As the working year draws to a close, what will you remember most from 2014? While career satisfaction is vital to our happiness, it’s the experiences that we have outside work that create our lasting memories. For me, it’s the thrill of trying something completely new and this year that’s ranged from my first night time trek to dining at her Majesty’s pleasure in Brixton prison. As I look back on a packed 2014, here’s a selection of my favourite office breaks.
Trussed up in feathers, flounces and furls, the masked figures at the Venice Carnival seem a world away from the uniform skirts, suits and jeans that now dominate office life. But like the mysterious Carnival figures, our true selves are often masked by the requirements of our 9-to-5 roles. Perhaps it’s only when we’re dressed up in disguise that we have the freedom to express who we really are. With these thoughts in mind, I jetted off to Venice to find out what the fascination with fancy dress is all about.
Pitch black mornings, a sprinkling of snow and a transport system in meltdown. Is there a bleaker time of year to be an office worker in the capital? If the January blues are getting you down, what better way to let the sunshine back in than by embracing continental carnival fever. No point in heading to Rio when less than two hours away you can find a land of towering citrus sculptures, masked acrobats and papier mache giants.