Time For A Mini Retirement or Sabbatical?
I have recently had the restless itch of feeling I have been stuck in one place for too long and want to do something different. I need a jolt to my system if you will. My wife and I have been back in the US from our assignment in China for over 2 years now. We have only left the country once (on a Carnival Bahamas cruise) last October since we returned back to the US.
My wife and I have been kicking around the idea of planning some sort of international trip, but don't have anything really specific in mind. If I take a step back and think about what I'm really looking for I think of:
1) A trip (preferably relaxing/refreshing) where we are not constantly on the move, but some journeying/exploring will be fun.
2) Discovering new things in a new place.
3) International - I want to get out of my comfort zone.
4) Duration, don't want this to end as soon as it begins.
...and that starts to sound more like a mini-retirement, sabbatical, or extended trip to me. I guess what I'd really like to do is go somewhere new for a month, or two or more. That would allow us to take in the area, get comfortable with the place, be able to do much of the exploring we'd like to, and not feel rushed. It might actually even be a lower cost trip if planned that way, but just like any trip there are a lot of details and planning required.
Well we have all the typical obstacles why this isn't feasible:
1) a kid
2) thinking about having more kids
3) a job with not that much vacation
4) a home that requires upkeep
5) a pet (dog)
6) other various commitments, etc
We are still dreaming about this though and have done a little research. I found these sites have at least given me a feel for possibilities:
It looks like there are opportunities to rent furnished places with 2+ bedrooms for a month or so all over the world that wouldn't break the bank, although the prices and specifics vary widely.
After my cursory research I'm leaning toward an extended trip (<3 weeks) this year as it keeps some logistics simpler. However I want to continue to build on that and do something more of a stretch in the next couple years.
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