Everybody Should Take One!


sab·bat·i·cal    səˈbadək(ə)l/

any extended period of leave from one’s customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or to travel

This definition in Google is in sync with the meaning I have.

According to wikipedia:

A sabbatical is a rest from work, or a break, often lasting from two months to a year.

But I recently saw this definition in dictionary.com:

a period of paid period leave granted to a college teacher for study or travel, traditionally every seventh year    


You get paid for traveling every seventh year?  Wish I was a professor!  Every seventh year so you can overcome the seven year itch?

Getting paid or not, we all need a sabbatical at least once (or more) in a lifetime!

Here is why:

Life is short

Yes, I follow this motto religiously.  That is my reminder for every time I am unsure of something.  Life is really short, and sadly, tomorrow might not come.  You have the rest of your life to work, so if you love traveling, why wait?  Do it while you are young and energetic?  Sure, you can put it off till the time is right, but that can also lead to NEVER.  Or you can wait till after retirement, but you might only want to do the all-inclusive cruises then.  You might have to tend to your arthritis or you might be too busy with your grandchildren. The best time is NOW.

Remember you don’t have to be unhappy in your job or heartbroken or at crossroads in life to take a sabbatical!

It doesn’t have to be for traveling.  Take a break from the crazy corporate world just to enjoy doing the things that make you happy – spend more quality time with your family, study abroad, learn something new, volunteer or try a new career.  Why not?  What do we have to lose?  Money?  That is something we can never get enough of.  Status at work? Worried that you might not get another job like this one?  When you leave this world, who cares if you have the title Senior Vice President or Office Clerk?  The return is always higher than the risk.   Trust me on that!

Listen to Mark Twain:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” 

You only live once!  Go take a sabbatical – a gap year, a career-break or whatever you like to call it.  You might discover a new you and a new passion.  Celebrate your new-found freedom.  #enjoylife #makeithappen

Author: Pearl

I have always loved traveling but did not venture out on my own until I was in my mid-20s. After my first solo adventure to Vietnam, I have fallen in love with the freedom and exhilaration of traveling alone. I would like to use this blog to document my travels and record memorable stories I do not want to forget. It will be a platform to share useful information and hear about others' experiences and thoughts, not necessarily about travels but also on life in general. Live a simple and meaningful life, enjoy learning along the way, travel the world and explore the unknown!

2 thoughts on “Everybody Should Take One!”

  1. I can resonate with this post so much. For some reason, after reading this post, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulder, and everything my husband said to me makes sense 🙁
    Thank you 🙂

    P.S- love the quote mentioned. May I use it as well?

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