We hope that you're enjoying spring and that your career break plans are coming on apace. If they are, please email us and tell us about them, and if they're not, please email us anyway and let us know how we can help.
There's a tasty round-up of things to get you inspired today, including our newest career breaks, some free stuff, pics and videos and other useful tidbits. There's also info on how you can donate to the Nepal earthquake appeal.
So kick back, grab a tea and have a read!
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FREE STUFF AND DISCOUNTS
If you're planning to get a load of your travel stuff at Boots, they've got a triple points event until May 5 when you spend over £50. You'll need an Advantage card, obvs.
Our mates over at Incognito, who do deet-free insect repellents, have a 15% discount offer when you use the code EASTER15. This offer has just been extended to celebrate them winning a Queen's Award! Congratulations Incognito!
If you're travelling with kids, you no longer have to pay tax on their airfare and you can claim it back if you've already booked and paid. This link is to the Hot Deals UK thread which has a lot of useful links and info about how to go about claiming it.
NEW AND UPDATED CAREER BREAKS
Find all our new and updated career breaks here - there are quite a few this month and cover all sorts of exciting things, so do have a look!
If you want to find out more about volunteering abroad, get yourself along to one of approved partner Projects Abroad's events. There's an info evening on Wednesday May 6th in London and a coffee session on Saturday May 30th in Manchester. For more details, and to reserve your place, visit the Projects Abroad events page. These events are free!
PHOTO CORNER - YOUR MONTHLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION
Deaf gapper talks about her gap year (in sign language obvs, but there's a voiceover too). Interesting view of world travel and voluteering from someone who can't hear.
ON THE BLOG
Been a quiet month this month due to our staff going away, giving birth etc, so here are some of our most popular posts from the archive.
This woman didn't let her crippling panic disorder stop her from travelling the world, and gives tips on how you can do it too.
10 little mistakes you're probably making that are ruining your job prospects (seriously, we wish people would read this before asking us for a job!).
The experiences of a single mum who travels the world with her son, housesitting and helping strangers. Heartwarming and inspirational.
The 46 worst travel companions. Which one are you?
ELSEWHERE ON THE INTERWEB
TIP OF THE MONTH
Take talc. Not only will it stop you getting sweaty in a hot, tropical climate, it will stop your feet chafing, and in a pinch, you can use it as dry shampoo.
USEFUL THING OF THE MONTH
A cheap and funny Kindle book on teaching English in Japan. It's had loads of good reviews and is a must for any would-be career breaker who needs a bit of insipiration (and a laugh!).
Wind turbines. I'm a big fan.
Our thoughts are obviously with the people of Nepal at this time, and especially with our friends and partners who have colleagues and volunteers out there. If you want to donate to help the relief fund, we believe the best organisation to do it through is the Disasters Emergency Committee. There are lots of ways to donate and the DEC has a unique appeals set-up which means more of your money goes to the people you want to help.
Until next time, safe travels.
The Career Break Site