Sabbatical Considerations and Proposals

In preparation to further break the ice with my employer regarding our impending sabbatical I’ve realized that there are a few considerations to keep in mind if you are adamant about keeping your same job when you return from your sabbatical. I’ve already had one...

Cost of Living in Indonesia

One of the most common questions we get asked is how can you afford to take a 1 year sabbatical?  Isn’t it really expensive?  Up to this point I’ve had a particular number in my head of what our monthly expenses would be but I really didn’t have a definitive answer. ...

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!  Love is definitely in the air today.  Did you know that over 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged today making this the second most popular card sending holiday?  (Christmas is first in case you were wondering.)  Apparently...

Write Your Sabbatical Anxiety Away

I was reading an interesting study the other day in the journal Science that showed that students who wrote about test-related anxiety for ten minutes before taking an exam improved their test scores, some by up to one grade point.  Just the act of expressive writing...

Why Stretching is Good

I was talking with someone the other day about our sabbatical plans and how much we were looking forward to experiencing living in a new culture and all the things we still needed to do before leaving and all the uncertainties about finances and jobs and insurance and...