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Welcome to my sabbatical and travel blog. With over 250,000 visitors a year, you've come to the right place if you're planning a sabbatical.

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I've put together all of my best content on this page so you can quickly get your hands on the information you need, and get an idea of what this site is all about.

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Sabbatical Planning

Sabbatical Basics

In this section are the very basics you'll need to know before taking a sabbatical, such as what a sabbatical is, plus why and how to take one.


Here I work through the practical elements of taking a sabbatical such as what to do with pets, cars, houses, how to approach your employer and how to afford a sabbatical.

Sabbatical Preparation

All the sabbatical planning is done and it's now time to cover off some prep. Here you'll find tips, resources and checklists to help make the booking of and run up to your sabbatical go smoothly.

Sabbatical Inspiration

Sabbatical Ideas

If you're looking for inspiration, find all the best sabbatical ideas in this section. From six month round the world trips to volunteering abroad, I've got all the bases covered.

7 Day Whisky Tour of Aberdeenshire

All Sabbatical Ideas


1 Month Sabbatical Ideas


3 Month Sabbatical Ideas


6 Month Sabbatical Ideas


1 Year+ Sabbatical Ideas


Travel Tips

After Your Sabbatical

I regularly send out surveys to people who have taken sabbaticals to learn more about their perspectives. 'Re-adjusting back to normal life' is always in the top 3 difficulties people found with the process. In this section I aim to help with some of those concerns.

Destination Guides

Where do you want to go?

I've been lucky enough to travel to over 30 countries (and counting!) in my life so far. Click the map below to find guides to the places I've visited.

Adventure Stories

Alongside my travel guides, I like to write longer pieces about our adventures. Travel is an amazing thing, with every place being unique to the person who was there. This is my attempt to This, in some small way emulate the travel writing I read growing up; Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson, Jan Morris but made simpler to navigate for the internet age.

An image of Valletta, the capital city of Malta

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