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Fancy an extended holiday? Here are the places to ...

Fancy an extended holiday? Here are the places to do it

Who doesn’t love the idea of an extended holiday? Backpacking is something that go on for months and even years at a time, holidays can often be short breaks that last one to two weeks. But an extended holiday could be anything from three weeks through to six months and can often give you a real taste of what it is like to live and survive in a different country. An extended holiday tends to suit people who have perhaps retired from the daily grind of working, or maybe a young couple who have the opportunity to take career breaks from their normal jobs. Whatever stage you may be in your life, or what you might like to do, you may be wondering why a career break or extended holiday could be right for you.

Many people consider these sorts of holidays for various reasons. One might be to really get to know the destination you have chosen to visit. To understand the culture, perhaps gain work experience or just even have the experience of living in a different country. Others like the idea of moving to these destinations but don’t want to completely take that plunge straight away, so perhaps choose to to take an extended holiday there to make sure it’s the right decision to make. However, one question is where? I thought I would share some of the best places to take an extended holiday, perhaps it may inspire you to consider one of these destinations yourself.

Asia

Asia is fast becoming a part of the world that is known for its developing technologies and fast-paced lifestyle, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that this tends to be a hot spot for an extended break away. I thought I would share with you two of the hottest destinations to consider.

 

Singapore

Singapore is an island city-state that is off Southern Malaysia and is definitely one -fast-paced city to enjoy an extended holiday in. It is a global financial center which makes it an ideal place of work if you happen to have a career in the financial sector, as well as being very multicultural. It is a great place to live and you start your journey by looking into a master bedroom for rent before venturing on to an apartment or bigger. There is no surprise why more people are considering it a place for a more permanent dwelling. There is also much to explore such as the night safari, the Universal Studios and the Gardens By The Bay, so there will always be something to see and do.

Singapore – Photo by Mike Enerio on Unsplash

Tokyo

When you think of Tokyo, the chances are you are thinking of a big city with huge buildings and technology for everything from opening doors to robots walking the streets. That is definitely the impression you get, but there is more to Tokyo than meets the eye which is why people are considering taking an extended holiday there. Not only that, but Tokyo is a real place of opportunity for your career. Especially if you work in the product development, manufacturing or creative side of things.

 

Australia

When people think of extended holidays they start to think about places like Australia. So many people choose to travel in this country and also takes extended breaks for a year or more to explore the country in its full glory. Getting the right visas are essential for your stay, but the experience could really be unforgettable.

Photo by Akshay Chauhan on Unsplash

Melbourne

Melbourne is one of those cities in Australia that many people want to visit. There is so much to see and do in the city itself, which means that the opportunities for working or just enjoying a break here are second to none. Melbourne is a vast city, but you also have some of the lovely suburban towns surrounding it meaning if you did decide to stay long term you can get the best of both worlds. From the coffee culture, the fabulous zoo or the great architecture found in the city itself, you are spoilt for choice for developing a great lifestyle you want to lead.

 

Sydney

Just like Melbourne, Sydney is one of those iconic locations on your bucket list that you just have to see. Thanks to the Sydney Harbour, Bondi Beach and other attractions like the Botanical gardens. Sydney is another place that people flock to for extended holidays due to the opportunities laid before them. There really is so much you can do here.

 

Other places to explore

Staying in Australia may mean that you want to travel around a little bit, so you may want to take in some of the beautiful locations like Hamilton Island, one of the Whitsunday islands and a perfect escape. Phillip island to watch the famous penguin walk. Noose to vacation like the Australians. Endless locations to consider.

 

USA

The USA Has fifty states, and so it can be hard to choose which state or city you would want to explore first, so I have made it easy by looking at an east coast location and a west coast location. Don’t forget that there are so many other places in between, that touring the US and taking it the full extent of what the country can offer could take a lifetime in itself.

 

New York City

If you are into your shopping, then New York City should be high on your priority list of destinations to visit and even could be the ideal location to stay for a while. There are many shopping opportunities in the heart of the city. There are also some fabulous sights to witness such as the Empire State Building, the Statue Of Liberty, and Times Square. The lifestyle is fast-paced and would suit someone who likes inner city living.

 

Los Angeles

In the southern part of the sunny California state lies the city of Los Angeles. It is famed as the film and TV capital and has the iconic Hollywood sign looking over. Paramount, Universal and Warner Brothers each have studios here and off behind the scenes tours. Not only that you have the famous staples centre, the iconic walk of fame and Rodeo Drive to explore. There is so much to do, that an extended holiday could turn into a permanent one.

So there you have it. Some of the finest places you can discover if you want to take up an extended holiday.

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Christine Buske is a former academic who left science at the bench, and now considers herself a woman in tech. She is a frequently invited speaker, and enjoys talking about career transformation (particularly leaving academia for the business world), tech, issues around women in tech, product management, agile, and outreach. She is a proud Canadian resident, and qualifies as a "serial expat".

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