14 May 2020


We're all still sheltering in place. The travel circumstances around the world are pretty much the same - we can't or we shouldn't. Social distancing may be keeping us apart together, but we can still plan and dream about our future travel.


SPONSORED: Paula Gardner

Paula Gardner of Scarlet Thinking is a career psychologist and coach who herself made a career change from PR and marketing, returning to University to take her Masters in Business Psychology. Paula works with individuals who want more clarity around their career direction, or are keen to find work that is more meaningful for them, as well as those who know where they want to go, but are feeling stuck and frustrated.  

She has written for The Guardian, HR Zone and Psychologies magazine, and also mentors young apprentices for the Public Relations Community Association (PRCA) in the UK. Paula is the author of Do Your Own PR and Get Noticed, and her previous background in PR and marketing is ideal for helping clients who need to be more visible to make their next move. 

Paula has taken a number of career breaks, including a year in Australia and numerous smaller breaks around Italy. her favorite place in the whole world. 



Our partners have been working hard to bring people home or ensure their safety while they're abroad. Many have now suspended their programs.

Some of them are now allowing you to book with no deposit, and with increased flexibility. So you can book your trip now and not worry if you need to change things, plus you don't need to put any money down now.

You can see all our partner organisations here.



The 20/20 Travel Project

April was culture month. What makes another culture and how do we connect through both similar and different ways of doing things?

We're not traveling, but we all still love travel. Let's help keep each other's travel spirits up by sharing pictures and stories of the things we've seen on our travels. Use the hashtag #2020travel on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest, or email us on info@thecareerbreaksite.com. We'll reshare as much as we can, and we'll put the highlights on the 20/20 Travel Project page, and in this newsletter.

May is all about food and drink - sharing food, cultural background, eating out of necessity or celebration, etc. Contact us at info@thecareerbreaksite.com if you'd like to contribute a guest post about food and drink.



On our site, we have one big section all about volunteering, and we've got sections dedicated to the different kinds of volunteering you can do, to make it easier to find the kind of placements you're interested in. Travel restrictions may prevent us from going on volunteer breaks and social distancing may keep us from doing much locally, but there are ways to help.

Are there elderly people in your neighborhood who need help with shopping or even just a friendly face to brighten their day, even for just a moment? Does a local farm need help with crops or animal care? This is not the same as volunteering abroad of course, but right now, it matters. Let's all do what we can to help.



This is where we would tell you about events to attend, but we are practicing social distancing. We'll start posting events again as soon as it's safe for people to gather again.

On our social media channels, we've been posting free events that are happening virtually. Various celebrities, venues, museums, etc., are posting free concerts, shows, tours, classes, etc. We'll keep posting them as we learn about them, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!



Sarah Cole, of John Murray Learning, wrote a guest post for The 20/20 Travel Project: 20/20 Communication - Learning a new language the way you learned your first is one of the best ways to learn.

We shared tips for saving money to get through the quarantine: All those tips to save for a career break can help you get through the corona virus pandemic, too.

We also shared two different approaches to managing time in quarantine:

1. The Career Break Site's top tips for developing habits of productivity while social distancing; and

2. Got enough on your plate already? The Career Break Site's top tips for prioritizing yourself while social distancing



Well, we now have plenty of time to work on it!

Drop us a line if you've got something to share - whether that's a personal story or some sage advice you want to dispense to other travellers.



We're encouraging people to keep planning their career breaks as most of you do it 6 months to a year in advance anyway. We don't know what the world will be like then but you can still start planning and change things later if you need to!

If you've got a question, feedback or, get in touch! We never reveal your name (unless you want us to!)



While in quarantine, make sure you know when your important messages come in by using the VIP function on your phone. You designate which email addresses are most important (colleagues, bosses, family, friends, whoever you don't want to miss hearing from) and set the notification so you'll be able to see the opening of the message right on your lock screen.

Follow the guidelines and practice social distancing. Stay strong and healthy and prepare for your next adventure. We have loads of adventures on The Career Break Site and they'll all need more help than ever when we're allowed to travel again. 

If you have a tip for us, email us or tweet us.



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Yes, it's a tough time for all of us now. We're doing what we can to keep going through this and to plan (as much as we can) for the future. If you want to talk to us about anything, just drop us a line.

And wash your hands.

Thanks for reading and we'll see you next month.



The Career Break Site