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Caroline Howley

Travel Enthusiast and Writer

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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'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 by Caroline

  • 09 Aug 2017
  • Travel Story
The world's longest out of office

Hiking in Ella, via "the most beautiful train journey in the world"

We were about the embark on the "most beautiful train journey in the world" for a couple of days in Sri Lanka's stunning trekking destination of Ella. But would we survive 3rd class, and could this little village live up to our expectations?
  • 19 Jun 2017
  • Travel Story
The world's longest out of office

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
The world's longest out of office

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
The world's longest out of office

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?
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