Returning From Sabbatical

Returning Home After Sabbatical

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 as ‘reverse culture shock’ and has been the downfall of many people after they’ve taken extended leave.

This section of the site aims to help you with re-entry and get you thinking about how to incorporate the lessons from your sabbatical into everyday life.

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Returning From Sabbatical Posts

9 Expert Tips On Adjusting To Life After Long-Term Travel
In this post 9 travel bloggers take us through their best tips for adjusting back to life after long-term travel.

8 Examples of People Who Took A Sabbatical And Returned To Their Job
If you’re worried your job might not be there when you return, here is a post that will give you some reassurance.

Some Simple Tips To Avoid Post-Sabbatical Depression
A guest post from Peter Barbas, a man who’s taken three sabbaticals and now teaches others how to build the learnings into their lives. Here he discusses a few changes you can make on your return that will help you to avoid slipping into a slump.

Some Simple Words That Help Me Beat The Post-Travel Blues
A short and simple post with 9 simple words that I remember whenever I’m coming to the end of a trip.

What To Read Next…

This site is designed to flow from the point you hear about a sabbatical right through to coming home. Below is a suggested order to make your way through the sections.

Sabbatical 101

Sabbatical Inspiration

Financing a Sabbatical

Sabbaticals & Your Career

Planning a Sabbatical

Travel Guides

Returning From Sabbatical
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Useful Tools for Booking Your Sabbatical


I always use Skyscanner or Agoda alongside Google Flights to make sure I’ve got the best price. I use Google Flights to save a route and monitor price changes and a combination of Skyscanner and Agoda to get the cheapest tickets. 

If you are in the UK I would also highly recommend signing up for Jack’s Flight Club to get incredible flight deals sent to your email inbox every week.


When booking accommodation I always start with as they generally have the best range and prices. I also regularly use Airbnb for longer stays and apartments in cities (use this link for £25 off your first stay). For a different experience try signing up to Housecarers for free house-sitting opportunities (get 10% off membership with this link).


Travel insurance might seem like an unnecessary cost, but when a flight gets cancelled, injury occurs or you damage a piece of gear you’ll regret not paying in advance. I’ve used  World Nomads for two sabbaticals and (after badly damaging a hire car in Laos!) found the claim process to be simple and transparent.


Using local guides is one of my favourite travel tips. The easiest way to find a local guide is to use Get Your Guide who offer tours with local guides all over the world.


Check out my gear page for my favourite travel gear, here for a detailed 3-month packing list for men and women and here to find 38 great travel gifts.


Getting from the airport to your destinations is an added stress after a tiring flight, so take the guesswork out and pre-book with Their prices often beat the local taxis and I've found them to be reliable and easy to use.

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