The Sabbatical...the one year "trial" retirement
So, the megacorp where I work offers a 80% pay for four years/ fifth year sabbatical (at 80% salary).
I've opted for this self-funded year break so I can see how much I really need to live on and be able to plan accordingly. I will move to a small, energy efficient low tax urban condo and spend a year doing as i wish. Once I tally how much I spend over the year, it will be easier to calculate how much of a nest egg I will need and when my earliest retirement date will be. Anyone in the forum done a sabbatical?