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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

  • 19 Jun 2017
  • Travel Story
  • Caroline Howley
Unforgettable experiences

My Sri Lankan rail adventure - part I: From frantic Colombo to the Kingdom of Kandy

Sri Lanka's old-fashioned trains took us from the bustle of Colombo to the Kandyan hill country. We were anticipating the journey of a lifetime - but would it live up to our expectations?
  • 26 May 2017
  • Travel Advice
  • Caroline Howley
Exciting news

Planning a Sri Lankan adventure: Waterproofs, walking boots and wandering

Planning an itinerary for a two-week journey in Sri Lanka has been quite the challenge - but with the trip looming, my itinerary of treks, trains and beaches is coming together at last.
  • 04 Mar 2017
  • Travel Story
  • Caroline Howley
Amazing cities

Vilnius: A winter wonderland with soul

With a beautiful Christmas market, an intriguing history and a hip bar scene, Vilnius made a perfect winter destination for a festive trip. We had five days to explore the Lithuanian capital, but with a lacklustre first impression, was there more to the city than there first appeared?
  • 06 Feb 2017
  • Travel Story
  • Caroline Howley
Unforgettable experiences

My 2016 travel highlights: From the glittering Adriatic to the dive bars of Kreuzberg

From the glistening Adriatic Sea to the striking coastal beauty of the Atlantic Ocean in the Algarve region, follow my journey along some of Europe's least explored sights, taking in some of the most dazzling, yet unknown wonders of Croatia, Germany and Portugal. Driving the roads, experiencing cities like a local and going wine-sampling at a "pay as you feel" hip haunt, read more to find out about the hidden gems in some of Europe's most popular and less talked about hotspots.
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