How I Financed My Career Break

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Financing a career break or other long term travel is not easy. For me, it required a combination of cutting back on spending and saving more, earning extra money, and dealing with at-home expenses that […]

E-Book Review: How to Take a Career Break to Travel

I first thought of taking time off from my career to travel back in 2006 – a full five years before I finally made it a reality. When I got serious about planning my current […]

How Did I Pack For a Trip Like This?

One of the questions friends asked me the most before I left on this trip was about packing – how would I pack for a year’s worth of traveling? The answer? Very carefully. I had […]

Where the Dream Took Off

It has been about two years since I first started dreaming of taking time off to travel. Now that my departure day has arrived (eek!), it is finally starting to sink in: I am really […]

Why I Quit My Job to Travel – and What’s Next

Mt. Sinai Sunrise, Egypt

When I set the appointment to give notice at work – to quit my job to travel – I almost immediately went numb.  I stood up from my desk and my legs wobbled.  I tried […]

My Health Insurance Headache

“All of that hard work paid off!  Congratulations!” This is the kind of message I would’ve expected to receive when I graduated from law school, got a well-deserved promotion or finished my first marathon. It […]

The Perils of Being a Planner

  As I prepare for my trip, the one piece of advice I keep hearing over and over again is that I should not plan too much. This is a major problem for me because […]

How To Get a Russian Visa

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**Note: visa procedures have changed slightly since I wrote the post below. Please scroll to the bottom for information on the current application process for U.S. citizens. I assumed one of the biggest headaches in […]