I was scared when I decided to take time off from my corporate job, I even felt like the professional version of the ugly duckling. Since then, I’ve met many people taking career breaks, even those who love their jobs. Taking time off even seems normal now.
Here’s a list of people planning extended time off work or who are already on their sabbaticals. Follow them on their journeys and don’t be shy to say hi, especially if you may take time off one day.
Travellers I’ve interviewed
Veo el Mundo (“I see the world” in Spanish)
Holger Mette is an Australian lawyer turned professional travel photographer and has been travelling around the world since 2007. My interview with Holger Mette.
I met James in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He’s a web designer and online travel marketer who has been travelling the world since 2003.
1 Year Sabbatical
Matt Koenig is a 40-something IT professional from the US who is planning a year off to Indonesia with his wife and two young kids starting June 2011. Sabbatical Leave, Family and Kids.
Travellers I’ve Met
Stop Having a Boring Life
I briefly met Rob in Bangkok. Before he started travelling in Sept 2009, he was an executive in a government relations firm with a house and long term girlfriend. He’s also a fellow Canadian from Ottawa.
Time-tested Travel blogs
Everything Everywhere – One of Time Magazine’s Top 25 Blogs in the World, 2010
Wandering Earl – A highly recommended blog by Earl Baron, who’s been working and travelling around the world since 1999.
Jack and Jill Travel – a couple from the US who met in college, graduated, got jobs, got married, left our jobs, sold everything, and bought a one-way ticket to Colombia.
GQ trippin – a 20-something couple from San Francisco who loves travel, food and is starting their round-the-world December 2011.
Captain and Clark - a couple who met on the summit of Kilimanjaro and currently on a RTW hand-delivering letters they found in the Galapagos, to strangers around the globe.
Country-specific travel links
Canada travel blogs
I Backpack Canada – an award-winning, Lonely Planet syndicated blog, by Corbin Fraser (a super nice, 20-something Canadian guy)
Europe travel blogs
Europe Traveler – a blog about Europe travel, by Ross Fraser
BootsnAll Travel Network – an independent travel company based in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.