Lots of people say they’d like to take a break from work. But precious few do. This site is for the doers and the dreamers. And anyone who’s caught in the work/life jungle and ready to hack a different path.

What’s the Big Idea?

Hi. I’m Kirk Horsted. Welcome to BreakAway–an amalgamation of opinions & ponderings on the provocative topic of Sabbaticals and Career Breaks. I emphatically believe that real people (like you!) can and should take these restorative breaks–and I’ve done a bunch of them myself to test the theory. Click What’s the Big Idea to read more…

Latest from the BA Blog

Reflections on an Over-Scheduled Summer

Posted on: Friday, June 19th, 2015

In a recent NYT column / book review about kids and summer, Julie Lythcott-Haims waxes poetic about lazy, old-school summers, while criticizing current trends to push America’s “luckiest” teen…

Twittering Away

Sabbatical Shuffle

GBA* and our 6 remaining holidays

Memorial Day, 2015. The holiday has changed since my youth—when everyone went somewhere, usually to simple cabins and camping to catch real fish before overfishing happened. Nowadays, stores stay open…

Experiential Science, 2nd Shifts & A New Book!

The sabbatical inbox fills up so swiftly I sometimes long for the days of snail mail. Yet clearly people keep finding their way to the take-your-time movement. Fast Company has been…

Unplugging

What’s So Smart About Smartphones?

They may be the most mind-blowing invention ever. But are smartphones as amazing as we think they are? They have never: Cooked a delicious meal; hoisted the sails; shoveled…

Can’t Relax? Turn off Your Phone!

Our obsession with smartphones festers on. Go to a social spot like a bar or a rock concert and most everyone is focused on their phone. Students list “no…