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DJ DiDonna took a four-month sabbatical from running his fintech company. The experience inspired a new research project.
Lauren and Steven Keys retired from full-time work while still in their 20s, and have built a lifestyle around travel.
Harjit left her London banking job to take a one-year travel carer break in her 40s, an experience that led her to new beginnings.
When Susie took a one-year sabbatical from her management consultancy career to travel with her husband, it led to new horizons.
Brianne took a six-month travel break during her transition between a PR career and going self-employed as a consultant.
Ilona left her job as a doctor in Germany to travel for a year. After returning, she was inspired to make a big career change.
Pam has interspersed her 16-year marketing career with long travel breaks between each job to figure out her next steps.
Jayde left her job in corporate customer services and administration to live and work in Canada on a travel career break.
Adrian travelled to 30 countries in 12 months while building her content strategy business, which she now runs full time.
After reaching an extreme low, Manisha left her big four consulting firm job in India for a year of travel in South America.
We pick out our favourite things to do in Vilnius, from city sightseeing to the best local food and drink.
When preparing for a travel career break or sabbatical, broaching the subject with your employer can be a daunting obstacle.
After 14 years as a financial services executive, Steven took a career break to study, travel and spend time with family.
Plan your active trip to Malta for a combination of natural sightseeing, historical discovery and tasty local cuisine.
Everything you need to know about the best areas in Malta, with recommendations on the top-rated accommodation in each.
Graphic designer Darah reveals how an 18-month travel adventure helped her to find a new career direction in digital marketing.
Stephanie tells how she started her sustainability business Bright Beat after taking 18 months off to travel the world.
Travel bloggers recommend the best winter destinations in Europe, from festive cities to snowy mountains and sunny islands.
Before we set off on our van life adventure, we thought that we’d thought of everything. If only we knew then what we know now.
The surprising 14-step process of rice farming in Luang Prabang, Laos, and how travel helps nurture your curiosity.
Alan left his job as a business analyst and travelled through all of the USA’s national parks, inspiring a new poetry career.
A guide to the best times to visit Argentina, exploring the climate, seasons and weather conditions for a range of activities.
PR executive Tim utilised his former agency’s generous sabbatical policy to take four very different breaks from work.
Susan explores how travel is a powerful tool in developing self-awareness, introspection and valuing differences in the workplace.
Mikaela writes how her travel experiences have enabled her to build adaptability skills that have been invaluable in her career.
After overworking led Ken to burnout and relationship burnout, a travel career break led him in an exciting new direction.
We look at why small group tours are a great way to see South America in a new world, and compile our top recommendations.
Emon Choudhury and nephew Jamiul won BBC’s Race Across the World Season two. He discusses the impact of the race on his life.
We compile options for small group tours in Brazil with our recommended operator to safely explore the land of samba and soccer.
With travel options limited and the education experience unclear, we compile gap year ideas for fulfilment and learning at home.
Our selections of the best small group tours for exploring Chile, plus extended route options with neighbouring countries.
See our recommended small group tours for exploring the stunning wilderness of Patagonia in an intimate team environment.
Our recommendations on the best small groups in Argentina for exploring the country’s cities and vast, varied landscapes.
After nine years working at Google, Alex left his job to embark on an epic solo motorbike journey from Europe to Australia.
We pick the best small group tours in Peru for experiencing the highlights of the land of the Incas in a safe and fun environment.
A compilation of the best beaches in South America, from the sun-drenched sands of Brazil to the tropical beauty of Colombia.
Michael was a lawyer in Canada before taking a six-month break in China. After returning, he embraced a new career direction.
Guy took a six-month break from his tourism startup in the Netherlands to travel in Latin America, and returned full of ideas.
The way we approach our working lives is changing. A growing number of people are deciding to take time out of their career to explore and reevaluate.
Erin spent 13 years in software engineering before taking a travel break. The adventure has sparked a major career change.
The mental barriers to taking time out of your career to travel, or to pursue other things you love, are often the usual suspects.
When life doesn't allow for travel, you can bring the world into your home by cooking some classic international dishes.
Travel can help you to build a wide range of life and career skills, helping you to progress on your pathway and be happier.
