Belated Happy New Year! This is a great time to have a bit of a think about what you want to do - this year, next year and beyond. Hopefully this involves more than drinking and wondering if they still make Wotsits, and starting to put your plans for a life-changing experience into motion. In fact, why not start now?
We've got a bumper newsletter for you today, with free and discounted stuff, exciting career breaks, photos and videos for inspiration, useful and fun links, and the always-present, hardly-ever-funny joke. Plus there's a super volunteer project where you could be witnessing the birth of tiny rhinos - and if that's not enough, you can get a discount!
**SPONSORED - £50 OFF A CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER PROJECT**
Amanzi's Rhino and elephant sanctuary volunteer project is for the career breaker who really wants to get close to, and work hands-on with, endangered rhino, elephants, and other wildlife. It's a truly unique opportunity to live alongside the animals and share in the daily experiences of a 10,000 acre African game reserve. Your work on the breeding and rehabilitating programmes is vital in the battle to keep these amazing creatures from disappearing forever.
Particularly exciting times at the moment, as both a black rhino and white rhino are pregnant, and both due between February and April 2014. Imagine being there for the birth of those little beauties!
***Limited time offer*** £50 off this project fee for all new bookings made before 28 February 2014. Click here for more info and to book with your £50 discount.
This project is run by Amanzi Travel, who, like all our partners, are vetted and approved by us.
FREE STUFF ROUND-UP
Free Kindle books from Amazon, so you've got loads to read on your travels.
If your travel plans don't extend beyond England and Wales (which is fine, plenty of career breakers do it in the UK), you can get free bus tickets from Megabus.
Free Carmex lip balm (Facebook link) - you need this if you're going somewhere dry and/or if you're planning on snogging anyone.
Free quit kits if giving up smoking was your New Year's Resolution. By the way, giving up a 20-a-day habit will save you about £2,500 in a year.
Free military fitness class if getting into shape was your New Year's Resolution. You don't have to be fit to take a career break, but it does help with some of the more physical volunteering and sporting placements.
Free tickets to the Destinations Travel Show in London (6 - 9 February).
Finally, if your packed lunch is boring - well, a packet of Warburton Sandwich Thins won't help, but at least with this voucher, they'll be free.
DISCOUNTED STUFF ROUND-UP
Hot Deals UK have a huge round-up of student discounts on their forum. It's mostly high street shops but there are food and travel discounts too. Lucky you if you've got an NUS card!
Discounts on ski stuff from Essential Travel, to promote their Use Your Head campaign, which encourages people to wear a ski helmet on the slopes. You don't need us to tell you why - we're still hoping he pulls through.
First Great Western have a few 2-for-1 offers (it's not just travel, it's attractions, theatres, restaurants, etc) in London and the South West.
Need some sunnies? Sunglasses shop are having a sale - money off plus free delivery.
We put these freebies and offers in the newsletter as a service to you, our lovely readers. We don't get paid for putting them in. (We wish we did though!)
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CAREER BREAKS STARTING SOON
Here's a list of career breaks starting in the next 3 months.
PHOTO CORNER - YOUR MONTHLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION
We've been reading about the polar vortex in the US and we've found some beautiful pics of it to share with you.
From the Indy (annoying slideshow format)
And from the Huffington Post (this has the biggest pictures)
ON THE BLOG
For those of you who like the whole 'New Year, New Me' thing, we compiled a list of the 10 most useful things to learn this year.
Find out if you're suffering from FOMO - and what to do about it. In case you're not down with the yoof, 'FOMO' stands for 'Fear Of Missing Out'.
We've written a follow-up to our super-useful article 10 tiny little ways to save money, called... er... 10 more tiny little ways to save money. When we say tiny, we mean tiny - these are things you'll hardly notice yet could save you hundreds of pounds.
Finally, there's a list of 16 ways to avoid getting scammed, hacked or embarrassed online. When you travel, you are generally not as secure online as you are at home, so here are ways of helping you tighten your security and privacy settings to you don't get robbed or exposed.
All these, and the rest of our blog posts, can be found here: http://www.thecareerbreaksite.com/blog. If you'd like to be interviewed for the blog, or you're itching to show off your journalistic skills by writing a guest post, email email@example.com.
TIP OF THE MONTH
Nick the cheapo disposable shower caps from your hotel and use them as shoe covers.
If you have a tip for us, email firstname.lastname@example.org - we will credit you unless you want to stay anonymous.
USEFUL THING OF THE MONTH
https://unroll.me/ - brilliant if you're going travelling for a while, it unsubscribes you from all the crappy newsletters you no longer want to receive. (Not this one though, we hope!)
We've updated our Funny British street names page thanks to Steve the postie from Rochdale who would like it to be known that he is frequently asked if he goes up Robert's Passage.
The interviewer asked me where I saw myself in 5 years time. I said I wasn't sure.
No wonder I didn't get the job as a psychic.
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See you next month!
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