Taking a sabbatical from your place of work to go and travel has become a lot more acceptable in recent years then it used to be. Companies tend to view a sabbatical more favourably, acknowledging the fact that employees can learn valuable skills from the experience, such as learning new languages and developing other social skills. So here we will have a look at the 3 key reasons why you should take a sabbatical and travel.
Meeting people that inspire you…
It’s very likely that when you are on the road you will meet other travellers who will naturally inspire you and make you see the possibilities open in your life.
Perhaps it’s someone you meet in your guesthouse who is travelling by motorbike around the world over a few years, or perhaps it’s a couple who are permanently on the road travelling through teaching English or doing online writing work for an income. These types of people will give you a new outlook of the possibilities in your own life and will make you reflect on whether you would like to do something similar, or maybe it will inspire you to change your career path and lifestyle so that you are happier with what you are doing with your life.
You may regret not doing it in the future…
If you have always wanted to travel but have never got around to it, you may well not have the opportunity to do it ever again, and there is nothing worse then getting older and finding yourself cursing yourself and having a heavy burden of regret hanging on your shoulders. No one really knows what life will throw at them in the future, so doing as much as you possibly can to tick off your bucket list in the present is incredibly important to long-term happiness. So if you have always dreamed of seeing Macchu Pichu in Peru, or seeing Lions in Africa, there is no better time than the present. Take your opportunities to travel while you are still young and healthy.
Experiencing the world…
Travelling in vastly different cultures and experiencing problems like poverty and endemic corruption will really teach you some life lessons about how the world really works. And it is often a huge contrast to what we are told in the media and in school. On the other hand, travelling has the habit of making you see just how kind and friendly most people are, even if they live in poverty. In fact, it’s often true that those who have little material possessions and live in poverty are the most friendly and the most charitable people in the world.
It’s very likely that these experiences will make you question more when you return to your own country, which is undoubtedly a good thing!
So here we have 3 key reasons you should travel if you have the opportunity to take a sabbatical. It will genuinely mould you into a much better person, and you will not find yourself regretting that you didn’t do it when you find yourself approaching retirement.