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Books to read before/during your sabbatical

Are you dreaming of travel and some extended time off? Maybe you’ve got your sabbatical locked in? We are sharing our top sabbatical reads to inspire you before and during your trip!

For those seeking sabbatical advice

Dreaming doesn’t turn something into reality unless we take action. These are our favorite books to support your sabbatical preparation:

Escape 101 by Dan Clements & Tara Gignac 

Are you dreaming of taking a year off but you don’t know how to make it happen? Then this book is made for you! A step-by-step guide to take time off work to explore, work on a special project, or relax without losing your money or your mind!

The 4-hour workweek by Timothy Ferris

This book is all about setting aside the 9-5 way of life and living life on your own terms. It’s perfect for anyone seeking a big lifestyle change and those that are considering leaving their current job before their sabbatical begins.

The Career Break Book – Lonely Planet

This book sums up the process of taking a career break. Iit moves you through each phase of the process and offers great tips along the way. It also includes some great route planning tips to help you choose your destination for your sabbatical.

The Career Break Travellers Handbook by Jeffrey Jung

Jeff is a man who’s truly been there and done it! The Career Break Traveller’s Handbook is full of useful advice from health, tech tips, packing, and even dealing with loneliness when traveling.

For those wanting lifestyle and mindset support

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

Get a refreshing and inspiring take on travel as not just a way to go and see places, but to define a lifestyle. Rolf shares stories, tips, and helpful advice on mindset to help you step into a traveler’s life.

Burnout, by Emily & Amelia Nagoski

Written by sisters, this book explains why women experience burnout differently than men, and what we can do about it. 

The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte 

This book is a brilliant and empowering guide to defining success on your own terms. With her signature in-the-trenches truth-telling and humor, this book reframes many of the popular self-help and success concepts we’ve all heard of to cut through the fear in order to get straight to your core desires, pragmatism, and courage.

For those wanting to get lost in a good story and feel inspired

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

A classic read for anyone wanting to go on a journey of inner and outer discovery! Get inspired by Elizabeth’s experiences as she navigates her journey and the challenges, and discoveries, it brings. 

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Follow one woman’s journey along the Pacific Crest trail. This book is more of a memoir than a book. It is both captivating and cathartic. 

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

One of our favorite books of all time, Bill shares his experience planning, preparing, and setting off on his journey on the Appalachian Trail. With his wit and self-reflecting humor, he is disarming and inspiring all at the same time. Who knew a book about walking in the woods could be so entertaining?

Living to Feel Alive by Albert Bosch

Albert Bosch is an adventurer who refused to give up on his dream to cross the Atlantic. This book is packed with interesting reflections on life, self-leadership and provides guidance for those wanting to chase their dreams! 

Take Off Your Shoes by Ben Feder

Follow this corporate executive’s adventure from workaholic to burnout to family man living in a foreign country, as Ben shares his thoughts and experiences from the two worlds he’s learned to live in.

Travel classics with a twist


The Dark Tourist by Dom Joly

A comedian/author travels to unusual destinations with dark and mysterious histories. From skiing in Iran, to tours in Chernobyl. Visits to the temples and the killing fields in Cambodia and bus tours through North Korea. It’s a fascinating and very funny read.

We hope you’ll enjoy these reads! Share your favorite travel-inspired books with us, too! We always love growing our must-read list!

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