Call us quitters! The girls and I did a radio show with the Canadian Broadcasting Company about how to quit your job to travel. Here’s our advice in a nutshell:
Give more than the standard two-week notice if you have a good relationship with your boss and want it to stay that way. They’ll appreciate the extra time to prepare for your departure.
Give travel a positive spin to employers by explaining how it’ll help boost your skill set, depending on what your job entails.
See if you can negotiate long-term leave. I had a friend recently give notice to go and travel, and her employer asked if she’d be willing to come back after four months. Now that’s one long vacation!
Don’t bail before your work is done: With travel plans on your mind, it’s easy to be distracted during the final days in the office, but help make your higher up’s job easier by creating a status report of all your projects and a “cheat sheet” of contact info, etc. for the new you. It’s good career karma! Oh, and giving your boss a thank-you card helps you leave on a good note.