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Hi, I'm Ben

I lost my 20s to all work and no play, but something had to give. I've made some big changes and in the last 5 years I've taken 3 sabbaticals and moved to a new country.

I'm not part of the 'I quit my job to travel the world' brigade, far from it. I love having the security of a career, but I also love to travel and spend more time with my family.

If I'm brave enough to take a sabbatical, you are too....

Sabbatical Guides

Sabbatical 101

This is the place to get all your sabbatical questions answered: what, why, how?


Learn how to build a sabbatical into your career and how to approach your boss.


Sabbatical ideas from 1 month to 1 year & inspiring stories from sabbatical veterans.


The countdown to a sabbatical can get pretty hectic! Here are some tools to help.


Learn how much a sabbatical costs and practical tips on how to afford time away.

Coming Home

After the adventure of a lifetime coming home is tough - here are some tips to help.

Stop Day Dreaming, Start Planning

Make your sabbatical happen, step-by-step

Here at The Sabbatical Guide, my goal is to provide you with all the practical information and inspiration you need to make your dream sabbatical a reality.

With over 100,000 readers a year and growing, what started out as a small sabbatical blog has rapidly grown to become the biggest resource on the internet for those taking sabbatical leave or a career break.

If you're career-minded but also want to make time for other life-changing experiences such as long-term travel or spending quality time with your family then read on to find all the resources, tips and advice you need to bring your plans to life.

Have more questions? Get in touch and I'll do my best to help.

What Others Say

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"I can think of no better website to inspire planning or equip you with the requisite information to set you on your way, than The Sabbatical Guide.

I particularly like the way in which Ben Reeve will painstakingly walk you through the nitty-gritty of what's required, everything from destination ideas to basic budgeting and, I dare say, who pays the window cleaner whilst you're away !

So, it's a must: sit back, digest and enjoy The Sabbatical Guide- I do."

Ben Zabulis

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"The Sabbatical Guide walks you through every step of planning and executing your sabbatical. From truly inspirational ideas of what to do and where to go, to budgeting your trip and even how to combat the 'coming home' part.

Ben's sabbatical blog posts have inspired me, as I know they will anyone who reads them."

Joanna Verey

Latest Posts

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Taking a Year Off Work to Travel

By Ben Reeve

Taking a year off work to travel can be one hell of an experience. A year of your life to do with as you please …

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The Bamboo Bridges of Luang Prabang

By Ben Reeve

The bamboo bridges are one of Luang Prabang’s most iconic sights and appear on many famous photos of the town. They are built by a …

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From Restaurant Manager to Divemaster: How A Sabbatical Can Change Your Life

By Ben Reeve

I’ve done lots of sabbatical interviews, but rarely do I come across somebody who has had their life so dramatically changed by a sabbatical. Jo …

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38 Leaving Presents For Someone Going Travelling

By Ben Reeve

It can be tricky to find the perfect leaving present for someone going travelling. And with nearly 20% of employers now offering a sabbatical program, …

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Sabbatical Stories #7 | An Interview with Bella

By Ben Reeve

In the seventh of my sabbatical stories interviews, I pick up with Bella, a TV Producer and part-time photographer and travel blogger from West London. At …

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Negotiating A Sabbatical When Your Employer Has No Policy

By Ben Reeve

I have often written about how to negotiate a sabbatical on this blog but today’s example is a bit of a unique one. Negotiating a …

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Returning Home After Sabbatical

Returning From Sabbatical

By Ben Reeve

Returning home from sabbatical can be one of the hardest parts. Returning home and heading back to work after a sabbatical is hard. It’s known …

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Taking a Family Sabbatical

By Ben Reeve

Becca and I are having our first child this year, so the subject of a family sabbatical has started to interest me. We hope our …

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9 Ways to Make Money While Travelling

By Ben Reeve

Let’s face it: the idea of travelling the world for an extended period of time is pretty enticing. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking a …

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