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 moreR

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Stuff is Making Us Stuck (Part 1)

Posted on: Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Black Friday 2019 enjoyed record sales of $7.4B in digital shopping alone. Cyber Monday: $9.4B, up 19% from 2018. And as for the anticipated shopping total this holiday season? A tidy $740B. Black Friday—sounds ghoulish,…

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Stuff is Making Us Stuck (Part 1)

Black Friday 2019 enjoyed record sales of $7.4B in digital shopping alone. Cyber Monday: $9.4B, up 19% from 2018. And as for the anticipated shopping total this holiday season?…

FOTOFRIDAY: Ahh, Italia…

Breakaway has already reported on the growing trend of offering sabbaticals as a marketing ploy. But have did you know that 280,000 people applied for airbnb’s sabbatical in Italy? Their mission for the free adventure? “Breathe new life” into the fading hilltown of Grottole—home to 300 residents. AND 600 empty homes!