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    Anyone taken a sabbatical from work?

    If so, what did you do? Thinking of taking one in a couple of years and it would be nice to hear about what folks did. Leaning towards travel and NGO work myself.

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    At age 50 I retired and came to Thailand. 2 years later, I found myself working again, not for the money (though it's good) but for something to do.
    So in a sense I took a sabbatical instead of retiring. Basically squandered my time in the interim. No regrets.

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    Went to India to find myself but when I got there I was out.

    You may wish to ask why you wish to escape

    I would commend Mountain walking sailing and red wine a walk the lengt of the Pyrenees,Appalachians or Mt Kailash will be rewarding or scuba the lenght of the Great Barrier reef
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    I took a couple of days off.

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    Did a PhD on Thaiofiles, and traveled the world. In first class, of course.

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    Yes, well it is important to have plenty of mulling time- one can never have too much.
    India eh? Overland from Myanmar back to Blighty holds some appeal, but something I can put on the ol CV seems wiser than an extended holiday. Did NGO work in Honduras when I was 18 and enjoyed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pregomeister View Post
    If so, what did you do? Thinking of taking one in a couple of years and it would be nice to hear about what folks did. Leaning towards travel and NGO work myself.
    Not taken one. Letting my boss maybe find out he could get along quite happily without me for six months to a year never seemed a good idea, especially around the time of the next contact negotiation.

    Alternative is that it all goes horribly wrong while you are away, and guess gets who gets the blame?

    (this is assuming that you are talking about a "real" sabbatical, and not just a period between employment contracts with different people).

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    My work over the years has allowed me pretty much free reign over my travelling habits. At times of course I'm busy but I've always had some kind of getaway planned. Not just DJing but other crap I've dabbled in over the years

    I like laughing at friends who only get 3-4wks a year away from their work, many of whom are in mundane jobs I wouldn't wish on my worst enemies on this forum

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    free rein.

    and those people you laugh at can afford to stay at ibis and aren't sponging off their retired fathers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    and not just a period between employment contracts with different people
    I've only done it this way

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    and not just a period between employment contracts with different people
    I've only done it this way
    Got to admit, "on sabbatical" is much catchier than "unemployed"......

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    free rein.

    and those people you laugh at can afford to stay at ibis and aren't sponging off their retired fathers.

    My dad's hardly that well off if he lives in some pokey little ex miners cottage in a crap area of Cornwall

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    Yeah, he had a fuckin' mansion until you impoverished him!

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    Everyday sabbaticals.

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    Sabbatical, is that not related to being religious, or religious studies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam
    At age 50 I retired and came to Thailand. 2 years later, I found myself working again, not for the money (though it's good) but for something to do.
    I did much the same thing in my late 40's. Had a great time in the village and got to know most of what goes on before going back for something to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    Alternative is that it all goes horribly wrong while you are away, and guess gets who gets the blame?
    Took the gamble and it paid off. May well do the same again in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pregomeister View Post
    If so, what did you do? Thinking of taking one in a couple of years and it would be nice to hear about what folks did. Leaning towards travel and NGO work myself.
    I used to take sabbaticals in my 20s.

    I was debt free and saved money to do one thing: travel internationally.

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    Err, in my day we called it bumming about.

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    ^ Your day has long seen its sunset old boy....

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    If any members here are in the autumn of their lives, it would nice to know how many of you were able to retire early, and how did you fill the time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    If any members here are in the autumn of their lives, it would nice to know how many of you were able to retire early, and how did you fill the time?
    You're using the past tense twice in your post.

    Perhaps you should use the present tense.


    Jus' sayin'

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    Sounds like a picture thread is on order here. Call it The sabbatical and give us insight into how it plays out.

    Personally I'm still saving to get to the point wherein I "feel" I will be able to quit my Job and head off on the next chapter in our lives. Until then I will go on little escapes rather than a long retreat. It would be nice to blast off now but sound security is something I may not have late in life if I quit it all now.

    For me it boils down to what I feel I would be satisfied with in latter life. The house in Laos is a fine place to visit I just don't know if I could live there. If I were a young man I would attempt a stab at being a digital nomad. Now though I don't want to have to sell anything to get by. Weather It be a product or simple travel footage for examples when I'm ready to call it quits I want to know I have already built sound security for us to move on with. Now if I were a monk I may get by on a smile and take a sabbatical. Any one that can be free enough to do that I admire. Sadly I have been programmed to the ways of the western world.

    What does Jeff get by on I wonder as it would seem to reason he has knowledge in the "better way" as it pertains to living outside of the western ways. I did see with my own eyes a monk that lived on a three by three bamboo mat hanging over the Mekong river. I was taken aback by that. He survived on donations from the people he prayed for. I may post a pic one day.

    A picture thread is in order here regardless of your next move. Good luck with it.
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    my life has been one long sabbatical. so yes, many times.

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    I took a sabbatical 3 years ago, a fookin massive one, I retired.

    Thing is, as I previously suspected, Working is a total waste of life.

    Could of retired when I was Born no problems whatso ever.

    All depends on ones get up and go though. Some people need to work until they nearly die simply because that is what defines them.

    Fok that.
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    two months last year after 12 years on the job; pottered around spain, the Uk, caught up with family etc. spent time with my daughter. went back refreshed

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