The number of career break options that are available to choose from are almost mind-boggling. Taking a career break is a big decision so it's important you weigh up all of the various career break options carefully in order to ensure you choose the one that is right for you. The best starting point for finding out about career break options is the Gap Year for Grown Ups website, which is full of useful advice and detailed information on all of our programmes. Alternatively you could also chat about career break options with one of our expert career break travel advisers - all of whom have taken a gap year at some point themselves.
In order to get you thinking about the type of things you could get up to when you're travelling, our ‘Career break options' page takes a brief look at the three main categories.
Career break options - Travel The number one reason most people decide to take a career break is to travel and ‘see the world.' When it comes to travel there are all kinds of career break options. One of the most popular career break options is to buy a ‘round the world' ticket and visit several countries on a gap year. This career break option literally does ‘what it says on the tin' and provides an extremely cost effective way to circle the globe on a journey of a lifetime - taking in pre-designated stops along the way. Another career break option for travel is to explore one country or region in depth. For example if you decided you want to explore Thailand, our ‘Thai Explorer' or ‘Thai Adventure' programmes are excellent career break options.
Career break options - Volunteer
An increasingly popular career break option is to volunteer overseas on a worthwhile project. We have a diverse range of volunteer career break options to choose from throughout the world. The three main types of volunteer career break options are wildlife conservation, environmental conservation and projects aimed at helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged people or communities. As well as being an ideal way to be a responsible tourist and make a positive impact on places you visit on your travels volunteering is also a hugely beneficial experience for the volunteers. For example one of the things that makes volunteering one of the best career break options is the fact that you get to know local people on a far more intimate and meaningful level - which makes for a far more ‘real' and genuine travel experience.
Career break options - Learn a new skill
If you fancy the idea of learning a new skill there are all kinds of career break options you could consider.
To give just a few examples of career break options, you could learn Portuguese or Spanish in Latin America, learn how to scuba dive or learn how to sail.