If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be? Would you actually be sat at your desk reading this, wondering when you can turn the heating up?!
Whether you're happy in your current life but fancy a bit of a change, or you're itching to get out and make something of yourself, we're here to help. We've got stuff that's free, stuff that's useful and stuff that's just plain fun, so get stuck in and enjoy!
FREE STUFF ROUND-UP
Get a free credit report before you go away so you can make sure your finances are in order.
This free airport app tells you about amenities, delays, how long you'll have to wait at security, and other useful things.
100gb free cloud storage from https://shared.com/ - useful if you want to store pics of your travels, your CV for when you are about to come back, etc.
If you're taking an internet-enabled gadget on the road, get Cocoon for free - it gives you an extra layer of security.
This month's free ebook is Adventures In The Air: 15 high-flying tales of airborne adventure to inspire your travelling spirit to soar
Finally, you might be interested in this blog post we wrote a while ago: free money for your career break. It rounds up a few sources of cash that could help you get on the road!
We don't necessarily endorse the free stuff in our round-up, we just sniff it out for you. We don't get paid to include it either.
CAREER BREAKS STARTING SOON
If you need to get out soon, here are career breaks starting in the next 3 months.
PHOTO CORNER - YOUR MONTHLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION
Photos of the ten best islands in the world, according to TripAdvisor [slideshow].
Trailer for a documentary about Shane McConkey, a pioneer of freeskiing and ski base jumping (ie a nutter, in a good way). Inspiring.
NEW ON THE SITE
Our new and updated career breaks page shows you career breaks which are... well, you get it.
We've also updated our contacts page to make it easier for you to get in touch with us and we've added a new recruitment page, so that any of you who are looking for a job after your career break can apply to work for us (freelancers as well as permanent staff).
We also redid our approval scheme page to make it a bit easier to understand and more transparent. The upshot is, we don't advise using a company who's not officially approved by us, as we have the strictest vetting process in the industry.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE WORLD OF TRAVEL
Heathrow Airport is recruiting volunteers to go and try out their new Terminal 2. They need people to be test passengers to try it out before it opens, so if you like hanging around airports for no reason, click here for more details and to sign up.
ON THE BLOG
There's a new post about safely storing your stuff while on a career break, with lots of useful tips.
Our guest post is from Katie Baxter (who has already written for us about her career break in Kenya). She tells you how to become a freelance writer on your career break.
Finally, our fun post of the month is 100 questions to ask a traveller. You'll never be stuck for a conversation starter again!
All these, and the rest of our blog posts, can be found here: http://www.thecareerbreaksite.com/blog. We're always looking for people to interview or write guest posts for us, so if you want to share your story, please reply to this email (it goes to our editorial team who manage the blog).
TIP OF THE MONTH
Save those reusable drawstring bags that companies tend to give out for free. They're perfect for packing your shoes in when you travel. Less crackly and better for the environment.
If you have a tip for us, email firstname.lastname@example.org - we will credit you unless you want to stay anonymous.
NEW SECTION - USEFUL SERVICE OF THE MONTH
Just Delete Me - shows you how easy it is to close your account with various online companies. This is useful when you're going away for a long time and don't want your email cluttered with newsletters - it helps keeps things a bit more secure too.
The Japanese flag is actually a pie chart, showing how much of Japan is Japan.
If you've got anything you'd like us to include in this newsletter next month, just reply to this email and let us know. If it's interesting to people who like travel and want to make the most of their career, we'll chuck it in!
See you next month!
The Career Break Site