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…

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Shhhhh…Don’t Mention St. John

Posted on: Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

So I’m at a gathering and someone breaks out a travel trivia book. Live-ability, largest island, crime rate, what have ya. The United States Virgin Islands (USVI) makes the Top 10 crime rate list. But I g…

Twittering Away

Sabbatical Shuffle

Digital Nomads See the World & Get Paid

Join the digital nomads and me as we conquer the world! Who needs a self-funded career break or paid sabbatical? We all do! But who goes global and gets paid?…

Travel Now—Before It’s Too Late

St. John, one of the three US Virgin Islands, hosts a year-round population of about 4,300, comfortably tucked into an island of about 20 square miles. By contrast, Manhattan is…

Unplugging

Screen (Ab)Use: Are We Near a Breaking Point?

Teaching a writing course at an arts college and raising a family introduces me to creative, diverse youth—including Millennials. Their views about devices/SM/screen-living may be shifting: More and more…

Reflections on Reflecting, Unplugging, and Healing

Well, hi there! Last time we gathered, the topic du jour (which became flavor of the month) was the notion of over-booking summer activities for kids. I defended it, and…