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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.


Caroline Howley's Been There Done That

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

Recent articles in The World's Longest Out Of Office

  • 05 Feb 2018
  • Travel Story
  • Caroline Howley
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
  • Travel Advice
  • Caroline Howley
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.
  • 16 Nov 2017
  • Travel Story
  • Caroline Howley
Practical advice

Getting from A to B in Sri Lanka: A practical guide

Journeying through Sri Lanka and going off the beaten path on your own is most of the fascinating experiences to be had. For the most authentic and unforgettable journeys into the country's most vibrant rural areas and villages you're best off relying on locals for help and booking a ticket on a train for splendid views. Here are my tips on how to navigate transport in Sri Lanka to make the most of your trip.
  • 13 Oct 2017
  • Travel Story
  • Caroline Howley
Walking around

My Sri Lankan rail adventure Part 2: Sun, sea and the south coast

The bus careened around yet another sharp corner and I grabbed onto a pole to stop myself tumbling out of my seat and through the open door. All the other passengers looked unperturbed, seemingly desensitised to the driver's erratic motoring skills, and familiar with being crushed against strangers for long periods of time.
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