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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“No Lymphoma” and “Pray for Rain”

Posted on: Saturday, August 12th, 2017

In the past weeks, those were the most profound words I heard. They also took me to highs and lows that I’ll likely carry for some time. After surgery, now 3+ weeks ago, I was in recovery and floating betwee…

Twittering Away

SoulTrain

“No Lymphoma” and “Pray for Rain”

In the past weeks, those were the most profound words I heard. They also took me to highs and lows that I’ll likely carry for some time. After surgery, now…

Floating on Perplexity & Paradise

So where were we? Oh yeah, the last sinus scans had blortzes. Which they called infections. So I took antibiotics. But that solved nothing. So now I have a date…

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…

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…