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Old 02-02-2017, 08:50 PM   #21
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No regrets here. I'm in a little different situation (no wife, no dependents, very few obligations, and 2/3rds of the way to "my FIRE number") but I had a job I hated, so I quit on the spot. I then took a 3-week roadtrip seeing friends Ive been meaning to visit, reconnecting and just taking it easy. It took me a couple months to find another job (significantly lower paying) but the sabbatical was worth it, I'm glad I never have to work that job again, and I did land a job I'm content with.
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Old 02-02-2017, 10:03 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Montecfo View Post

Oh well. You never get ahead of the pack by running with it.

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Old 02-04-2017, 03:20 PM   #23
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I took an accidental 16 month sabbatical at 48. Accidental in that I retired, never intending to work again. Did really well the first 12 months - relaxing, travelling around Europe and the US, working out. After about 12 months, I started to get ancy. So when I got a call about a cool sounding project, I took the job. The time off was absolutely wonderful. The decision to go back to work, in retrospect, was not among my best decisions ever. Luckily, I can always re-retire.
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Old 02-05-2017, 09:24 AM   #24
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Twice when I was between jobs, I went to Latin America and enrolled in a Spanish-language school. I also brought my bike with me to tour on. When I eventually returned home and went on job interviews, "studying Spanish in Latin America" seemed to be a very satisfactory answer to the inevitable question about what I had been doing since my last job. Depending on the interviewer, I would sometimes also mention bicycle touring. It, too, was generally well accepted.
Ha! I love this one. You got to better yourself AND take the time off. Good for you.
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Old 02-05-2017, 09:27 AM   #25
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Yeah, same here. I doubt I'd have the option to return. They aren't going to keep my job open a year or two. I would just retire, take a year or two off, then see if I wanted to go back. I'd go back to some other kind of work, maybe, or I might just stay retired. Depends on how I liked my "sabbatical."
Though this assumes you'd have the option to never work again, which unfortunately I don't think I'm there yet. I work in a field where I'm pretty sure I could get a job again, just maybe not as good/high paying. But the time off might be worth it anyway given what everyone is saying
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Old 03-09-2017, 12:39 PM   #26
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Great topic.

I plan on taking a 6-12 month sabbatical in 2010, right around my 10 year anniversary in Megacorp world.

I will be just about to turn 33 years old at that point, and about 50% of the way to being actually FIRE'd.

I will not be asking for permission, I will leave and if they want me back I will come back on my terms, if not.....I am in sales and jobs are plentiful.
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Old 03-09-2017, 02:06 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by 2Birds1Stone View Post

I plan on taking a 6-12 month sabbatical in 2010, right around my 10 year anniversary in Megacorp world.
so how was it?
You can't be a retirement plan actuary without a retirement plan, otherwise you lose all credibility...
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Old 03-09-2017, 02:44 PM   #28
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I am considering taking a year with my two kids and spouse somewhere in Asia as well. Did you home school your kids? Enroll them in a local school?
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Old 03-09-2017, 03:34 PM   #29
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I'm going back to work this month after about a year-long sabbatical. I'm 55 and work in IT, so I guess I'm unusual in doing this. I quit the old mega-corp job last year and I'm going to work for a smaller company now. I wouldn't have done it if I wasn't in the position where I could probably retire if it didn't work out.
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Old 03-17-2017, 04:58 PM   #30
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Just weighing some options here. I'm 49 and am in the last accumulation years towards ER. I was reading a thread about heath & aging and it got me thinking about how important it is to take time to enjoy life.

Since I haven't hit FIRE, I do need to keep working (or move to Thailand!), but I find myself really burning out at work. I have a high stress job in the entertainment industry that pays really well, but I'm craving a break.

I'd love to hear any of your stories about taking a sabbatical in the late accumulation phase. Was it the right thing for you to do? Or did you look back and regret it for any reasons?

I did a Sabbatical at age 49 for a year. Spent 6 months on our boat with my wife doing an extended cruise. Between preparing for the trip, recovering from the trip and finding a new job, it was a year well spent. I knew then I wanted to ER, so I went back to work for a little over 5 years and then retired. Kids were launched and my wife left the workforce some 25 years earlier.

No regrets. Could not have ER'd at 49.
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Old 03-17-2017, 07:05 PM   #31
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If you look at my linkedin... I'm on it what you will.. retired. Unless I decide to go back to work... I'm retired.
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:02 PM   #32
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I took a break at age 36 and went and hiked the Appalachian Trail. No regrets. Basically changed my life as a result.
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