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The one person who can stop you from taking a career break to travel - YQtravelling
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The one person who can stop you from taking a career break to travel

Today we’re talking about the one person who could stop you from taking a career break to travel.

It’s not who you think it is.


My career break travel planning took two years. Those were very long two years.

Most of the people who knew of my plans were supportive. They were excited for me and cheered me on.

I did have a few naysayers who didn’t think I could actually make my round-the-world dream come true. Some of them were worried about my safety while some thought my parents were crazy to let me go on the trip.

The truth is, it doesn’t matter what other people say about my trip. They don’t hold that much sway in me achieving my dreams.

I knew that the one person who can could dissuade me from the trip was myself.

Why internal motivation is important

During the two long years of travel planning, everything felt mundane. There were a lot to plan: routes, transportation, visas, safety, itinerary, budgeting and many more.

The trip felt so far and unachievable.

But I knew that if I were to even have the tiniest doubt about this trip, I would actually fail.

It’s more of a mindset issue than an external party trying to stop you from taking this amazing trip.

How to stay resilient during your career break travel planning

Understanding why you want to go on this trip is important. You need to have a compelling reason that you’re willing to move mountains for.

I didn’t want to live in regret. Since I knew that I would be able to do it financially, I thought it would be most tragic if I didn’t.

The fear of loss was so powerful that I even silenced the fearful part of me.

If you need strength during this career break travel planning period, remember me, remember how even I could have made it happen.

And you can too.

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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