Taking a career break to travel can be super scary, and while toying with the idea, some might call you crazy or say to do so would be detrimental to your financial future- but is it really? And you must ask yourself- what got you to the point of considering a career break in the first place? Here are 6 signs that it may be time for a magnificent life-changing adventure.
The Monday-Friday 9-5 is getting old…
Putting in the weekly essential hours in front of a computer screen day in and day out to pay the bills has been engrained in our brains from the time we started attending grade school—Monday through Friday, morning to late afternoon. When you start sinking into a deep melancholy each Sunday evening when you realize the five-day week is about to punch you in the face yet again, it may be time to take a break.
One word: MONDAY.
Oh Monday…it has become a dreaded foe, a reaper hanging over the weekend in a black hooded cloak with scythe in hand. When that Monday morning rolls around, incredulous amounts of coffee is consumed, grumpiness is an epidemic and overall, probably about 10% or less of work productivity is accomplished. It may be time to take a break.
Job Motivation is at 0%
What is going on… you used to love this job! That is, in the beginning, when everything was fresh, exciting and a challenge. Now, sitting in front of the computer all day punching keys with brain on automatic is making you feel stunted. Your brain feels hungry, you feel-bored, unmotivated, frustrated. You aren’t lazy; you are seeking something to be passionate about and life fulfilling and you don’t just want to move on to another job that will end up the same way. It may be time for a break.
It’s an ugly word, but that’s what you have been feeling lately. It’s the same vicious cycle everyday: Same old stressful work week, beeline it to happy hour on Friday, the weekend is a blur, and then it’s time to do it all over again. Hanging with friends, going to the gym, and watching your favorite movies and shows helps—but something is missing. It may be time for a break.
You Only get Excited for the Weekend
Your only 1.5 hours from the office clock striking 5:00 PM then it’s out the door and into weekend mode. As always, you’ve been looking forward to these two precious days all week long. Careful, you don’t want to waste any weekend time doing something dumb…it’s the only chance you get to live it up and enjoy life. Time to head to the bar with your friends for a couple of TGIF drinks to usher in Saturday. And you get paid today too—score!
Next thing you know, it’s Sunday, you’re either hungover or dreading tomorrow, and then it dawns on you: this week will keep repeating itself forever… If you find yourself feeling guilty about how much money you’ve blown on your weekend escape, or you’re a bird out of a cage weekend after weekend—it may be time for a break.
Wanderlust is Tugging at Your Heart Strings
Always listen to your heart. Are you spending your work hours scrolling through travel blogs, reading about people just like you and putting together imaginary travel itineraries, looking up plane ticket prices and dreaming of a big life change? It can be daunting, but getting out of your comfort zone is never a bad thing. And yes, travel can be pricey, but with preparation and research there is so much out there to help plan a trip. All it takes is jumping right in and doing something about it.
Start that savings account now, even if you can only afford to put $10 in each pay check—it will add up over time. Talk to people who have been there, done that, and make your dreams a reality. Only you can control what happens in your life—it’s time to make it count and feel excited about every day of the week, not just Saturday and Sunday. Go ahead. Take that break.
Courtney is a full-time writer covering soccer, travel and the outdoors. You can find her scouting out hole in the wall joints for the perfect carnitas taco, jumping in the ocean under the light of a full moon or exploring the beautiful Florida wilderness and documenting her adventures in her blog, www.localtravelgal.wordpress.com.