About Career Gappers

"Sometimes what you’re most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free.” – Robert Tew

Hi! We are Alex and Lisa, the faces behind the careergappers blog. That’s us in the picture above, getting lost together in rural Argentina.

At the ages of 34 and 31 (Alex is the older one, see the grizzled beardy face and lack of hair), we quit our comfortable London jobs to take a career break and travel the world together.

Our career break travel adventure has transformed our lives, and now we want to help other people to do the same.

More and more people like us in the millennial generation are choosing to take time out of their careers to travel. At the same time, many are still held back by the same old obstacles. What about your career when you come back? Won’t it be impossible to get a job? Shouldn’t we be spending this money on a house?

We’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way. Life doesn’t have to follow a set formula. Not only this, but taking time out to travel might actually be the best thing you can possibly do for your career.

On our career break travel adventure among the lakes and mountains of New Zealand
On our career break travel adventure among the lakes and mountains of New Zealand

We can help you be a Career Gapper

Have you ever dreamed of ditching that 9-to-5, packing your bags and just getting on a plane? But perhaps you don’t know where to start with planning, saving, where to go… maybe the whole thing is just too scary? Well, you have come to the right place.

First and foremostly, through the pages of this blog, our mission is to inspire and equip you to take a travel career break by sharing our first-hand experiences with you.

It took us five years to save for our career break travel. Here, we share our secrets about how we did that, and how we survived as a couple in the meantime on limited disposable income.

We also delve into the practicalities of taking a career break. When is the right time to discuss it with your boss? How do you negotiate a sabbatical contract? What will it mean for your relationships with family and friends? We’ve been through all of this, and we hope our story can help you overcome those familiar barriers.

Last, but certainly not least, we want to help you make your world travel an amazing experience. We write about the places we have visited and give insights into itinerary ideas, how to plan your travel, and the best tools and resources to use.

Looking down on Halong Bay, Vietnam, at the end of our career break travel adventure
Looking down on Halong Bay, Vietnam, at the end of our career break travel adventure

Our travel style

We are what I like to call ‘inbetweener’ travellers. We saved enough money so we could travel comfortably, without scraping by on a menial budget.

That’s why it took us five years of careful planning and saving. We could have gone sooner, but we held out so we could enjoy it in a little more comfort.

We aren’t on a shoestring, but we aren’t on the lap of luxury either. We stay in nice hostels. We eat fairly cheaply. We like a drink, we like ramping it up for great local food, and we like to get stuck in with activities.

We’re scuba divers and hikers, but not bungee-jumpers and snow-boarders. Social animals but not party-harders. Economy class, not business. You get the picture.

I hope we can take you on the journey with us. We only get to live this life once; let’s make it count. Join us on the adventure and be a Career Gapper.