I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to organising.

So, when it came to planning by first sabbatical, I saved every possible useful resource I could, knowing I’d use them again.

At the point I then built this website, I had a huge list of sabbatical resources – from books, to articles, tool to websites.

So here they are.

I personally use this page all the time, to dig out articles to share with people I’m chatting with on the subject of sabbaticals, and to find tools to plan my trips.

I hope you get as much use out of this page as I do.

Sabbatical Reading

Sabbatical Articles

Every time I find a useful article or post on the subject of sabbaticals, I add it in here.

To make this list easier to navigate, I’ve put ** by some of my favourites.

Sabbatical Books

Here are some of my favourite books on the subject of sabbaticals, mindset or long-term travel

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term Travel

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
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Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
  • Potts, Rolf (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Vagabonding is simply the best book I have ever read on the subject of long-term travel. It manages to be both practical and inspiring and taught me a lot of important lessons ahead of our first big trip.

Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need

Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need
  • Sabatier, Grant (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

This book is great at explaining the benefit of saving early and how compound interest grows money at a huge rate over time. Compound interest is your friend and the younger you are, the more you can leverage it. Have a play with this calculator to see what I mean. The author is American, so if you’re based elsewhere then you will have to skip some of the sections about 401ks and the like, but it makes up for it by completely life-changing views on growing money.

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

The first book by the legendary blogger ‘Nomadic Matt’. It is filled with useful information on how to keep your costs down whilst on the road and has become a bible for frugal travellers.

Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way To Deal With Change in Work and Life 

  • Spencer Johnson (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

There is only one constant in life, and that’s change! This is a very simple, but very powerful book that changed my attitude to change forever.

The Four Hour Work Week

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
  • Hardcover Book

This is where it all began for me – the first time I heard about the concept of a ‘mini-retirement’ and that you shouldn’t spend your whole life building up a pot of money, to then not have the energy to use it all.

Die With Zero

Die With Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life
  • Perkins, Bill (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Another game-changer of a book. When I needed a kick in the arse, this book came along. It got me thinking about how many years I actually have with my daughter before she moves out, how many I have left with my parents, and that I should spend money now to get enjoyment with them, not hoard it all for some fictional worry later down the line.

Sabbatical Communities

Sabbatical Booking & Research Resources

By Country


Your Year in Spain
This website helps people with the specifics of taking a sabbatical year in Spain, with everything from rental property listings to useful information about the country

By Interest

Cooking Courses



Horse Riding

House Sitting

Humanitarian Aid





Volunteering With Animals

Sabbatical Planning Tools


  • Notion – This is where I keep my entire life, from travel Wikis to todo lists and project management
  • Google Sheets – The only way we kept our finances on track
  • Maps.Me – The best offline mapping tool
  • Tripline – We loved this for both planning the trip and then using it as a daily mini-blog so our family could see what we were up to
  • Scannable – A fantastic iPhone scanning app which we used to upload all our valuable documents to a Dropbox folder which we gave family access to in case of emergency
  • MyUKPost – A really useful mail forwarding service who will scan in all your mail and send it to you by email whilst you are travelling
  • Duolingo and this post by Tim Ferriss – Great tools if you plan on learning some of the local language before you travel.
  • Getting Things Done (David Allen)
    There is no book that will ever teach me more about time management than this one. Whilst I don’t follow it to the letter, I have had an ‘inbox’ ever since and strived to note down ideas quickly which I can review later.

Financial Tools



I use this website to do all my investing in Australia. I love the auto-invest feature, which takes an agreed amount from my bank every month and then uses the money to buy ETFs based on my goals. I currently run with a 1/3rd split of tracking the Australian stock exchange, tracking the US stock exchange and a whole world stock exchange tracker excluding US. This I feel gives me a good balance.
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This website is where I track all my investments in Australia. It is fantastic because it allows me to see everything in one place and also run reports for tax time.
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Travel and Route Planning

Career Tools

Once you’ve had a sabbatical, it may get you to think a lot about your purpose and what kind of career you want.

As I find great career resources, I will add them here.

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