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This is an excerpt from the chapter on career as a roadblock to your dream of travelling around the world.
Have a goal in mind when you travel
It’s easy to just kick back and relax when you travel. But if you’re career-minded, have a goal or even personal mission that you want to achieve while traveling.
It could be to gain proficiency in a few foreign languages. Then you would know that you need to practice speaking to the locals you meet in their native language.
It could be to improve your communication skills. Then you would know you have to initiate conversations with others while on the road. (This wasn’t important to me, so I didn’t focus much on it.)
It could be to keep your current skills sharp. Then you would know that you need to either work on a project or freelance for others to keep that brain juice going.
For me, I chose to keep a blog so I can continue writing daily and have an understanding of how Search Engine Optimization, blog content promotion, blog design and all that jazz works.
Before you leave, pick a goal. When you’re back and looking for a job, at least you can tell the recruiter that your career break was spent doing something useful besides lounging on the beach.
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