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

I’m the Luckiest Man in the World…

Posted on: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Meet Scott, proudly representing my so many friends. Scott’s a BFF since 2nd grade, growing up in Soo Siddy and beyond, who spent the last few days prepping (and partying) with me at home on Lake Owasso. I…

Twittering Away

Sabbatical Shuffle

Travel During Terrorism?

My son finished his first year at Princeton and promptly set out for his walkabout—5.5 weeks of backpacking and hammocking his way through Denmark and the French/Spanish/Italian Mediterranean. Nice (France)…

11 Long-Living Lessons from #TBEXinMN

TBEX, aka The Travel Blog Exchange, held its annual USA conference last week right here in the Twin Cities. The days were packed with speakers, sessions, networking, partying, and of…

Unplugging

Multitask Much? 5 Ways to Give Yourself a Break!

Multitasking is a myth. Duh. This we now know for a real, true fact, thanks to an onslaught of studies that inspired a barrage of media. Nonetheless, you can’t…

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…