Why You Should Consider Taking a Sabbatical and How to Prepare for It.

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A sabbatical — six weeks to a year — can provide the necessary time and space to rejuvenate, inspire, and spark ideas. While each person has different needs and the sabbatical will look differently based on those needs, all sabbaticals should start with a plan. If a sabbatical leave may be in the cards for you, consider the following questions.

What Are the Benefits?

A couple of the biggest perks associated with taking a sabbatical leave are rejuvenation and clarity. A sabbatical will provide you the necessary time and space to evaluate where you have been, where you are, and where you want to go. The time can help you realize your skills and knowledge, as well as determine how to best use them to your advantage, the advantage of your employer, and the advantage of the community. The space away from your daily routine and the new experiences will inevitably inspire you with new ideas.

Health and fitness often take a backseat to the needs of your job and bringing in an income. During a sabbatical, you will have more time to focus on exercise, diet, heart health, immunity, and your overall physical wellbeing. Yoga retreats offered in magical Bali and Mexico are worthwhile investments that can improve your physical and mental health.

Should You Travel?

Many people spend their sabbatical visiting friends and family or traveling to exciting and new destinations. Some go off to far off lands, while others take road trips to nearby destinations or across the county. Whatever you choose to do, the goal should be to enjoy freedom, see new things, and embrace new experiences.

Travel breaks up your routine, challenges you to see beyond your established biases, forces you to step out of your comfort zone, and motivates you to grow. The more you allow yourself to immerse yourself into the cultures and surroundings of the places you go, the more you will find yourself changed. Travel, coupled with the freedom of the sabbatical, will inspire you to see the world, yourself, and your career differently. New surroundings will spark ideas and motivate you. 

How Should You Prepare Financially? 

The better your financial plan, the longer and more effective your sabbatical can be. It’s important to know where you stand financially because that will help you figure out what you can do during your time off. One of the best ways to prepare is to start an emergency fund (or build it if you already have one). Many experts suggest saving enough to cover three to six months of living expenses; however, you don’t have to stop there. The more you save, the more you can do during your time off and the more you will be covered should an emergency take place. 

Another option is to make money while you’re on sabbatical. If you’ll be traveling, consider renting out your home. Turning your home into a vacation rental can be a great source of income, but there’s more to it than putting your information online and handing the keys to your guests. It takes careful preparation, such as deep cleaning, regular maintenance, providing extra amenities, and adding a security system (particularly smart security). If you need help getting your home ready to attract visitors, be sure to take advantage of online guides.

You should believe the hype about sabbaticals; they can transform your perspective on life and enhance your career. Consider all the benefits, decide whether you will travel, and examine your finances so that you can come up with a solid plan. Taking a sabbatical could be just the thing you need. Just make sure you prepare the best you can. 

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Guest Blog by Sheila Olson of fitsheila.com