Book Review: The Family Sabbatical Handbook

Since I’m already daydreaming about James’s sabbatical (7 years away!) and other, shorter, trips before then, when I saw this at the library I grabbed it.

The book is well written and practical, with lists, resource tips, and lots of great information about what to consider and how to prepare. But it was also inspirational. Bernick and her family moved to a small city in Mexico for 18 months and it cost $35,000. They didn’t work (though Bernick is a freelance writer and did a few assignments) and spent tons of time with their young children. Both of them learned a lot about another culture and learned to speak Spanish fluently.

I don’t think that this is anywhere near term for us, but it was fun to read about how another family made this kind of thing work.


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