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Career Advice

Matador sits at the intersection of travel and career, with many on our staff and in our community working as location-independent professionals. Using their experiences, we’ve produced guides to help you select, initiate, and advance careers that support and even enable your travels.

Most of the articles below discuss strategies on how to break free of the 9-to-5 cubicle gig and use your writing, photography, filmmaking, and other skills to fund your travels.

You’ll also find practical advice, such as how to make travel look good on a resume and whether a career break is the right move for you.

Career Advice Articles

8 reasons a work exchange is the best way to travel

by Rebecca Bellan
3

8 reasons you should pay to volunteer abroad

by Lynn Spreadbury
8

How to explain gaps in your resume because of travel

by Jill Kozak
5

How to (really) find a job overseas

by Elaina Giolando
1

10 things you need before volunteering for disaster relief in Nepal

by Jennifer Gracey
2

The emotional strain of life as a flight attendant

by Skylar Moore

Americans need teachers more than anyone – here’s why

by Amanda Machado

What I’m learning as an American teacher in Finland

by Tim Walker

The 8 most important lessons I’ve learned about writing for a living

by Rory Moulton
14

Work-life balance in Finland: Americans are on a different planet

by Tim Walker
2

5 lies you tell yourself before going on a humanitarian mission

by Victoria Vidal

How to get freelancing permission from your boss

by Parul Sharma
1

Why changing jobs often can actually be a good thing

by Stacy Ullenes
9

11 things that go through your mind when you quit your job to freelance

by Alyssa James
2

Why New York City is no place for the young artist

by Alecia Lynn Eberhardt
2

LA vs. NYC: Which is better for interns?

by Amy Scheiner
2

How to settle down without losing the traveler’s ‘joie de vivre’

by Emily de Beer
1

15 reasons it sucks to work from home

by Michelle Detwiler
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