We normally start this newsletter with some cheery welcome and some upbeat stuff about how great the world is but it's pretty bloody difficult this month.
So let's remember the words of Fred Rogers' mum, who told him that you should "Look for the helpers." We'll go one step further and encourage you to be a helper too.
This newsletter is packed full of ways you can help, by travelling responsibly, volunteering, teaching or coaching, and learning. If you're frustrated with the world, now's your chance to start making it better!
FREE STUFF, DISCOUNTS AND COMPETITIONS
Free ebook on jobs for travellers - you have to sign up to the newsletter in the box on the right of the page.
Win a trip across Australia - a competition for budding travel writers. There are 3 to be won, so if you reckon you can string a reasonable sentence together, give it a shot!
Yonder is a free app for outdoorsy types planning their next trip, whether it's hiking, skiing or something lame like birdwatching.
Vurb is the app of apps - it combines everything else so you can organise yourself while you're on the road. And it's free!
Fancy hanging out in the Eiffel Tower? There's an apartment in it and you can win a visit!
Top mosquito repellent brand Incognito are offering 20% off all online orders. Just go to their website and use code MOZZIE20.
NEW AND UPDATED CAREER BREAKS
Find all our new and updated career breaks here - we've just added some great ski instructor courses with guaranteed jobs!
CAREER BREAKS STARTING IN THE NEXT 3 MONTHS
Need to get away soon? Here are all the career breaks starting in the next 3 months.
ON THE BLOG
Just one new post for this month, but a particulaly useful one. 10 things you should never travel without is pretty self-explanatory, but some of them might surprise you!
We're currently looking for real career breakers to tell their story on our blog. You don't have to have left yet to be featured - we want people in the planning stages too! If you'd like to be famous and featured, drop us an email.
PHOTO CORNER - YOUR MONTHLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION
The winner of the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year is due to be announced on July 1st. You can see the entries here - they're amazing!
Lots of people have "swimming with dolphins" on their bucket list. Looks like this dog did too! (Contains cheesey music and advertising)
Why I'm taking a gap year is a cute stop-motion personal video from a young Yank.
The US has annoyingly changed its immigration rules, and you now need a biometric passport to get in. If yours was issued before 2007, you'll need a whole new one, which you can apply for here.
There's a new flight search engine which allows you to personalise your priorities, whether that's not paying loads of money, or getting up at a sensible time. It's called Tripstreak. Have a look!
TIP OF THE MONTH
You'll want to cut down on your junk mail before going away, and you can do this using this page of the Royal Mail's website. Make sure you return to sender any junk mail you still get in the meantime, and write "Not at this address" on it. As you won't be, shortly.
QUESTION OF THE MONTH
"How long can my career break be?" asked someone who wishes to remain anonymous. The answer is "It depends." Firstly, think about how long you want to go, and, if you want to take a sabbatical, how long your work will let you be away for. You can take a mini career break for 2 weeks (it's a good way of trying something out with no commitment and minimal organisation) or as long as 2 years, which really lets you get immersed in another culture. The average length is about 6 months.
If you've got a question, get in touch! We never reveal your name (unless you want us to!)
Why aren't the England team allowed to own a dog?
Because they can't hold onto a lead.
We've got all sorts of plans afoot for improving and expanding The Career Break Site, including a complete rebuild! If there's anything you'd like to see, or you want to get involved, let us know! We've got lots of opportunities for smart, enthusiastic people who want to make the most of their career break. Send us an email and we can tell you more about what's on offer.
Until next time,
The Career Break Site