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  1. Five best reasons to quit looking for a job and travel

    posted by Colm Hanratty | 0 Comments

    May062010

    Hours spent in front of a computer monitor, searching for jobs and writing cover letters, or a worldwide adventure to faraway lands?  For those whose jobs disappeared in the dark abyss of the recent recession, you don’t have to sulk in the doldrums of your house, hoping for a better day. Budget travel is for everyone now – and if you didn’t take that hike across Europe in college, you should do it now. If you already did it, do it again!

    In the first installment of Hostelworld.com’s “5 on 5” we’ll take a look at five of the best reasons to quit looking for a job and travel.

    If you don’t do it now, will you (be able to) do it in the future?

    If you are at a point in your life where you don’t have responsibilities that require a stable “home base” – e.g. a mortgage, children, paying for college – then now might be a prime opportunity to tap your inner gypsy, leave responsibility in your rear view mirror and take off on the open road before its too late!

    This is what you’ve been saving for.

    Cable, Internet, car – remove the bills that are cutting into your traveling funds. You don’t need a car to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or snorkel the Gold Coast. If you are dealing with other debts, such as credit cards or student loans, consider putting yourself on a “travel funds diet,” cutting out non-essentials such as the latest fashions, eating out and bar-hopping until you’ve put yourself in a financial position to escape your hometown and explore the world.

    So you don’t have a job? That means you have plenty of time to blog!

    You were laid off in the recession and can’t find a job.  Well, what if you found a new gig at a restaurant in Bangkok, a hostel in Prague or a beach in Rio?  Start a travel blog detailing your adventures as you hop across countries and explore new hotspots. Some successful travel bloggers have attracted the attention of employers in the travel industry and now blog on someone else’s dime!  Maybe you can too!

    Make your travels a learning experience.

    So you lost your last job and now you don’t know what to do with your life? If you’re feeling a bit lost in career-land, then traveling the world could be a positive learning experience. The change of scenery and fresh perspective may be all that you need to discover – or re-discover – what you really want to do!

    Strengthen your resume!

    Maybe the reason you’re having difficulty landing a job is that your resume doesn’t stand out from the hundreds of others in the stack!  If so, then take action and pull away from the pack. Travel through parts of Spain and gain a working knowledge of Spanish. Volunteer for a non-profit organization in Africa. Summon your environmental consciousness and work for Greenpeace while staying in an eco-friendly hostel. When you finally return from your personal walkabout, see if employers are more attracted to the new you!

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