Blog Post
10.04.2015
THE TRAVELLING CAREER BREAK, BREAKING THE GAP YEAR TREND

CORPORATE go-getters are reconsidering their options when it comes to travelling, with many jumping at the trend to take a ‘career break’.

While the impulse to take a ‘gap year’ after graduation has traditionally been considered to be the first travel milestone for young people, it is now closely followed by the alternative to spend significant time away from home once a career has been established.

According to Topdeck Travel, many Australians are choosing to start their career earlier in life by completing a university degree, earning cash and gaining experience.

The humble ‘career break’ sees Aussie professionals aged between 25 and 35 embark on an overseas adventure, usually between six to 12 months, after they have established themselves in the marketplace.

An average career lasts for 40 years, starting after graduation and ending around the age of 70, meaning a six-month travelling break is not even 3% of someone’s working life.

Topdeck’s Global Marketing Director, Mike Doyle, said there were two key groups of career breakers, who had been working for a couple of years in their professions, before realising the need for a long vacation.

“20% of our bookings are made by young professionals, who have jumped straight into a job or trade straight from school or university, and now believe they have earned time off for a career break,” Mike said.

“This first group has a clearer understanding of the type of experiences and fulfillment they seek from their travels, so that they can return feeling recharged and inspired,” he said.

“The second group often initially chooses a career, such as teaching, which caters towards their travelling dreams and allows them to take long periods of extended leave.

“Generally speaking, both groups felt an obligation and necessity to establish themselves in the marketplace, plus they couldn’t afford to travel in their younger years,” Mike said.

For Topdeck, the trend among career breakers is to join a guided trip at the beginning or the end of their extended travels, so they can meet new people and learn the history of a country.

“It seems that people are doing a ‘tour-de-force’ at the start of their career break to survey countries they might consider living in later in life,” Mike said.

“Those falling into a career break category have an average trip length of around 24 days and often choose to start their trip towards the shoulder season, so they can travel further for less.”

Make the most of your travelling career break with the experts at Topdeck Travel.
For more information, check out www.topdeck.travel.

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