Sabbaticals are not your typical cocktail conversation. Most companies don’t even include the word in their employee manual. And many busycrazy people fail to use all their vacation days, let alone scheme about taking three months off.
But rest assured: Big Breaks are no longer just the privileged province of preachers and professors. So if you dig in, you’ll find many gems to enlighten you—books, websites, blogs, periodicals, zines, and more.
Here’s a select list of favorites for you to check out. If you find anything that you think rocks, please let us know!
- CAREER BREAK/RTW TRAVEL SITES
- MONEY/BUDGETING SITES/BLOGS
Apartment/Condo/House Rental Sites
Staying with Locals
Working Abroad/Exchanging work for room and board
http://alittleadrift.com/rtw-travel/rtw_packing/ (includes a female packing list)
http://blog.hostelbookers.com/travel/how-to-pack-your-backpack/ (how to best pack your backpack)
http://gogreentravelgreen.com/extended-travel/ultimate-packing-list-for-a-round-the-world-trip/ (2 female packing lists)
http://www.aswetravel.com/rtw-gear-list-our-2011-packing-list/ (male and female packing lists for two digital nomads)
- INSURANCE – MEDICAL/TRAVEL
And last but not least… BOOKS!!! Remember those?
The Art of Non-Comformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World; Chris Guillebeau
Power Sabbatical: The Break That Makes A Difference; Robert Levine
The Career Break Book: Swap Your Briefcase for a Passport and Live Your Dream; Lonely Planet
The Family Sabbatical Handbook: The Budget Guide to Living Abroad With Your Family; Elisa Burnick
Gap Years for Grown Ups; Susan Griffith
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich; Timothy Ferriss
Die Broke: A Radical, Four-Part Financial Plan to Restore Your Confidence, Increase Your Net Worth, and Afford the Lifestyle of Your Dreams; Stephen M. Pollan
Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic; John De Graaf, David Wann,
A Family Year Abroad; Chris Westphal
Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living; Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler