Taking a sabbatical year to travel doesn't mean that you have to put your career on hold. Turn it to your advantage, and use it as an opportunity grow! Here's how.
Taking a sabbatical to travel
You want to ski down the mountains of the Alps, seeing its snowy peaks whizz by you in a blur of white as you glide through the pure white freeze.
You long to walk the Great Wall of China, breathing in the views and taking the perfect selfie.
You want to go trekking in Nepal to see the beautiful Himalaya mountains.
You want to meet a friend in the great Australian outback and walk with them through the desolate deserts and gargantuan rocks.
But there’s one thing holding you back…
Your career is going pretty well right now – is it worth jeopardising for the trip of a lifetime?
What if we were to tell you that it’s possible to strike the balance between travel and career?
What if you could make the leap into the unknown while still shooting for that major promotion?
Well, you can – and here’s how.
Get into the distance
Distance learning programmes have been salvaging the careers of many world-weary travellers for decades – and their perspicacity has only increased as broadband speeds have increased.
Well-known institutions like Anglia Distance Learning have perfected online learning environments to accurately mimic the experience of a brick-and-mortar education.
The big difference? You can do all your learning on the go!
So you can polish off a module in a Parisian Cafe, or complete your degree course in a hotel in Berlin.
Most courses offered by distance learning suppliers are vocational so will align with your career aspirations.
If you’re looking for the perfect way to upskill while enjoying a long holiday, distance learning is your best bet.
Travelling for a year doesn’t necessarily mean you have to quit your job. Depending on the flexibility of your employer you could even stick at the job and work on an ad-hoc basis.
Discuss your plans with your employer and explore the alternatives to quitting. You may be given the option of taking a break from your workplace and coming back a year later, fresh-faced and ready to hit the road again.
Depending on the job you’re in, your boss may be happy to let you work as you travel. That might mean long hours in your hotel or in the hostel bar, but it’ll be worth it if you’re in a job you truly love.
Every country has a different employment landscape – and that means you can pick up new skills from every country you visit.
Try to create a varied CV by performing different side jobs in the countries you travel to. It’ll increase your skillset and could set you on an entirely new career path.
That’s our list! Can you think of any ways to travel and progress in your career? Then let us know in the comments below!