Hi all, I need advice for possible locations for a career break. I'm planning on applying for my career break in the next school year. I want to experience teaching abroad. It's something that I always had a major interest in and I know I will always regret if I never did it. I was very fortunate and got a permanent job early in my career 6years ago, in a school that I love (even though it is extremely hard work). I relocated within Ireland for this job and it was really really tricky making friends and finding roots in a new city where everyone seems to know each other already!! One of the reasons I put off going abroad was because I've worked hard to establish myself here I was scared to give it all up. But I want to do things that scare me. I would hate to be that teacher that's been in the same job from NQT to retirement. Basically I'm in my late 20s and single. And I'm majorly unsure what area of the world would be best for me. I want to go to a part of the world that has a decent expat community that would make socialising and traveling a major part of the lifestyle. But I also know I need to be careful not to take a job in a school that doesn't treat it's staff well. Word of mouth has me considering Middle East as an obvious option as I know so many people that have been there but I feel like it's also got a negative side .Brief scanning of the forum shows me China mentioned a few times, although I know nothing about it. Thanks so much for anybody that took the time and interest to read the post and I'm very grateful for any replies.