Steve discusses how he balances a life of teaching in China with taking a two-month break to travel overland every year.
Simon headed to South Africa in pursuit of a remote-working dream; months later, he returned to London with a fresh perspective.
A compilation of the vesy best things to see and do in South America, from the natural wonders to the greatest man-made icons.
Michelle Matthews discusses the experience of a six-month break from her marketing career to volunteer in Costa Rica.
Even when travel is limited or the next trip far away, you can still bring experiences of the world into your home.
A collection of the finest lakes in South America, from the huge household names to the best hidden gems in the wilderness.
Janice Hopper took a six-month travel break from her job in TV direction. After returning, she embraced a new career direction.
Eddie Zaldivar set off to Honduras on a filming trip that helped him reconnect with his family and find purpose in his career.
Lara Hayes took a 14-month travel break from her job in the UK Civil Service. Since returning home, she has embraced a rural life.
We backpacked in Chile for 23 days, visiting different parts of the country. This breakdown looks at what we spent on the trip.
Sarah Prinz and her husband left the jobs they loved to travel together. The experience took them in a completely new direction.
Chile’s Elqui Valley is a hotspot for stargazing, with perfect geographic conditions creating spellbinding night skies.
What to do in Chile’s colourful coastal city of Valparaíso, a maze of hills, staircases and narrow alleys strewn with street art.
San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, one of the world's top stargazing locations, is on the doorstep of adventure in the desert.
Travel bloggers select their favourite trails in Europe, from towering peaks and glaciers to secluded pools and coastal routes.
The story of a communications executive from London who saved more money to travel by taking on temporary work.
Rio de Janeiro is one of the truly great cities of the world. This is how you can see the best it has to offer with limited time.
A review of Adventure In You’s Blogging Fast Lane course, a great option for making some extra income while you travel.
Ashly and Carlos quit their corporate jobs to travel. After returning, Ashly realised her dream by starting her own clothing line.
With Amazon jungle in the north, desert in the south and Inca ruins peppered throughout, Peru is a treasure to explore.
Patagonia, a labyrinth of peaks, lakes, glaciers, fjords and forests, is the perfect place for people who love to get outdoors.
There are huge benefits in taking a sabbatical or career break.
When travelling long-term, you need to look after your feet. A good pair of hiking boots will see many months of adventure.
When you travel long-term, you carry your life in a backpack. This guide will help you find the right one for you.
A breakdown of what we spent on our travel career break, plus a broader look at world travel costs and budgeting tools.
From the day you make the decision until you finally return home, we guide you through every step of taking a travel career break.
The CEO of one of Europe's top digital agencies explains how they have introduced a sabbatical policy for employees.
Taking a travel career break gives you the opportunity to have the big adventure you've always wanted: the world is your oyster.
After travelling the world for a year on a career break, we've gained a great insight into what is and isn't useful to pack.
Meet the couple who took a six-month break from their busy London lives to house-sit around Europe and start building a new life.
The big homecoming after a long-term trip is difficult to navigate. It's an emotional time for everyone, and there's a lot to do.
From dreaming to departing: here's everything you need to know about planning your round-the-world adventure.
At 3,640 metres above sea level, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world, its skyline carved into the Bolivian Andes.
The lakeside town of Copacabana, 3,800m above sea level, is the perfect place to explore the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca.
Where do you begin with the mountain of admin before setting off on a long-term trip? This checklist will help you organise.
If you are focused and prepared, a travel sabbatical can bring you new professional skills and help address your weaknesses.
At Singapore's legendary hawker centres, you can eat delicious traditional local street food without blowing your budget.
If you're planning a major trip overseas for the first time, deciding what to take (and what not to take) can be daunting.
With a simple strategy and small lifestyle adjustments, saving enough money to travel the world isn’t as hard as it seems.
Everything you need to know about travel money management, from pre-trip admin to looking after your finances on the go.
Travelling isn't just a young people's game any more. Here’s why the experience can be much better once you get past your 20s.
More businesses are offering career breaks to employees; this story shows how the arrangement can work well for everyone.
When planning a travel budget it's easy to forget the many small and unseen costs that don't fall into the typical categories.
The career benefits of travel are vast, from the skills and character attributes you can develop to the new perspectives it brings.
The story of a UK family who are selling their house and belongings to take a big family career break adventure.
Travel bloggers select their favourite books, from the classic and historic to the greatest stories of personal journeys.
Whether it’s tango, football, music, or simply indulging in steak and wine, Buenos Aires has something fun for everyone.
What do you do with your belongings when you leave home for long-term travel? Here’s a rundown of the options.
From reliability to value for money, there are many things to consider when seeking insurance for a long-term trip.
With a simple strategy, I found my perfect job within six weeks of returning home from travel. Here’s how you can do it too.
The warm Mediterranean climate makes the island nation of Malta one of the best European destinations to visit in winter.
Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is one of the top vantage points for witnessing Sydney’s world-famous New Year’s Eve firework display.
In Chinatown, Singapore, you will discover an intricate mix and mingle of traditional and modern Chinese culture.
Home to Torres Del Paine, the Icefields and the Carretera Austral, Patagonia is a hiker's haven at the end of the world.
The story of a high-flying marketer who took a 20-month career break to travel around Australia with her young family.
You don't need to hike the W to see the best of Torres Del Paine. This selection of day hikes includes options for all trekkers.
From hotels to estancias, Torres Del Paine National Park has some of the most incredible accommodation in Chilean Patagonia.
The W Trek in Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile, is one of the world's greatest hiking trails. Here’s how to conquer it.
El Calafate is the gateway to Perito Moreno Glacier – but there is so much more to see and do in this Argentine mountain town.
The mountain town of El Chaltén in Argentina is the base for some of the most iconic hikes in the Patagonia region.
The best budget accommodation options in El Calafate, the Argentine mountain town on the doorstep of Los Glaciares National Park.
The chilled-out Argentine town of El Bolsón is a gateway to this stunning hiking trail in the nearby Andes mountains.
For the budget-conscious hiker in Patagonia, El Chaltén has a range of cheap (or free) campsites to explore the scenery.
With huge distances separating the hotspots on the backpacking trail, Patagonia can be tricky to get around.
A guide to budget accommodation in San Carlos de Bariloche, on the idyllic shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake.
This easy hiking trail in Parque Municipal Llao Llao is one of the best ways to see the natural beauty near Bariloche, Argentina.
Patagonia is undoubtedly one of the most visually spectacular places on our planet. But how much does it cost to visit the region?
To get the most out of your trip to the end of the world, you need to be well prepared for the elements. Here's how.
Peru is one of the world’s most underrated surfing destinations. The capital city, Lima, is at the heart of the scene.
Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, combines a turbulent history with antarctic-esque scenery for a unique character.
Bariloche, the gateway to Argentina’s Lake District, has become a mecca for scenery lovers and adventure junkies.
Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital, is a place of magical stories, relaxed ambiance and hearty local cuisine.
Chile's capital Santiago, nestled in a valley beneath a dramatic skyline of mountains, is a city of endless character and charm.
Surrounded by luscious jungle and only accessible by boat or air, Iquitos is the perfect gateway to the Peruvian Amazon.
Arequipa is a city built with volcanic stone, brimming with historic allure. There is something here for every kind of traveller.
We had a tough time hiking in the world’s second-deepest canyon. If we did it again, we would do some things differently.
The 'White City' of Arequipa has some of Peru's very best budget accommodation. These are our top picks.
Planning a trip to the Peruvian Amazon? The city of Iquitos has some great budget accommodation options to explore the jungle.
The story of how a travel break helped Krista Canfield McNish to reshape her successful career on her own terms.
Completing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is no easy feat. Good preparation – physical, mental and logistical – is vital.
With a complex history and some of Peru's very best food, art and architecture, Cusco is more than just a base for Machu Picchu.
Planning to hike the Inca Trail, or another route near Cusco? First you need to choose your base in this historic Peruvian city.
We travelled through Peru for 28 days, keeping track of everything we spent on the way. This is how our costs break down.
The famous Nazca Lines are one of Peru’s top tourist attractions. This complete guide answers all your questions before visiting.
The Peruvian desert village of Huacachina is an oasis paradise that makes for a perfect journey break between Lima and Cusco.
Tim Moss and his wife Laura cycled 13,000 miles around the world. Now, he balances a life of adventure with an accountancy career.
