So I'm at a crossroads in my career. I've worked as a Planner/GIS Coordinator for a very small/rural municipality for almost two years and currently work as a Planning Assistant for a Provincial tribunal that deals with development application appeals. I will be starting a new position as a Planner for a nearby suburb with a population of around 125,000. I will mainly be responsible for site plan/subdivision files.
However, today I had an interview for a 6 month internship with the Canadian Institute of Planners working in a developing country. The start date wouldn't be until September. I'm 25 years old and have been working nonstop ever since I graduated. I would use the internship as a launching pad to travel the world for 6 months once the internship is finished. I would obviously have to quit the job that I would be starting only after a few months and look for a job once I return. However, I feel as though I need a once in a lifetime experience to do some soul searching before I get too established in my career and I want to travel while I'm still young. I'm also single and have no family obligations. But if I stick with the Planner job I will be able to get my Registered Professional Planner designation in just over a year from now. Hopefully that will lead to more career opportunities and make me more qualified to find work abroad?
My ultimate goal is to work as a planner outside of Canada. I just don't know which option will be the smartest way to get me there. To put things into perspective, we are only young once. I want to make choices that will make me happy regardless of whether I'll be jeopardizing future career prospects and not regret the choices I make. I'd appreciate some insight/advice. Thanks!