A lot of career break advice is about what you should and shouldn't do. But are there some rules you can break? As a matter of fact, yes. And I'm going to tell you what they are!
- Go alone. There's no denying that going solo is amongst the best ways to travel (the best way in my opinion) but it's not the only way. Take your partner, a mate or your nan if you want.
- Don't take expensive stuff. Yes, you are taking a bigger risk if you tote the latest iPhone instead of a cheap pay-as-you-go but then you might take better care of it.
- Don't take things which have sentimental value. This is a rule I generally stick to because I am always losing things. But you are probably more careful than me, especially with precious stuff.
- Do some volunteering. Loads of career breakers do it and it makes them feel brilliant, but if you don't want to, then don't. If your heart's not in it, it's not fair on you or the project.
- Plan it well in advance. We say this a lot because the majority of people will get more out of their career break with careful planning (and it gives you time to have all your jabs). Having said that, if an opportunity falls into your lap you'd be foolish not to take it.
- Take the time to get to know a place. Not everywhere is worth getting to know!
- Be safe. We do encourage career breakers not to do stupid stuff, but taking the odd risk (eg an adventure sport) is good for your confidence.
Are there any career break or travel rules you break? Leave them in the comments below.