Despite the weather pretending otherwise, it is nearly summer, so time to think about what you're going to do this year. Will it be a couple of weeks in the sunshine? Or a volunteering stint in a remote community? Or maybe you're ready to pack in your job and go on an epic round-the-world trip. And why not?!
Whatever you're up to, you'll find inspiration, ideas and advice in this month's newsletter. And remember, if you'd like to feature in this, or on our blog, just drop us a line! We're always looking for cool people like you to interview, profile, review your book or whatever.
SPONSORED - VSO's International Citizen Service
Would you like an opportunity to experience another culture this September? You could develop transferable skills, challenge yourself and still be back for Christmas!
VSO’s International Citizen Service (ICS) are looking for anyone aged 18-25 to spend three months volunteering abroad in Africa or Asia. Over 25? No problem - they need team leaders like you on the same projects! And if you've got a natural flair for business and commerce you can join the VSO ICS Entrepreneur scheme and share your skills in communities overseas. Whichever you choose, you will be making a long-lasting, direct contribution to worthwhile development projects - while having an awesome experience at the same time!
Click here to apply now for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
FREE STUFF AND DISCOUNTS
2 free chapters of the e-book "Culture Shock: A Practical Guide" - a useful and unusual book for travellers.
Free travel pack when you go Interrailing - it's not very plush but it's probably pretty useful.
£16 AirBnB credit when you sign up for an account through this freebies site.
Free parking at London airports but only when dropping off or picking up - if you want to leave your car while you go on a trip you'll probably have to remortgage your house.
Free 3-month subscription to OS maps - plus you can print them off.
NEW AND UPDATED CAREER BREAKS
Find all our new and updated career breaks here - as always, there's something for everyone!
If you want to find out more about volunteering abroad, get yourself along to one of approved partner Projects Abroad's events. There's 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!
**NEW** DO SOMETHING GOOD THIS MONTH
CBS-approved partner Raleigh International has applied to the Aviva community fund for financial support - but they need your votes! If they get the money, it will go directly to 6 disadvantaged young people to help them make lasting and positive changes to their lives, through Raleigh's Youth Partnership Programme. Plus, they send these youngsters abroad to help improve the lives and environments of people living in marginalised communities.
Click here if you'd like to vote for this very worthwhile cause. It only takes a few minutes and could change people's lives!
PHOTO CORNER - YOUR MONTHLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION
See the entries for the "Portraits, travel & dreams" category in the Irish Times' amateur photography awards. Amazing what people can do with no professional training!
Japanese people trying Marmite for the first time (with predictable results).
TIP OF THE MONTH
Take a spare padlock for your suitcase or backpack, in case yours gets "accidentally" broken by baggage handlers. A flexible bike lock is also useful for chaining your backpack to the luggage rack on a train.
USEFUL THING OF THE MONTH
Thirsty? This site will tell you the nearest place you can get tap water (assuming you're not at home or at a mate's house). As well as keeping you nicely hydrated, using this site will help cut down the number of plastic bottles chucked out. Result!
FUN THING OF THE MONTH
English is weird.
It can be understood through tough thorough thought, though.
If you're planning a career break but aren't sure how to choose a good organisation to go with, remember that every company on our site has been personally vetted and approved by us. We don't accept everyone who wants to feature on our site, and will turn a company down if we feel that they won't provide a good service to you. The vast majority of career break organisations are kosher, but go with one on our site if you want to be sure of getting a good deal (for the communities you're working with as well as yourself). Ours is the strictest vetting process in the industry!
Until next time, enjoy your trip planning and let's hope for a bit more sunshine!
The Career Break Site