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 sabbatical-takers and links to other inspiring sabbatical resources.

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Sabbatical Ideas

Round-Ups

1 Month Sabbatical Ideas

3 Month Sabbatical Ideas

6 Month Sabbatical Ideas


Types of Sabbatical

Which Personal Sabbatical Most Suits You?
Experience, achievement, spending time with a loved one and recharging. These are the four main types of sabbatical as I see it. Find out which one is for you and how much an average sabbatical costs.

Taking a Family Sabbatical
Taking a family sabbatical with kids is a popular use of extended time off of work. In this post, I spend time interviewing a couple who’ve taken their kids on sabbatical twice and share with you the big lessons they’ve learned.


Sabbatical Stories

I love interviewing people about their sabbatical experiences and learn lots from doing so. These interviews inform a lot of the articles I produce for this website and provide an inspirational resource for others looking to take a sabbatical.

Have a read through the profiles below and if you see one that relates click through to find loads of actionable tips.

Amy Jenner
Amy is a retailer who’s taken two sabbaticals to travel around Asia and Australasia. She recommends turning off tech, staying present and not living your whole sabbatical ‘through a lens’.
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Susan Trunk
Susan took a 12-month sabbatical that ending up becoming 16 months. She managed to see an incredible 28 countries on her route and planned her finances by thinking of everything in the value of a plane ticket.
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Tim Tunnicliff
Tim used the British Fire Brigade’s responsibility to provide work/life balance to book in a 1 year sabbatical. He ruthlessly cleared his possessions before setting off on an incredible adventure which included large parts of Africa, South America and what he describes as the highlight of his trip at Burning Man Festival. Looking back on it Tim wishes he’d taken things a little slower but is now aiming to head back to his favourite places to dive a bit deeper.
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Maire Bonheim
Maire managed to convince her employer to allow her to work remotely and do fewer hours so she could take 3 months living in Barcelona (she’s now doing the same in Munich!). She was inspired by Tim Ferriss’ Four Hour Work Week and was so inspired by travel she eventually quit her job to see the world.
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Peter Barbas
Peter describes his sabbatical epiphany as realising he spent ‘too much time doing things he had to do, rather than things he enjoyed doing’. He organised someone to housesit and travelled for 3 months with his wife and kids to get some perspective. On his return, he has tried to build some of the sabbatical lessons into his life, such as daily quiet reflection and going out of his way to have new experiences.
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Darja
Darja had spent many years dreaming of travel and eventually decided to leave her IT job and travel with her boyfriend. This decision proved huge impactful, with a 5month sabbatical becoming a year, and eventually ending up with them converting to a nomadic lifestyle for the long term.
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Bridget
Taking a Sabbatical: 10 Practical Lessons From A 3x Veteran
Bridget is a bit of a sabbatical expert having taken three of them to different parts of the world. In this article, she shares 10 practical lessons ranging from planning a sabbatical and speaking to work to the reality of coming home.

Jennifer
How To Negotiate A Sabbatical: If She Did It So Can You!
Jennifer took a sabbatical through South America to expand her skills as a Spanish teacher. She managed to negotiate a sabbatical despite her employer not having a policy. Here’s how she did it.


Inspiring Sabbatical Reading

Articles

Books

Gap Years for Grown Ups: Because Gap Years are Wasted on the Young . . .
13 Reviews
Gap Years for Grown Ups: Because Gap Years are Wasted on the Young . . .
  • Griffith, Susan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 400 Pages - 04/26/2011 (Publication Date) - Vacation Work (Publisher)
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The Big Trip (Lonely Planet)
  • Lonely Planet (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 352 Pages - 03/25/2019 (Publication Date) - Lonely Planet (Publisher)
The Long Hitch Home. Tasmania To London On A Thumb And A Prayer
72 Reviews
The Long Hitch Home. Tasmania To London On A Thumb And A Prayer
  • Maslin Jamie (Author)
  • 371 Pages - 11/13/2019 (Publication Date) - Buckleby Press (Publisher)
Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago
1 Reviews
Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago
  • Jusino, Beth (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages - 09/04/2018 (Publication Date) - Mountaineers Books (Publisher)
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What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding
28 Reviews
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding
  • Newman, Kristin (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 304 Pages - 06/19/2014 (Publication Date) - Three Rivers Press (Publisher)
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The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia (Penguin Modern Classics)
63 Reviews
The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia (Penguin Modern Classics)
  • PENGUIN GROUP
  • Theroux, Paul (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

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
(You Are Here)

Financing a Sabbatical

Sabbaticals & Your Career

Planning a Sabbatical

Travel Guides

Returning From Sabbatical