How to Plan a Sabbatical Abroad

How to Plan a Sabbatical Abroad

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Now that I have a plan for what I’m going to do during my sabbatical, I’ve really started getting into the weeds with more planning. Of course, taking at least part of my sabbatical abroad means a very different set-up than if I was taking it at home. But that’s part of the fun of it all. Over the course of the next few weeks, I’m going to take you down my rabbit hole of planning a sabbatical abroad.   How to Plan a Sabbatical Abroad Here are the four main steps to planning an international sabbatical and what you have to look forward to over the next few weeks. 1. Decide Where to Go As I previously announced, we are going to take our sabbatical in Europe. But, we have to…
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I’ve Got Job Offers. Now What?

I’ve Got Job Offers. Now What?

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In the last few months, my job prospects have improved dramatically. I continue to get growth opportunities at my current job, and I have had numerous outreaches and offers for other great jobs. So what’s the problem?  I want to take a break from my career in the form of a sabbatical, not climb the ladder. Or do I?  All of these reminders that I’m good at what I do for my career throw me into a spiral of doubt. I start thinking about making more money, having more friends at work, and contributing more to the world through the work I do.   I think, “Maybe I don’t need a break after all. Why was I even planning to take a break in the first place?” These feelings make me both…
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What I’m Going to Do During My Sabbatical

What I’m Going to Do During My Sabbatical

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I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I’m going to do during my sabbatical. This includes more writing, exercising, cooking, and spending more time with my spouse, kids, and dogs. But, recently, I’ve realized that COVID has allowed me the time at home to do all of these things. While I love it, I know that my sabbatical will need to be about more than just that. But what exactly is that? Now I know what that is. For my sabbatical plan, we are going to spend 4-6 weeks in Europe as a family. The details are still being worked out. Obviously, some of the COVID variants are throwing this into a bit of flux. However, in Europe, cases tend to be better than in the U.S. But…
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$100,000 Savings Goal Update

$100,000 Savings Goal Update

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This week, I’m providing you with an update on my journey towards saving $100,000 to take a sabbatical. As you know, I’ve chosen this amount based on a specific savings plan with my “why’s” in mind.  At the end of this month, when some equity I have in my company vests, I will have reached my goal.  There won’t be a big party or celebration. The calendar will just roll over, and it will be another day. In fact, I’m not even planning to take my sabbatical for some time yet. Why not? That’s a story for another post. So, what does this mean for my day-to-day life?  Not much. Just like when people hit whatever goal they are aiming for, whether it’s a million dollars, a FIRE number, a weight loss…
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What Simon Biles and Naomi Osaka Can Teach Us About Taking a Sabbatical

What Simon Biles and Naomi Osaka Can Teach Us About Taking a Sabbatical

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When Simone Biles announced this week that she was dropping out of the team's Olympic gymnastic event and then the all-around individual event, I felt inspired. I was glad that she put her mental and physical health first and it made me more inspired and ready to take my own break.  I felt the same way when Osaka declined a press conference for her mental health (and was subsequently booted from the French Open, which was outrageous). If you haven't read her article in Time, it's worth the read.   These women are putting their health and well-being first, and it has been great to see the outpouring of support for them as well as the increased spotlight on mental health. I haven't seen much about the connection between mental health and…
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Should I Take a Sabbatical or Retire Early With FIRE?

Should I Take a Sabbatical or Retire Early With FIRE?

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Since I had a quiet May writing for Women’s Money, you might be wondering where I’ve been. The truth is that I’ve been doing less writing, more thinking, and more doing. First, the doing. I’ve been spending more time doing the things I want to do on a sabbatical. I’ve been spending more time with my kids, exercising more, cooking more, and working on a side business. Next, the thinking. Sometimes it’s hard to write about something when you begin to question it. (Though, when you are questioning something, this is often the time you should be doing the most writing and journaling about it.) For me, it’s been challenging to write about my sabbatical planning because I’ve been wondering more and more if I want to take a sabbatical.…
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How to Get Health Insurance During a Sabbatical

How to Get Health Insurance During a Sabbatical

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Recently, I had some significant unexpected medical expenses (no need to worry, everything is ok). These expenses caused me to start thinking more about medical costs during my planned sabbatical and how I will cover them.   Right now, my entire family is covered by medical insurance through my employer. While I used to have a vague understanding that the Affordable Car Act would be available to us when I take my sabbatical, the recent health care expenses caused me to look into that more seriously.   Health Insurance Options When Taking a Sabbatical Here are the options available to you for health insurance during a sabbatical: 1. Stay On Your Current Employer’s Plan If you are lucky enough to be able to take a sabbatical where you still keep your job,…
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Where to Put Your Money for Short-Term Savings

Where to Put Your Money for Short-Term Savings

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Saving $100,000 is not easy. It requires a lot of hard work, side hustle, persistence, and sacrifice. It is making me think about what is most important to spend money on and what’s less important.  But once I’ve set aside money for my sabbatical, where am I keeping it? The market is roaring right now. If I had bought $20,000 of Peloton stock last March, I would have more than $100,000 today! (Truly, Peloton was a stock I considered investing in when the market was down in March 2020. It was trading around $25/share. In the last few months, it’s been higher than $150/share. Coulda, woulda, shoulda.)  But, as a fairly risk-averse person, I keep almost all of my money in index funds. However, this isn’t where I keep my sabbatical savings. Stock…
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4 Questions to Help You Plan Your Sabbatical

4 Questions to Help You Plan Your Sabbatical

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Some people plan a sabbatical because they have a particular thing in mind they want to spend their time on.  Maybe it’s a round-the-world trip, a massive art project, writing project, house project, or something entirely different.  Others (like me) plan a sabbatical because all they know is that they need a break to avoid burnout. If you fall in the latter group, as your time gets closer to actually telling people and then going on sabbatical, you start to wonder, what exactly are you going to do with your time off? Questions to Ask When Planning a Sabbatical Here are some questions to ask yourself as you start figuring out what your sabbatical will look like. 1. How do you spend your time on vacation?  Vacation isn’t the same…
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Is a Sabbatical Like a Long Vacation?

Is a Sabbatical Like a Long Vacation?

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I’m currently working remotely and also taking some much needed vacation time. It’s wonderfully relaxing. I get to sleep in, go for runs once the sun is up, cook more meals, spend more time with my kids, feel less rushed, and still feel productive.  And I find myself wondering: Is this what my sabbatical will feel like?  And the short answer is: I hope so. Some people imagine a sabbatical to be like a really long vacation. For anyone who has been on a long vacation before, you know that towards the end of it (even the middle of it), you are ready to go home. There is only so much completely unstructured down time you can have.  On the extended vacations I have previously had, I started having weird dreams or getting…
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