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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

  • 12 Dec 2016
  • Travel Story
  • Caroline Howley
Life's a beach

Sun, sea and lots of tapas: A relaxing week in quaint Tavira

As much as I love adventure travel, sometimes everyone needs to relax. With this in mind, this summer I holidayed in Tavira - a quiet city on the Algarve - with only sunbathing, sangria and tapas on my itinerary.
  • 08 Nov 2016
  • Travel Story
  • Caroline Howley
Practical advice

My Croatian road trip: Konoba crawls in Roman Zadar, trendy Zagreb and the fairytale waterfalls of Plitvice

In Dubrovnik and Split we'd wandered the sun-drenched streets and hidden passageways of the marble old towns, followed in historical footsteps and gorged ourselves on food and drink at the konobas and alleyway bars we'd happened upon. After a brief ferry crossing we found ourselves on Brac, where we bought several bottles of the island's delicious olive oil, and cycled to a private cove for a swim in the clear, aquamarine waters. Now we were leaving the dreamy south behind us as we journeyed up the coast road towards our final destination: Zagreb, the nation's capital.
  • 09 Sep 2016
  • Travel Story
  • Caroline Howley
A walk in the past

My Croatian road trip: Historic Dubrovnik, a night in Split and swimming off Brac

Read about my oftentimes frustrating yet incredibly breath-taking and scenic road trip along the perfect Croatian trio: from the postcard-perfect coastal landscape of Dubrovnik and its marina to cobblestone gems in the old town and aquamarine waters along Brac. It all made for the most insightful, eye-openingly indulging trip, with plenty of leisure downtime and active adventure mingling with locals and getting lost while asking for directions. A journey I'd repeat in a heartbeat, read on for my top tips and experiences not to miss...
  • 22 Aug 2016
  • Travel Advice
  • Caroline Howley
Looking for inspiration

The bucket list: What's next?

After a tumultuous and eye-opening seven-months full of travelling thrills and amazing backpacking journeys I've found myself once again jotting down my travel plans for the next couple of years. Keep reading to reveal the top eight destinations that made it to my bucket list and find out the reasons I've shortlisted each of these wondrous places in which I hope to fully immerse very soon.
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