Listen to Alex's interview on BBC Radio Nottingham, discussing the benefits of taking a career gap on the Alan Clifford Show.
From the ruined lands of the Incas to the vistas of the Cordillera Blanca, Peru is home to many of the world’s top hiking trails.
Rural, medieval Umbria is the perfect place to get outdoors and off the beaten path in Italy.
We spent a week exploring one of Italy’s finest and most underrated wine regions. Here’s what we found.
If you're stopping by in Venice on your travels, here's how you can see all the city's highlights in just 48 hours.
A couple reflects on their 19-month travel career break and how it has impacted their lives a decade later.
Are you planning to hike the Inca Trail? This guide covers the essentials to pack for hiking, camping, self-care and sustenance.
If you’re planning to hike the W Trek or O Circuit in Torres Del Paine National Park, you’ll need a good base in Puerto Natales.
Just after getting a promotion and big pay rise at work, Alan quit to go travelling – and it led to a new life path.
We took a 7-day Inca Trail tour with G Adventures. Here’s why it was one of the greatest experiences we’ve ever had.
Patagonia is a place of astounding beauty, but its diverse and unpredictable climate can make it difficult to time your trip right.
Being away from friends and family is the most difficult part of travel. Returning home and seeing everyone is always a joy.
Anders talks about the experience of taking a six-month travel career break and readjusting to working life afterwards.
Whether you’re learning how to scuba dive or heading out on your first fun dives, take these accessories to get the most out of your day.
When Alisa took a six-month travel break from her career in education, and it helped her to become a better professional.
If you’re travelling in Europe, Malta is a fabulous place to learn scuba or to keep your passion for diving alive.
The giant flight of steps is worth the endurance to witness one of the most picturesque sacred sites in Thailand.
Meet the UK law graduate whose travel experiences led her to a new life and career in Zambia.
Plan your trip to Luang Prabang and discover temples, waterfalls, local life and riverside sunsets in the golden city of Laos.
Luang Prabang, perched on the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers in Laos, is a city of tranquility and spirituality.
Everything you need to know about hiking to Pha Ngeun, a rewarding trail for witnessing the rural beauty of Vang Vieng, Laos.
Vang Vieng has shrugged off its reputation for excessive partying and emerged as a top adventure destination in Southeast Asia.
There will always be reasons not to travel if you look hard enough. Here’s how some of the most common barriers can be overcome.
With over 500 kilometres of stunning coastline, the beaches around Florianópolis are some of the best that Brazil has to offer.
After Michaela took a brave leap from her stressful job, a travel break allowed her to take charge of her career.
The East End of London is home to some of the UK capital’s most intriguing history, as well as a vibrant creative arts scene.
How a travel career break has led to a major lifestyle change for a New York firefighter after returning home.
Lima, one of South America’s biggest and most exciting cities, has a wide range of budget accommodation for backpackers.
The idea of taking a career break to travel is not new. But the relationship between careers and time off is changing fast.
Chile is a utopia for people who love to get outdoors. At the same time, its lively cities are filled with history and culture.
Is this the best place in the world for street art? We think so. Welcome to Valparaíso, the cultural capital of Chile.
No matter which religion you follow (or not), the chances are there will be a celebration that involves spending money.
Lithuania’s capital city, Vilnius, is at the heart of the country’s centuries-old culinary traditions.
This interview is the first in a series exploring the inspirational stories of people who have taken travel career breaks.
While Lithuania’s beer scene is rooted in the north, Vilnius is the ideal place to sample craft beer from all over the country.
Bolivia, a land of vast salt flats, sprawling jungle and Andean cities, is a paradise for curious travellers and scenery seekers.
After returning home from long-term travel, there are many things you can do to feed your wanderlust at home.
Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. The remnant of an ancient salt lake, it’s a scene from another planet.
A maze of whitewashed buildings and red-tiled rooftops, Bolivia’s Sucre is one of the great colonial cities of South America.
We spent two weeks travelling through Bolivia and kept a record of our spending. This analysis explores our trip costs in detail.
The idea of mountain biking down ‘the world’s most dangerous road’ in Bolivia terrified me, but I did it anyway.
