I’ve stumbled upon Jeff’s website when I was still new to the blogging world. I was looking for some information about people taking a career break and leaving their jobs or careers behind for a couple of months and travel. I wanted to learn more about this lifestyle and my serach lead me to Career Break Secrets.
Career Break Secrets also offer insights on various destinations, volunteering, planning and even about budgeting. They also have video podcasts that you will surely find informational and entertaining.
Get to know more about Jeff and learn more about a variety of stuff about travels, visit him at Career Break Secrets.
But before you do that, check out my short interview with Jeff.
How did you discover your passion for travelling?
“When I was a kid, my family hosted exchange students from all over the world. Seeing their pictures showed me that there was a big world and I was curious to see it for myself. My first international trip was when I was 16 to Australia. From that point on, I was hooked.”
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
“Probably the worst was when I was robbed in Buenos Aires. I’m usually so careful but got mixed up with the wrong company and I lost a lot of my stuff. Luckily, they left my passport and wallet. Even though it stung, everything is replaceable and I’ve been a lot more careful since then.”
What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“Do I have to pick 1? I’ll pick my first. I was an exchange student to South Africa between high school and college. Spending a year there really shaped how I travel now (go local, get off the beaten path, try everything once). In the past couple of years I really fell in love with Patagonia. I’ve been twice and want to go again. The scenery is stunning and you really feel like you are traveling in virgin territory.”
What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“If you have a desire to travel, there is always a way. Most places I’ve been are so much more accessible for travelers than I ever thought. Certainly you can spend as much as you want on travel, but with just a little bit of research and planning, you can travel safely independently to so much of the world. You’re only limited by your imagination.”
What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?
“I love meeting new people. Typically if I don’t have a good time on a trip, it’s because I didn’t meet fun or interesting people. This happened to me in Peru and Egypt where I didn’t enjoy my trips. Of course, great history, great natural beauty helps. But, if I don’t connect with the people, I don’t enjoy it and want to leave.”
This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?
“Good question! Hmmm, so many options. Well, if it’s someone within travel, I would choose Richard Branson. He’s got a great sense of adventure and is always looking for ways to make the most of his trips.”
Where’s your favourite place in this planet and why?
“For exploring, I love Patagonia, especially the Chilean side. You have mountains, glaciers, volcanoes, and great wildlife all waiting for you. For relaxing, I love Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. You have the beach and forests in one place. Plus, the seafood in that region is pretty amazing.”
What’s your best tip for newbie traveller?
“Start in the place where you really want to go. Your trip is about you. If going staying in your home country is more appealing to you, then go there. Don’t get caught up in the hype of “where you have to go this year.” Those make great headlines but have no reality in what makes for a great trip.”
What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?
“I was on the Navimag cruise filming for my series. On the last night they have a bingo game with prizes. The winner also has to dance in front of the entire ship. So, after spending 4 days running around and filming these people, I was the one in the spotlight. Luckily everyone gave me a lot of applause.”
What do you think about yourself?
“I am friggin’ AWESOME!!! lol. I obviously have a passion for travel and people. I’m on a quest to find balance in my life and help show others how travel can play a role. I think people would be surprised to know how chilled I am in my personal life.”
“CareerBreakSecrets is for those people who want to leave their job behind to go travel the world for a month or a year. I’m trying to show people that real people take career breaks, that it’s not a crazy thing to do. Then, I want to show them how to get the most out of their trip from the planning of it to life on the road. When people are done with their career break, they should say that they had the best time of their life. In addition to the blog, we have a web series that is hopefully going places soon beyond the site.” – Jeff Jung
Editor’s Note: all pics are provided by Jeff Jung