9 December 2011

Here at The Career Break Site, we're lucky enough to hear mostly good stories of people travelling, volunteering, doing courses and generally making something of their life.

Fish - image courtesy of Coral Cay

But there are people who take a career break because they've suffered a crisis, or even a tragedy.

The most common that we see are people being made redundant and relationship break-ups.

Here are some thoughts about travelling after tragedy.

  • You might feel like you're running away from your problems. That's not necessarily a bad thing though.
  • A change of scenery can give you perspective.
  • The distraction of work, volunteering or adventure travel can stop you brooding.
  • You might not be together enough to organise a trip straight away and it might be better to wait a few weeks or months.
  • You might find that if you're thinking about your crisis a lot, you are not engaging fully with the experience, so you end up missing out.
  • If your issue is financial, this is obviously going to have an impact on your plans, but doesn't have to stop them entirely.
  • Redundancy money can be well spent on a career break.
  • A single-sex activity can be a refreshing change for those who've had a relationship break-up (eg women's ski courses).
  • Alternatively, if you're newly single, you might want places or activities with a lot of other single people (eg adventure tours).
  • Doing something for someone else through volunteering can help you heal.
  • Writing about it can also help, and could lead somewhere great - look at novel-turned-film Eat Pray Love!
  • If you're having a crisis, it can be helpful to see it as an opportunity, especially if it's forcing you into making changes.
  • If you have suffered a tragedy, things aren't going to be the same again. A new experience could delay your recovery - or it could help you adjust quicker.
  • Finally, do what feels right.

And now, to cheer you up, have a picture of a cute lion cub:

African Conservation Experience - volunteer and lion cub