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9 months, 3 continents, 1 backpack! Taking a career break in style

After spending five years fitting my long-haul travel dreams around my writing job, I decided that 2015 would be the the year I take on the world properly.

'Properly' for me meant dusting off my travel bucket list, throwing some darts at a map, and taking my pen on the road for nine months in order to finally experience the places I've always wanted to go, and to be surprised and challenged by those I never knew I did.

My trip is taking me from the highlands of Peru, through the salt flats of Bolivia and the beaches of Rio across to South East Asia, where Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Indonesia are on the itinerary, before I finally touch down in Australia.

Follow my blog if you've always dreamed of swapping your nine-to-five for exotic cultures and faraway beaches, and want to live the adventure alongside me - or maybe gain inspiration and ideas for your own career break.

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Caroline Howley's Been There Done That

  • Welcomed a glorious sunrise at Angkor Wat
  • Feasted on BBQ'd rat with the hill tribes of Chiang Mai
  • Sung along with a gospel choir at a church in the Bronx
  • Lost ten consequential games of Connect 4 to one of Bangkok's ladyboys
  • Reached Machu Picchu after four coca tea-fuelled days on the Inca Trail
  • Quad biked to Echo Mountain in Egypt's Sinai desert to shout into the void

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  • 17 Apr 2018
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Practical advice

Making the most of a travel nightmare: six tips for being stuck in an airport

Being stuck in an airport due to delays is no-one's ideal way to begin or end a holiday, but stay calm and embrace the airport's facilities, and you might just enjoy yourself.
  • 12 Mar 2018
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Unforgettable experiences

My Sri Lankan multi-centre adventure: Kandy, Ella, Mirissa and Galle

To really understand a diverse country like Sri Lanka, consider venturing to more than one destination during your trip. The ‘teardrop of India' boasts verdant inland scenery, fascinating colonial history, and a paradisiacal south coast.
  • 05 Feb 2018
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A walk in the past

Visiting Sri Lanka's iconic Sigiriya Rock

Sigiriya Rock is one of Sri Lanka's most iconic sights. But is it worth taking the trip to Sri Lanka's central province to visit?
  • 04 Jan 2018
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Practical advice

A traveller's guide to Sri Lankan etiquette

A visit to colourful Sri Lanka has the potential to be the trip of a lifetime and with a little guidance you can enhance the experience, blend in with the locals and go for a deeper cultural immersion. From what clothes to pack in your suitcase to greeting etiquette and having low expectations to come by any alcohol at all, here are my top tips on dressing, eating and interacting with locals.
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