what is career break travel

What is career break travel and the different types available?

Four years ago, I quit my job to travel around the world for 130 days. It took me two years of planning and saving to make my dream come true.

During this career break travel planning period, I had no one I could turn to for information. So I did all my research on the internet and tried to absorb all that I could about career break travel.

Now that I’m a career break travel alumni, people ask me how I managed to do that.

Many of them think that a career break is not possible for them.

That’s not true.

You’ll need careful financial and travel planning to make career break travel a reality.

In this blog, I’ll be sharing with you tips on how young working adults like you can plan your own career break to travel.

What is a career break travel?

A career break is a period of time where you stop working and you can do whatever you want (in theory).

There are many reasons for career breaks, including looking after family members who are ill, being a full-time parent,  volunteering, studying or focusing on something you’re passionate about.

For my blog, in particular, I talk about career break travel, which is quitting your job to travel for long-term, but then you go back to the workforce.

A career break travel can stretch from a few weeks to a few years even. But it is not about travelling for forever.

At the end of a career break travel, you still return to the workforce for a job.

The life where people who quit their job to travel for forever while working on the road is more of a digital nomad lifestyle.

What is Career Break Travel

Types of career break travel

I have identified five types of career break travel. Let me know which one you’re most interested in.

1. Quitting your job to focus only on travelling

That was what I did when I quit my job to travel four years ago. I left my job to travel, while not working since I wanted to focus on enjoying the journey.

I know some of you might be anxious about not having any income while travelling.

Don’t be scared. If you have planned your finances, it is possible to do it.

2. Taking a sabbatical

A sabbatical is where you negotiate with your company to stop working for a while but then come back to the same company.

This option is suitable for people who want stability after their career break.

And of course, this is only for people who are high-performing enough for your companies to be willing to give you a sabbatical.

Some companies do give sabbaticals to employees after they have worked for a few years so it doesn’t hurt to ask around if your company does.

3. Travelling to study

I’ve known people who quit their jobs to study for a short-term. This isn’t about a long-term study program,,e, like a four-year university program, but maybe a three-month or one-year program.

You leave your job and travel overseas to take the short-term course.

4. Working and travelling on farms

Countries like Australia and New Zealand have visas for young working adult below a certain age to travel there to work.

You’ll be working more manual-intensive jobs, for example, working orchards or working in farms.

It will really depend on how much stamina you have, and how much you’re willing to work while you quit your job to travel.

5. Freelancing while you’re travelling

For this to work, you can either freelance while your travelling. This means getting jobs which don’t require you to go into the office, or jobs that you can do on the computer while your travelling.

If you’re very hard working, you can get a bit of part-time job while you’re travelling, for example, exchanging work for accommodation hostels, or even just bartending.

Which career break travel feels like a good fit for you? Let me know in the comments.

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More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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