Whether you’re traveling through South America or Southeast Asia, you’re likely to meet far more Europeans and Australians than you do Americans. The concept of long term travel has yet to go mainstream in the United States, and thus career-related resources for those ready to pursue it are lacking.
Enter Briefcase to Backpack, which was launched 8 months ago to encourage career breaks in the form of world travel, and aims to support those willing to take the risk of leaving their cubicle behind. The new blog is the product of a partnership between Michaela Potter and husband Michael Bontempi in New York City, and Sherry Ott in Vietnam. All three have taken recent career breaks from corporate America to travel.
The site offers a wide range of content, from tips to consider when contemplating a career break to advice for managing reverse culture shock once back home. A variety of career breakers have already been featured in guest posts, offering first-hand experiences of what inspired them to leave their jobs and material possessions behind for the open road.
Two of the biggest challenges facing any professional considering long term travel are committing to the decision, and how to re-enter society and regain employment upon completion of his/her adventures. Briefcase to Backpack, a resource by travelers for travelers, has the potential to meaningfully encourage more of us to pursue our travel dreams.