We’ve all scrolled through Instagram and found ourselves green with envy as we pass through yet another enviable vacation photo of someone in Bali, Thailand or on an African safari, and we wonder, “how can they afford that?”
Gap years aren’t as uncommon in other parts of the world as they are in the United States; in England, for example, it’s common for secondary school grads to take a year off from education before starting their university careers. But such getaways are also becoming more common among working professionals who already stashed away a bit of cash for major expenses of the future, such as a down payment on a house or a wedding. But when those dreams don’t exactly line up the way we plan, some are throwing the money toward unforgettable global experiences.
The “super sabbatical” is a term that can be described as a mid-career or in-between-career break that involves an extended trip as a means to explore the world beyond the boardroom and put some of that hard-earned cash into an enlightening experience.
With few vacation days compared with the rest of world, American working professionals have asked for extended time off to reinvigorate themselves, see the world in a new way and hopefully return with a newfound insight and perspective. The trend has taken off so much, startups (such as Epic Road) have even evolved based on the idea of the months-long journey as a means to reconnect with oneself.
Traveling to exotic locales often means contending with unusual weather. Americans tend to enjoy a fairly moderate climate, which means your body doesn’t always adapt when you head to places like Africa or South America. So, how do you keep yourself from sweating and stinking up a new city? Try these tips.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
I arrived in Dallas on a cloudy afternoon and, luckily, traffic was light as I drove my rental car into the city in just less than 30 minutes. The Hotel Joule was built in the 1920s in the Neo-Gothic style and is a city landmark in the heart of the business district.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella (or “Old City”) is often packed with tourists who wander up and down Las Ramblas spending way too many euros on overpriced paella and sangria. But the border neighborhood of El Raval is just a few steps from the bustle, but worlds away from the exorbitant prices.