No problem - and you have cleverly put in paragraphs too, as well as helpful numbering! Well done. Well, you always knew that! Having a career break to travel is not a career move at all, it is a life move, and you have the memories and photos to prove it! Speaking of which, I suggest that you sign up to Flickr or something similar, so that your photos are safe in the ether, rather than risk losing them from a USB stick or computer that could get lost or stolen. Much easier to show to friends, too. Q1 Tricky, very tricky, because actually it isn't positive, of course, for your career. In what way could a school gain from your experience? Offering to run some club linked to your time abroad might do it. Q2 No. They might stop reading then. Well, you did ask! Q3 Yes, they might. Well, you did ask! Q4 That's pretty obvious as a reason, so hardly seems worth mentioning this. Q5 Yes, they might think that you are not a sticker. Well, you did ask! I suggest that at the end of your letter, when you have already overwhelmed them with how great you are, you mention your trip, quite briefly, just saying that this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you hope to share with pupils through setting up a sponsorship scheme for children in X country, or an exchange with a school in Z, or an Ethnic Cooking Club, or whatever you can think of. Now for the job application. You do realise that you have to be back in the UK for an interview, and they won't pay for you to come back? Read all the advice in the shortlisting clickables inside the Welcome thread to produce a super persuasive application. Set up a Job Alert here on the TES Forums so that you get news of all the jobs. Do a Job Alert for the Indy sector too, to widen your chances. I shouldn't hold out much hope. Supply teaching has all but disappeared, and the fag end of the summer term, what with exams, won't produce much, especially in Drama which will not be considered essential enough to draft someone in. Sorry to be negative . . . Best wishes _______________________________________ TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service. For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact email@example.com for one-to-one sessions. I shall be contributing to the Moving into SLT seminar on 5th May.