Has anybody quit their jobs to travel (long-term) ?
I am a relatively young professional (mid-20s) and in an intermediate position at my firm. I definitely don't have issues finding new work at the moment since I have good experience and education. However, I'm considering taking some time off to travel (3-6 months?) but I heard that human resource professionals tend to dislike gaps in employment history... After coming home, how did you deal with interviewers who questioned your employment gap and the reasoning behind quitting your last company? A sabbatical is not an option at my company and I definitely won't be able to go back to my old job after this trip.
I'm pretty happy at my current job but I just feel like it will be a lot harder to get away for a prolonged period of time once I settle down and enter the "mid-career" stage. It's been my dream to do a really long backpacking trip (South America) and I feel like it would be a good time to go soon. Alternatively, I could wait a few years and work my way up to a senior level position but then I feel like it would be even worse to take a long trip then? Any thoughts??