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The Career Break Book (Lonely Planet) [Paperback]

Joe Bindloss , Clare Hargreaves , Charlotte Hindle , Andrew Dean Nystrom
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1 Dec 2004 Lonely Planet
Stop daydreaming at your desk, ditch the nine to five, say ciao to the rat race - take life by the scruff of the neck and give it a shake! Whether you want to pen a novel, gawp at migrating wildebeest, row the Atlantic or relax on a Goan beach, The Career Break Book is the guide for you.
Questions you'll ask - answered
- What should I do with my house, mortgage, finances, pension, pets, car etc?
- How can I ask my employer for time off?
- What happens if I take my children out of school?
- How will future employers view my career break?
- What if I decide not to come back?
Exciting ideas - and how to realize them
Watch polar bears from a tundra buggy
- Learn Thai massage at a monastery
- Take a felucca up the Nile
- Build a house or rent an island
- Join the UN Volunteer Programme
- Monitor animal populations for the US National Park Service
- Write a best-seller
- Sail around the Caribbean
- Visit an ashram in Kerala
- Take the Trans-Mongolian Express from Moscow to Beijing
All this and much more!
- Advice from career-breakers and industry experts
- World map showing round-the-world trips
- Essential trip-planning advice

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications (1 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740598660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740598668
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.4 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...Lonely Planet, the intrepid traveler's bible...' --Los Angeles Times, April 2005

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4.0 out of 5 stars helpful tips 14 Jan 2013
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A very good used version, I needed something to give me a few ideas of what I need to consider before heading off on a career break. Whilst not everything is up-to-date in the book, it gives enough information to make decisions & plan everything you need to, before leaving it all behind for a while!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative 1 Jan 2011
Good book for those not on your gap year/traveling for grown ups - tackling the real issues about finances, mortgages, and some inspirational ideas for what to do on your time off. Its not too thick, and good starting point. If only I read this before i went traveling with no plans earlier this year - its obviously possible to survive without it (as I have), but for next time, Ill definitely refer to it
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5.0 out of 5 stars mine of info 30 May 2010
By Cressi
sadly havent managed the career break yet but this book looks to have everything Id need to know to be well prepared for the trip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Aug 2014
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Prompt delivery. Worth a read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Source Of Useful Information But Not As Good As I Was Hoping For 4 Mar 2006
By Chris Luallen - Published on
As someone considering a career break, I was very pleased to discover this book put out by Lonely Planet - my favorite publisher of travel guides.

On the plus side, this book does contain plenty of helpful information related to travelling overseas or living as an expat. I found the large number of internet sites listed to be an especially useful. The books also walks you through the minute details about how to leave your job, organize your finances and otherwise prepare to travel or live abroad. Alot of this was just common sense. But I'm sure many people will find it comforting and helpful to have a "step by step guide" for pre-travel preparations.

It's true this book was written by British writers and intended primarily for a British readership, hence the use of British slang and social commentary. But there is also plenty of information specifically for Americans and the book is definitely usable by any English speaking person of whatever nationality.

On the down side, I was hoping for more practical travel suggestions and information on individual countries and the travel costs within those countries. But there really is very little of that besides mentioning some of the most popular travel routes , such as Bangkok to Bali or Istanbul to Cairo. Currently, I am planning a trip to study Spanish in Latin America. This is one of the most popular activites for those going overseas. But the book had much less information on this than I expected, only listing a few web sites. Instead there was considerably more information related to extreme pursuits, such as climbing Mount Everest or walking to the South Pole, that were really not my interest.

Still I would consider this book worth its purchase price due to the useful information and web sites that it does offer. But it was a bit of disappointment compared to my high expectations. Hopefully future editions will show significant improvement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For People Ready to Make The Leap 13 Oct 2008
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This book is for people who are seriously considering taking a career break. It is NOT for people who need inspiration - those people are a different audience. It is also NOT for people who need a guide to a specific part of the world, or expect the guide to have details like cost of living expenses (!).

This book is for people somewhere in the middle. If you are pretty sure that you are going to make the leap, but you need to be convinced that the practical details are not insurmountable, then I recommend this book.

The book covers what you need to know in the planning process, including:

* more or less, what it costs to live like a backpacker (scraping every penny) or living large in nice hotels, or somewhere between these extremes
*what to do with your house and possessions
*whether to get a round-the-world ticket
*what to do about travel insurance
*do you need a lot of vaccinations, and how long do those take?
*how to negotiate a leave of absence

This book not for people who need to know where to go. You need to do research elsewhere to decide for yourself. It is also not for gap-year people - they have a whole different set of issues.

People who are seriously considering (not just fantasizing) taking a career break will appreciate this book. If you have already started wondering "What do I need to plan for? When do I start planning this great endeavour? How do I get started" then this is a great resource.

I read about 5 of these type of books, including most of the ones under "customers also bought" and this is in my top 2.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This book could be better organised. 16 Jun 2007
By Fong Foong Ching - Published on
This book could do with better organisation. Same topics should be grouped together instead of mentioning them at different chapters. I also expected to see more information and suggestions on where to go. "The Gap Year Book, 2Ed" also published by Lonely Planet is a much better written book. You may be wiser to wait for the second edition.
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