Don’t assume that taking time out of your career to travel will make you a worse employee. It’s made me a much better one.
The Slovak capital’s hearty cuisine will satisfy even the largest of appetites. We explore the best places to eat in Bratislava.
Taking a career break as a woman can bring a different set of challenges and long-term life questions.
The once-downtrodden cholita women of Bolivia take centre stage in La Paz for a spectacle like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
Travel inspiration from the woman who travelled solo to 196 countries to the man who takes a year out every seven years.
Everybody’s taste is different. When juggling so many different perspectives, it can be difficult to make sense of online reviews.
Despite the magnitude of Lima, we found the Peruvian capital’s highlights easy to navigate in just a couple of days.
In Vietnam it's only legal to play poker if you're a foreigner. But where can you find a game? I tried to find out.
Savannakhet doesn't often feature in travellers' plans for Laos. We gave it a chance and it exceeded all of our expectations.
In one year of travel we have had many different public transport experiences, but none quite as tricky to navigate as Laos.
We took a detour from the Laos backpacker route to soak up the colonial architecture and diverse food scene of Savannakhet.
The COPE Visitor Centre in Vientiane tells the story of the USA's secret bombing campaign in Laos and its lasting consequences.
Street food, local transport, free local attractions: there are many ways to explore Thailand without breaking the bank.
This is a story of our time at Lao Friend Bar, a charitable business set up by two friends in the sleepy city of Luang Prabang.
Not everybody can ride a moped. We chose bicycles to get around the pretty sights of Chiang Rai, northern Thailand.
A tale of serene jungle, stunning sunsets, secluded waterfalls, isolated villages and plentiful beers in northern Thailand.
Two days cruising on the Mekong, soaking in the views, drinking with new friends? There's no better way to travel into Laos.
A huge and chaotic city. So little time, so much to do! Here's how we spent a week in Thailand's enigmatic capital, Bangkok.
Thailand has a reputation for being a cheap travel haven. But does the reality match expectations?
Overnight buses are a great way to get around on long-term travel. With a few tricks, you can maximise your journey experience.
The Dragon Crest Mountain trail is the most spectacular way to see the landscapes of Krabi in southern Thailand.
We took our scuba diving passion to the next level by taking our advanced qualifications in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.
A cautionary tale about our somewhat reckless decision to hire mopeds in Thailand with limited experience.
It’s said that the best travel decisions are the spontaneous ones. We put it to the test when we decided to take up scuba diving.
Getting to Brunei and back from Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia is a complicated business. Here's how we did it.
We went off the beaten path in Malaysia to explore the jungles of the Cameron HIghlands, and found a rarity of nature.
Singapore is a melting pot of different cultures and languages. It's also one of the world's safest and most cohesive societies.
With just a week to spend in Melbourne, we went on a mission to discover the city’s diversity of international food outlets.
Two weeks isn't much time to spend on New Zealand's scenic South Island, but with four wheels and a tent you can see a lot.
From ceviche in Peru to Feijoada in Brazil and everything in between, these are some of South America’s most popular dishes.
We were woken in the middle of the night by loud sirens in a rural village on New Zealand's South Island.
From cocktails to teas, South America has a drink to suit every taste. This article is a compilation of our beverage highlights.
How good can a steak be? Earth-shatteringly good, it turns out, but you won’t truly know that until you’ve been to Argentina.
Just after arriving in Buenos Aires we were robbed in a distraction theft. This is what happened, and how we dealt with it.
The picturesque mountain city of Bariloche, Argentina, harbours a dark past as an escape for runaway Nazi war criminals.
Iguassu Falls straddles the border of Argentina and Brazil, with each side offering a different perspective and experience.
Dotted along the back streets of cities across Peru, menú del dia restaurants are a cheap way to sample the national cuisine.
After hearing the stories about Santiago's most famous sandwich joint, we decided to check it out for ourselves.
The north-west of Argentina is a mesmerising maze of vast national parks, ancient rock formations and bountiful vineyards.
Travellers to Potosí, Bolivia, can tour the infamous mines of Cerro Rico and learn about the lifestyle of the mining community.
With our incredible team of porters, chefs and guides, it simply wouldn't have been possible for us to complete the Inca Trail.
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