Chasing The Sun: Five Ways You Could Leave The Gloom Behind

It’s almost summer, which means that the sky’s bright blue, the sun’s out every day, and–

What’s that? The sky’s grey and it’s been raining for the last two weeks?

Let’s face it: the summer simply isn’t what we want it to be. It lasts for about two weeks and it’s punctuated by occasional rain storms. If you’re getting sick of not feeling as though your summer’s nearly as intense as you want it to be, here are a few tips that could help you leave behind rainy summers altogether…

Take A Sabbatical From Work To Travel

A lot of jobs will offer sabbaticals to staff who want to take some time out to go travelling. Of course, not everywhere will give you the option to do this, but for a lot of people, having to find a new job when they get home is a price they’re perfectly willing to pay in order to go travelling. The most important thing to do is to make sure that you save as much money as you possibly can before you go. Whether that entails moving back in with your parents for a while, cutting down on how often you go out, or blocking ASOS on your laptop, it’s important to make sure that you have a cushion of saved money if you want to travel.

Buy A Holiday Home

Buying a holiday home is an excellent opportunity both for you to spend some time in the sun and for you to make some money from an investment property. Check out an online property buying guide in an appropriately warm and sunny country, and make all the enquiries you need to before splashing your cash.

Volunteer Overseas

Volunteering overseas is a great way to get out of the country for a while and to do some good in the process. Do a TEFL qualification so that you’re qualified to teach English as a foreign language, or consider what other skills you might have – perhaps you’re talented at DIY, meaning that you’d be great volunteering to help build schools in an African country. Before you go, make sure that you research volunteer tourism and ensure that what you’re doing sincerely helps people.

Start Working More Flexibly

A lot of people choose to work flexibly in order to be able to travel. If you’d like to do that, you probably need to get more tech savvy if you’re planning to work simply using your laptop and an internet connection. Graphic design, blogging, freelance writing and journalism will all enable you to travel around as you work flexibly.

Move House

This might be a bit more of a big deal than you’re comfortable with, but a lot of people move to other countries for a few years so that they can explore the world before moving home and settling down again. If you work in finance or business, see if you can get transferred to Hong Kong or Singapore so that you can explore other Asian countries while you’re there. If you love teaching, you could always teach overseas – the world is your oyster.