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23 December 2015

Eight months, 24 flights, 12 countries and endless ‘chicken buses’

Written by: Fiona McHugh, Associate Director at Edelman

Culture

After being with Edelman for five years, I decided it was time for a break from London life and to go see the rest of the world. Following a secondment client-side for a year, where I learned an incredible amount about brand marketing and integration for one of the largest retailers in the world, I decided to jump at the chance to take a sabbatical. New cultures, new people and a whole new adventure.

After eight months, 24 flights, 12 countries, endless ‘chicken buses’, and one very big adventure, I returned to Edelman this year.

I count myself as one of the luckiest people ever to have had the chance to travel to so many parts of the world in the past year. Without Edelman’s support granting me a sabbatical, this experience wouldn’t have been possible – and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.

There are too many highlights to mention, but the top of my bucket list for as long as I can remember was Machu Picchu. The moment I passed through the Sun Gate having finished a four day hike to get there was genuinely a dream come true.

Pinch yourself moments were daily however – I went hang gliding, white water rafting, hiked the Tongariro crossing in NZ, lived with a family on a mountain in Nicaragua and visited many a vineyard of course!

These experiences were heightened by the people I met along the way – all ages and backgrounds, many of whom I am still in touch with. After a lot of fun and having learned a lot about myself – it was time to come back to London.

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