Everything You Need to Know About a Sabbatical & Your Career

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If you care about your job and value the security, financial freedom and success that comes from having a fulfilling career then I can fully empathise!

I love my job, but I also know I want to make the most of the years I have on the planet, which is why I’ve built some mini-retirements into my career so I can explore the world with my wife.

In this section of the site, I will cover everything work-related which will reassure you that it is possible to take a sabbatical without ruining your career.

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So, You Want To Take A Sabbatical?

Be ready to speak to your boss in just 9 days!

Learn:

  • The 8 reasons people take a sabbatical
  • How to use an 'elevator speech' to your advantage
  • How much your sabbatical will cost
  • When the right time to take a sabbatical is

                    and much, much more....


Career-Related Posts

How To Take A Sabbatical From Work: Everything You Need To Know
This post walks through a sabbatical from start to finish starting with research moving on to planning and then finally how to request your leave.

How To Ask For A Sabbatical [And Get One!]
9 easy steps that guide you through the process of requesting a sabbatical. I cover building a plan to cover your job, choosing the best time and tips for making the meeting run smoothly.

8 Examples Of People Who Took A Sabbatical And Returned To Their Jobs
If you’re worried your job might not be there when you return, here is some motivation, with eight people sharing their stores of how they took a sabbatical and resumed their job at the end.

Negotiating A Sabbatical When Your Company Has No Policy
Jennifer Fitzpatrick’s employer didn’t have a sabbatical policy but she managed to negotiate one anyway! Here is how she did it along with 9 top tips to replicate her success.


Articles & Studies That Show The Increasing Sabbatical Trend

How Sabbaticals Have The Benefit Of Building Leadership Capacity
A study from the nonprofit sector that is based on 91 leaders who took sabbaticals and the benefit it had for both them and their companies.

22% Of The World’s Top Companies Now Offer a Sabbatical Program
You are not alone! 22% of the world’s companies now offer a sabbatical program and searches on Google for the term ‘sabbatical leave’ have nearly trebled in the last 15 years. You will not be the first to take a sabbatical or the last. It is possible to do so without it ruining your career.

How the HR Director for Amazon Devices Took a Sabbatical
This is one example of many I could have chosen of a top executive taken a sabbatical. If someone in a job this big is taking a sabbatical, what is stopping you?


My Favourite Leadership Books

The Effective Executive (Peter Drucker)
There is one thing you can take complete control of, and that is your time and what you do with it. This book taught me more being productive and prioritisation than any other.

Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way To Deal With Change in Work and Life (Spencer Johnson)
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.

Discipline Equals Freedom (Jocko Willink)
I feel you learn more from people who are very different to you than those that are similar. Jocko is an ex Navy SEAL commander, and a tough bastard. This book is an extreme view on mindset, health, leadership and much more. It does not pull any punches, but the way it is formatted and the tough messages make it an incredibly engaging read. I re-read it once a year to keep me focused.

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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.

The Power of Pause (Nance Guilmartin)
I’ve grown up in incredibly busy, 24/7 workplaces where it is easy to react to situations rather than respond. This book taught me how to pause, think and take action rather than just reacting to what’s going on.


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

Financing a Sabbatical

Sabbaticals & Your Career
(You Are Here)

Planning a Sabbatical

Travel Guides

Returning From Sabbatical

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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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