Chapter Two

Sabbaticals, unpaid leave, career breaks and quitting your job

Escape 101: The Four Secrets to Taking a Sabbatical or Career Break, by Dan Clements (Brain Ranch, 2007, Kindle and print)
Presents a step-by-step system to take as much time as you need from your job, career or business, without losing ground.

Lonely Planet: The Career Break Book, by Joe Bindloss (Lonely Planet, 2004, print)
A guide for taking extended time off from work. Includes tips on asking for time off, dealing with mortgage and pension issues, etc.

Unplugged: How to Disconnect from the Rat Race by Nancy Whitney-Reiter (Sentient, 2008, print)
A manual for disconnecting and going on sabbatical.

The Career Break Traveler’s Handbook By Jeffrey Jung (Full Flight Press, 2012, Kindle and print)
Tools for dreaming, planning and taking the trip of a lifetime.

Your Career Break: The ‘How to’ Guide By Sue Hadden (AuthorHouse, 2013, Kindle and print)
Career break stories, reasons, and planning advice.

The Gap-year Guidebook: Everything You Need to Know About Taking a Year Out By Jonathan Barnes (John Catt Educational, 2013, Kindle)
Advice for taking a year out to volunteer, study, or work in the UK or abroad.

Gap Year for Grown Ups By Susan Griffith (Crimson, 2011, print)
Guide for professionals and mature travelers planning to take a gap year or career break.

Briefcase to Backpack
Offering Americans inspiration and travel advice for taking career breaks or sabbaticals.
Website that includes information on sabbaticals, information for employers and employees, and toolkits.

How to Take a Career Break to Travel By Alexis Grant
A guide to taking a career break, from overcoming obstacles and doubts, planning, logistics, and reentry.
Online advice on how to diplomatically quit your job, sample resignation letters, discussion boards about quitting, tips on finding a new job.

Digital nomads and location independent employment

Head in the Clouds: The Location Independent Office By Phil Byrne (Amazon, 2012, Kindle)
Guide to utilizing tools and techniques to work remotely from anywhere in the world.

Alexis Grant’s Blog
Make your own luck in your career and life. Blog features newsletter, guides and courses.

This service allows remote desktop access from any internet-connected computer or mobile device

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss (Harmony, 2009, Kindle and print)
A definitive “lifestyle design” bestseller that promotes the idea of working less and living more.

The Blog of Tim Ferriss: Experiments in Lifestyle Design
Tim Ferriss’s blog on a wide variety of lifestyle optimization topics.

Location Independent
A website promoting the art of living and working from anywhere in the world you choose.

The Nu Nomad
A network for living and working remotely.

Thrilling Heroics
Cody McKibben’s website bears the warning Reading this site may cause you to quit your job and start doing things that will make your friends and family think you’re crazy (and wonder why you hadn’t started sooner).

Advanced Riskology
Tyler Tervooren’s blog on better living through uncertainty.

The Friendly Anarchist
Fabian Kruse’s blog on location independence and lifestyle design.

the middle finger project
Ash Ambirge’s blog on Doing busy and life differently and having way more fun than the neighbors

Location independent job resources

64 Ways Location Independent People Earn a Living
List of 64 location independent career opportunities.

NuNomad Job Board
Listing of links to many location independent jobs boards and resources.

Freelance Folder
Resources for freelancers including a blog, forums, books and job board.

Freelance Switch
Community of expert freelancers from around the world including job board, blog, forums and directory.

A website where companies find, hire, manage and pay location-independent contractors online

Freelancer job board.

Rent A Coder
Job board for coders.

Resources for remote work opportunities, buying and selling items, meeting people, finding housing, etc.

Finding jobs and careers overseas

Work Your Way Around the World: The Globetrotter’s Bible By Susan Griffith (Crimson, 2012, print)
Includes first-hand accounts from people who have done the jobs and a country-by-country guide of opportunities.

Overseas Digest
Employment tips and cross-cultural information for Americans working abroad.

Transitions Abroad’s International Careers Listing
Extensive rundown of links, resources and articles about finding work overseas.

ESL teaching resources

Dave’s ESL Cafe
One of the oldest and most useful Internet resources for overseas English teachers and job seekers. Includes discussion forums and job listings.

The World is a Class: How and Why to Teach English Around the World, by Caleb Powell (Good Cheer Publications, 2002, print)
A short book with relevant information for teaching English in locations worldwide.

Teaching English Abroad: A Fresh and Fully Up-to-Date Guide to Teaching English Around the World, by Susan Griffith (Crimson Publishing, 2009, print)
ESL teaching employment reference, with a slant toward UK citizens.

Transitions Abroad’s Teaching English Overseas
Extensive rundown of links, resources and articles about teaching English overseas.

ESL Job Feed
An eclectic source of English teaching and related job positions available on the Internet.

ESL Job Find
An online source for ESL jobs and other opportunities worldwide. A place where schools and English teachers can find each other. Mostly covers opportunities in China and other parts of Asia.
Online resources for English-language teaching professionals.

TeacherPort provides an easy way for teachers and new graduates to find teaching jobs abroad.

Communication resources

Free and low cost video and voice calls over an internet connection.

Phone service that works anywhere with a high-speed Internet connection.

This tool allows users to record, play and convert voice communications held over the Internet. Can be used for podcasting, online journalism and business.

Travel safety

U.S. State Department Travel Warnings
State Department Consular Information Sheets are available for every country of the world, describing national entry requirements, currency regulations, unusual health conditions, the crime and security situations, political disturbances, and areas of instability. In the event of a specific and current danger in a country, a special “Travel Warning” is posted alongside the consular information.

“A Safe Trip Abroad” Online Tip sheet
Available online, this Department of State tip sheet has good, basic information for keeping out of danger overseas. Included are tips for staying safe from pickpockets and general crime, as well as political violence and terrorism. Online links lead to specific tips heets on travel to the Caribbean, Central and South America, China, Mexico, the Middle East, Russia, and South Asia.

U.S. State Department Travel Registration
Travel registration is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. Registration allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad that the Department of State can use to assist you in case of an emergency.

Travel Wise: How to Be Safe, Savvy and Secure Abroad, by Ray S. Leki (Intercultural Press, 2008, Kindle and print)
Insights and practical advice to help travelers develop the right attitude, the right training, and the right approach for a successful journey.

The World’s Most Dangerous Places, by Robert Young Pelton (Collins Resource, 2003, print)
An extensive guide to the danger zones of the world, by journalist Robert Pelton. This book evaluates the danger factor in destinations around the globe (including the United States), as well as providing relevant historical, cultural and geographical information. “The message is that travel can be dangerous if you want it to be and it can be very safe if you want it to be,” writes Pelton. “Even in a war zone.”

Come Back Alive
Where professionals, adventurers, travelers and those who work and travel in high-risk areas can keep abreast of the latest information and safety tips.

Corporate Travel Safety
130 pages of travel safety tips that can be useful to any traveler. Topics involve luggage theft, avoiding pickpockets, laptop theft, and hotel burglary.