In 2013, I quit my job to travel around the world for 4.5 months.
To some, it might have looked like a rash decision. The truth is, I’d been secretly planning the career break for two years.
After announcing I was taking a career break to travel, there were people in two camps. One camp was happy for my trip, while the other camp was very negative about it.
Here are three of the myths that Camp Negative spouted at me.
1. It’s dangerous
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Posted by YQtravelling-Liau Yun Qing on Monday, July 24, 2017
Sure, I was a woman in her late 20s travelling alone, that increases the danger factor a little. But I’ve been a solo traveller for so many years and I knew how to take care of myself.
- I took care to return to my hostel before sun down.
- I always held my day pack in front, like a kangaroo.
- I had a whistle, just in case I need to get other people’s attention.
- I was vigilant, scanning my surroundings from time to time.
- I stayed calm in the face of danger.
Not once was I pickpocketed or robbed during my trips. I credit that to the precautions I take.
If you’re going on a career break to travel, you’ll have to take care of yourself.
2. It’ll ruin your career
Creating a resume-worthy trip during your career break.Day 27 of #YourBigBreakGuide 31 Days of Career Break Travel Tips
Posted by YQtravelling-Liau Yun Qing on Thursday, July 27, 2017
I have to admit that quitting your job to travel might affect your career reputation a little.
Some future bosses will see you as a maverick and they want to stamp the individuality out of you. (Don’t work for these people.)
Some future bosses will see that you’ve satisfied your travel cravings and feel safe to hire you.
A funny thing is, staying at your job too long doesn’t bode well for some industries. In my current round of interviewing, at least two direct hires and recruiters said my three year tenure at my last job was “really long.”
In any case, while you’re on your career break, don’t just “travel”, find some activities that will pad your resume.
- Start a blog to show that you’re good at writing.
- Curate your Instagram feed to show that you can take great shots.
- Go on a five-day trek to show that you have tenacity.
3. It’s expensive
If you’re travelling by first class, staying in 5-star hotels and eating in restaurants during your career break travel, you’ll burn through your savings really fast.
The best thing to do is to plan your budget even before your start your career break travel.
You’ll need to figure out:
- how much it costs to visit the different destinations
- how much you need for other expenses such as plane fare, visa, insurance and immunization
- how much you currently have
- how long it’ll take you to save
When you have this budget set, then you can modify your spending based on how much you have.
If you’re interested in how you can plan your career break travel budget, join me in my free online workshop on August 5, noon (Singapore time).
Live workshop: Your First Step in Planning Your Career Break Travel
In this webinar, you’ll learn
- Biggest myth about taking a career break to travel
- The first step in planning your career break travel
- The easy way to make sure your trip is within budget
- How to know how soon you can go on your career break
Live Q&A segment to get your career break travel questions answered.