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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

10 worst mistakes people make in their 20s

by Jacqueline Kehoe

Why you shouldn’t work 9-5

by Sean Kim

Feeling the urge to do good abroad? Here’s how volunteer agencies are taking advantage of you

by Eric Hartman

Trying to work as a gringo in Latin America was so frustrating. Here’s what helped me adapt.

by Karolina Goralska

If your current job is sh*t, turn it into fuel

by Jacqueline Kehoe

The importance of developing your own ethics in travel journalism

by Joe Baur

10 tips on taking your first press trip

by Jacqueline Kehoe

I gave up my 120k job to build a skate park in Cambodia

by Yahoo! Travel

8 reasons a work exchange is the best way to travel

by Rebecca Bellan

8 reasons you should pay to volunteer abroad

by Lynn Spreadbury

How to explain gaps in your resume because of travel

by Jill Kozak

How to (really) find a job overseas

by Elaina Giolando

10 things you need before volunteering for disaster relief in Nepal

by Jennifer Gracey

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

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

by Tim Walker
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