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Your time is now – 12 Reasons to Take a Sabbatical

Lusting after the gap year that you never took before or after university? Or maybe you did take one and are desperate to take off and do it all again – or do it all differently now you’ve got the Koh San Road out of your system.

Contrary to what people may tell you, travelling does not end when your student card expires. Oh no. In fact, it’s about to get a whole lot more interesting.

Say hello to the sabbatical.

A sabbatical is a specified time away from work, usually unpaid, agreed by your employer. It’s safe to say that I’m quite a fan of the ol’ sabbatical. In the seven years that I’ve been working since I left university, I’ve taken not one but two three-month stints off work. The first saw me taking off on a solo trip through Southeast Asia and China 4.5 years ago, while the second was an extended honeymoon earlier this year with my brand new husband, travelling round Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Los Angeles (I know. It was as good as it sounds).

Taking time out of your career can seem daunting. But trust me when I say that using a few months off to go travelling will basically be the best thing you’ve ever done. Here are 12 reasons why.

sabbatical

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Your time is now – working in Australia

As part of our series on Gap Years, sabbaticals, big trips and everything in between, today’s blog comes from David Broadley, a Travel Expert in our Sheffield store.

I’d had enough of the UK, didn’t fancy getting a job, had itchy feet, and I’d met a beautiful Australian girl (we’re all young and stupid at some point) – Down Under it was!

After a summer spent working at a camp in America, a brief stopover in Fiji and a rather memorable month in New Zealand, I arrived bright and breezy into Melbourne (in the rain, not part of the plan), met up with my friend and travel companion from uni and got ready to start my working holiday visa.

My feet in Sydney

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Volunteering in Paradise – Vinaka Fiji!

Today’s blog comes from Jeni Conetta, a Travel Expert from our Canterbury store.

I’m what they call a flash packer and unashamedly cling to my creature comforts when travelling abroad. So when I found out I was going to be spending a week with no hot water, limited access to electricity and no air conditioning, my colleagues in-store were concerned to say the least! But, lets face it, when you’re offered a trip to Fiji you don’t say no! I carefully reconsidered the packing regime and took out anything but necessities and got ready to fly out.


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Help! I’ve only got 7 days to see New Zealand!

Today’s blog comes from Fiona Bryce, a Travel Expert in our Edinburgh George street store

It’s not every day you get offered a trip to New Zealand, so I was pretty darn excited when I got the news that I’d be trotting off to see our Commonwealth chums. Then I thought about it a bit more and realised I’d only actually have 7 days on the ground. I was a wee bit disappointed –  there was obviously no way I’d get to see much. All those experiences I talk about to people heading off to do their working holiday visas, there was no chance I’d even be able to cram half of them in.

The long road to Mt Tongariro

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Scenic ways and Cape Town braais – 10 days on South Africa’s garden route

Today’s blog comes from Chris Newnham, the Assistant Manager in our Reading store 

Incredible landscapes, stunning city views, poignant history, adrenalin activities galore and sparkling modern culture – South Africa has it all in abundance. I had the pleasure of exploring the famous Garden Route for 10 days from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth– and what a pleasure it was!

The impressive Garden Route

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