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Welcome to The Sabbatical Guide the best resource on the web for people looking to take a career break or sabbatical.

This page will help you get the most out of the site.

First up, my name’s Ben and I founded this blog to help others to build time and travel in to their career.

Wat Ratchburana - Ben Sitting on the steps

If you want to learn more about me then click here or read my sabbatical story here.

If it’s your first time on the site, then here are a few things to do:

1) Download free guides

I produce a lot of free downloadable guides for readers and you get access to all of them, forever, by filling in some details below.

Here’s some of what you get:

  • Sabbatical budgeting spreadsheet
  • Complete 3 month travel packing list
  • Ultimate travel resource guide

….and I add to this list on a regular basis


2) Read these posts

When it comes to sabbatical it can be hard to know where to start. Here are a few posts to get you going:

SABBATICALS 101: What is a Sabbatical and Why Take One?

Let’s start with the basics. What is a sabbatical, are they paid, how long can you get? These are some really simple but important questions to answer

SABBATICALS & WORK: How to Take a Sabbatical From Work: Everything You Need to Know

Figuring out if your company has a policy, approaching your boss and leaving without pissing everyone off! I cover all of these in the abover post.

FINANCING A SABBATICAL: Can You Afford to Take a Sabbatical?

When I ask readers what their biggest worry is with regards to sabbaticals, it’s money every time. Let’s start by figuring out exactly how much it’s going to cost.

SABBATICAL IDEAS: 30 Sabbatical Ideas You Have to Try

Want to take a sabbatical but don’t know what to do? This post will point you in the right direction.

3) Get Inspired

Time to get motivated! In these sections I’m going to hang the carrot of exactly what a sabbatical can offer you.

SABBATICAL Q&A: Sabbatical Stories

I love interview people who’ve taken a sabbatical and get so much inspiration from hearing other’s stories. I hope you do too!

TRAVEL GUIDES: Worldwide Destinations & Travel Tips

Here’s where all my travel related stuff lives. If you need tips, guide or just straight up inspiration this is where you’ll find it.

SABBATICAL MINDSET: The Benefits of Taking a Sabbatical [and how to come back strong]

Here are all my posts that deal with the mindset of taking a sabbatical – how to psyche yourself up and deal with coming back.

4) My Favourites

Where it’s places, books or gear, click through to read about some of my favourite things in life.

5) Give Yourself a Break

Don’t be so hard on yourself! Taking a sabbatical is a scary thing and takes alot of work.

Take it step-by-step and day-by-day. You’ll be just fine, I promise.

And remember this….

We work to live, not live to work. You only get one shot! How will you feel if you’re sitting there in 50 years regretting something you haven’t done?

To make dreams happen you need to take practical action.

You’re in the perfect place, I got your back, keep clicking!

(and if you need any more help just drop me an email).

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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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