foreign newspaper. Or maybe you'd rather try your hand at marketing, sports or healthcare in a whole new country. Whatever skills you want to develop, you can do it while you travel and you'll have the added bonus of having international travel experience too.
Teach your way around the world
There's a rumor going round that it's easier for people to take a year out once they've started working. Sure you've been earning money, but that does not need to mean you can afford to give up your job and jet off to on a global adventure. Luckily there's a fool-proof solution – teaching.
All you need is a sound knowledge of the English language (you have to be able to speak English fluently) and a TEFL qualification. If you're not up to scratch on your grammar, do not worry, an intensive TEFL course will bring you up to speed. Which means you'll be in the perfect position to land a paid teaching job abroad.
And there's another side to teaching too. You'll have a unique opportunity to give something back while you travel. Working with local children, or perhaps even local adults, you'll be at one with the community. And that's an experience you're not going to forget. It's eye-opening, rewarding and simply incredible. Plus, it'll put you just where you want to be – out in the world.
Give something back
If the thing that's driving you to take a career break is the urge to do something worthwhile, then volunteering could be just what you're looking for. There are thousands of projects around the globe and they all need your help. Will it be conservation, community development or teaching? Perhaps you'll build a home for an underprivileged family? The choice is yours but one thing's for sure; you'll come home knowing you've done something really amazing.
And much like teaching, volunteering gives you a unique opportunity to become part of the local culture. Working with local projects, you'll be fully immersed in the community. Which means you'll see things that a normal traveller never would. You'll taste home-made food, cooked by local people who 'become friends, and see unforgivable sights.
These are just a few ideas and popular travel activities for career breakers, but there are plenty more out there. So before you go, take time to look at your options. Decide where you want to go, what you want to achieve and how you're going to do it. Then book your trip and start your adventure.