Sabbatical News Stories and Articles

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The latest sabbatical news stories, updated weekly.

This post pulls together all the best writing on the subject of sabbaticals from across the internet and puts them in one place.

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How To Reclaim Your Life And Make Your Great Escape

July 2020 – Elle

We have become a nation of workaholics, too afraid to take annual leave and too wired to enjoy it when we do. But could the answer to reclaiming your life and boosting your career to temporarily walk away from all you have achieved?

Notes: This is a fantastic read, I took so many notes from this article. My favourite quote was “It’s a shame that it normally takes giving birth, being made redundant or reaching burnout to take an extended period off work. But if you don’t take breaks, you forget how healing they are.”


Consider a Gap Year

May 2020 – Seth’s Blog

The gap year has a terrible name, implying it’s a gap stuck in between all the things you’re supposed to be doing. But of course, it’s much more than that, in fact, living is what we are supposed to be doing!

Notes: Seth Godin is one of my favourite bloggers and has been posting daily, thoughtful pieces on a range of topics for years. When I saw one on a subject so close to my heart, I was very excited to read it and I wasn’t disappointed.


CEO Takes 6 Month Sabbatical To Build Cafe Racer

April 2020 – BikeExif.com

When a company CEO took a 45 day to decompress, he had no idea he’d extend the break to six months and use the time to build a custom motorcycle.

Notes: A great example of how a sabbatical can be taken at any level of a business and that they can be used for many reasons, not just to travel. See more examples at ‘What Type of Personal Sabbatical Suits You‘.

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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.

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