Why now is a good time to plan a sabbatical
The whole world needs to reset after the year we’ve had. We may all be feeling battered, bruised and exhausted but there is now a ray of hope. We can finally allow ourselves the luxury of making plans again and where better to start than with a proper break. Not just a quick weekend away but a real opportunity to disconnect from our same four walls and see somewhere new.
A sabbatical is the perfect way to recharge. Taking a breather from the stress and monotony of our everyday lives can be so beneficial for our physical and mental health. And let’s face it, if last year has been one thing, it’s monotonous.
The travel boom will be back
The travel industry is finally edging towards a comeback, with an increase in enquiry numbers across the board. As the months go by and restrictions ease, hotels and flights are filling up for the coming year and beyond. Stay ahead of the curve and plan sooner, rather than face disappointment.
Not all countries plan to open their borders for international travel until the end of 2021 or into 2022 so we predict there will be a bottleneck of travellers trying to reach these places. It pays to keep an eye out for destinations that are trending or opening so you know what the viable options are. Of course, using a specialist travel company for the planning element is a way to ease the pain of post-pandemic logistics. Not that we’re biased.
A useful website is Can I Travel which allows you to enter your Passport, Departure Country and Destination to see the current regulations for entry.
It can take longer than you think to organise a sabbatical
Taking a sabbatical is typically a once-in-a-lifetime luxury so it can also be hard to choose the right destination. Allow yourself a large planning window as this is the key to a successful trip. No matter how much time you have, it’s never enough to see or do e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. Once you have an idea or trip concept in mind, it will typically take a number of discussions to tweak it, slow the pace, revise the budget and refine the activities to ensure your trip is as you wish it to be. Don’t rush the planning or underestimate how much work is involved in this.
“It’s the things you don’t do that you regret”
Ok, we know it’s a cliché – but in this instance it’s true. A lot of people stop themselves from taking a sabbatical because they worry it will impact their career negatively. Society has let us believe that we need to be constantly connected to our jobs to maintain a successful career but it just isn’t true. There’s something to be said for a work/life balance. If the opportunity is presented to you, take a sabbatical and use the time-out to experience other cultures, push your boundaries, learn a new skill, reconnect with your family and really look after your personal well-being.
No-one knows what the future looks like
If you’d told us in 2019 what the next year entailed, we never would have believed it. While we’re remaining firmly optimistic, if the last year has taught us anything, it’s that we really should be seizing the opportunities that come our way, when they come our way. We’d love to hear from you if you would like to discuss a big trip so please contact us here.