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.

Quick Links:


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.

Taking a Year Off Work To Travel
Covering the cases for and against taking a year off to travel, some alternatives, how much it costs and the impact on your career (amongst other things!), it’s fair to say this 5,500-word post is a pretty comprehensive guide to taking a year off.


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’.
Read more….

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.
Read more….

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.
Read more….

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.
Read more….

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.
Read more….

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.
Read more….

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.

Bella
Bella is a filmmaker from West London who took 3 months out to volunteer at a children’s charity in Uganda before travelling the country for a month. We chat about her favourite piece of travelling gear, some of the incredible wildlife experiences she had whilst in Uganda and how taking a sabbatical has actually helped her career.
Read more….


Inspiring Sabbatical Reading

Articles

Books


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


Useful Tools for Booking Your Sabbatical

Flights

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.

Accommodation

When booking accommodation I always start with Booking.com 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).

Insurance

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.

Tours

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.

Gear

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.

Transfers

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

Leave a Reply

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of
Scroll to Top