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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Bucket List for Today (Akumal, Mexico)

Posted on: Friday, March 20th, 2015

A stranger buzz-crafting at the beach bar commented to me today, “There’s much better beer at the lobby bar—if you’re tired of this insipid piss!” “So I’ve heard,” I nodded, “That’…

Twittering Away

Sabbatical Shuffle

Meet Joe Antkowiak, Traveler, Diver, Dreamer, Doer…

Every now and then (as this blog testifies), dreamers, schemers and BreakAway artists of all kinds come together and have gatherings (large and small) to celebrate and inspire this mission and cause called…

BreakAways in the News

Coworker rarely find themselves discussing career breaks around the water cooler.  But they ought to. Because just under the workplace radar, sabbaticals stay in the news—if sometimes in odd iterations.…

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…