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The World's Longest Out Of Office

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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

  • 15 Jan 2019
  • Travel Story
  • Caroline Howley
Unforgettable experiences

Cambodia's dreamy south coast: Leaving the beaten track behind in Kep

Having cycled and trekked our way around Cambodia’s historic, leafy north, it was time to spend a few days relaxing on the south coast. But, after we reached glorious Kep, those few days turned into over a week. Here’s why.
  • 04 Jan 2019
  • Travel Advice
  • Caroline Howley
Practical advice

Back on the road: Planning a long-term trip to spellbinding Southeast Asia

Just three years after the end of my last long-term trip to Southeast Asia, I've repacked my big red backpack and bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok. Here are my tips on packing and planning for a trip to this bewitching continent.
  • 26 Dec 2018
  • Travel Story
  • Caroline Howley
Unforgettable Experiences

Around the world in 2018: Dancing in the Caribbean, biking in Asia, and eating my way through Europe

After quitting my day job to become a full-time travel writer, I’ve had an epic year of travel in 2018. Here are the destinations I ticked off my bucket list in the past 12 months, from Europe to Asia and the Caribbean.
  • 11 Dec 2018
  • Travel Story
  • Caroline Howley
A walk in the past

A traveller's guide to Cuba's revolutionary trail

Before you touch down in Cuba, make sure you know a little about the Communist Revolution of the 1950s. Here's our guide to what happened and why, and the top historical attractions to visit.
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