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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 Sabbatical: 10 Practical Lessons from a 3x Veteran

By Ben Reeve

I know from personal experience that taking a sabbatical can be a powerful experience. Our 3 month sabbatical around Southeast Asia in 2018 was unforgettable …

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Which Personal Sabbatical Most Suits You? [+ Cost Guide]

By Ben Reeve

In 2018 my wife and I took a personal sabbatical. We left our jobs behind and headed to Southeast Asia for 3 months of learning …

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Financing a Sabbatical

By Ben Reeve

When readers sign up to my mailing list I ask them to answer a simple question ‘what is your biggest worry when planning a sabbatical?’. …

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One Month Sabbatical Ideas

Sabbatical Inspiration

By Ben Reeve

If you’re looking for some sabbatical inspiration you’re in the right place! On this page, you’ll find ideas for your sabbatical, inspiring stories from fellow …

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Sabbatical 101

By Ben Reeve

If you’re looking to get your early questions about sabbaticals answered then you’re in the right place. This is Sabbatical 101! You may have heard …

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How Long is a Sabbatical?

How Long is a Sabbatical?

By Ben Reeve

A sabbatical is a great way to take a break from your current job and experience something different in life, from travel to learning a …

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Start Here - The Sabbatical Guide

Start Here

By Ben Reeve

Welcome to The Sabbatical Guide the best resource on the web for people looking to take a career break or sabbatical. This page will help …

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6 Week+ Sabbatical in Ghana: Empower Young Talent in Digital Skills

By Ben Reeve

In my latest link up with international organisations that offer sabbatical programs, I pick up with Benjamin and Gifty from Grow Ghana. Grow Ghana offer …

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Gold Coast to Sydney Road Trip: 8 Day Itinerary

By Ben Reeve

In this post, you will find the details of our fantastic road trip from Gold Coast to Sydney. Whilst we are coast-lovers, we also wanted …

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