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Old 08-21-2011, 12:42 PM   #1
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Opportunity for F.I.R.E. "TRIAL"

I am considering changing jobs. Thinking about taking a 3 month break between positions! It would be the longest break I have had since high school!

I am about 5 years from real FIRE but am excited about the break! Would hope to take some longer trip to say Australia and/or Europe, say 2-3 weeks at a time, something Im loathe to do now because of the limited amount of vacation i have.

I would be using Cobra coverage for health care until i get on the new employer's benefit program. Any other things that I should be wary of?

Need to make a short list of other things to enjoy!

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Old 08-21-2011, 01:06 PM   #2
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Is the new job a sure thing

If you are comfortable with the transition I see no reason not to do this if your budget allows.
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:52 PM   #3
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Do it you won't regret it. The 3 months will go by extremely quick. I took a break of 1 year and bought an around the world plane ticket. The best thing I ever did!
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Do you have the next job or are you just going to take the three months off and then start looking for a job?

I have alway found it much easier to find a job when I had a job.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:00 AM   #5
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I'd be wary of liking it so much you never returned to work. I never had more than two weeks of when I worked. Wish I could have taken a longer break, but I might have never gone back.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:40 AM   #6
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Thanks for your replies.

Brat,
Im in the final stages of negotiations and should have an offer in the next couple of weeks. Not too concerned about the transition. No concerns regarding the budget as well.

Free at Last,

I will only give notice once my new contract is signed and confirmed.

Mountaintosea,

Thanks for your encouragement! Im looking forward to the break! How did you explain a year off to your new employer? Im in the medical field and would be a little concerned about losing my skills. One year must have been great. Where all did you visit?

Flyfish,

You are so right! But Im not FI yet so will have to return unfortunately. Hopefully only 5 more years after that!

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Old 08-22-2011, 02:25 PM   #7
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Once you have nailed down the next job I recommend Australia. DH and I used a camper-van and covered half the continent. The only destination on our route that we passed on was Darwin (flooding). We absolutely loved it. As long as you are traveling that far don't miss NZ. My only issue with NZ is that their roads are narrow and they drive like... they are nuts.
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