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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

  • 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

Recent articles in The World's Longest Out Of Office

  • 01 Oct 2018
  • Travel Story
  • Caroline Howley
Amazing cities

Getting lost in seductive Havana: Rum, cigars and classic cars

After having read so much about Havana in the novels of my favourite authors, would the reality of visiting this truly unique and exuberant city live up to my lofty expectations?
  • 29 Aug 2018
  • Travel Story
  • Caroline Howley
Life's a beach

Exploring Cuba's paradisiacal Villa Clara Keys

White sands, glittering waters, and luxury hotels await on Cuba's idyllic Villa Clara Keys. After a quick visit to Havana I travelled to the islands to relax and explore the historical gems nearby. Here's what I found.
  • 26 Jul 2018
  • Travel Advice
  • Caroline Howley
Practical advice

Cuban culture shocks: 10 things that will surprise you about the island

Cuba is a country with a history like no other. Due to this, visitors are in for a number of fascinating culture shocks, from the nation's diversity to its lack of adverts and internet. Here are my top ten Cuban culture shocks.
  • 08 Jun 2018
  • Travel Story
  • Caroline Howley
Practical advice

Cuba: What to pack, plan and read before you land

From working out your itinerary and packing for the weather to delving into Cuba's revolutionary history and literary legacy, there's plenty you can do to prepare yourself for your trip.
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