Vagabonding in one of the best sabbatical books written. First, forget about the strange title, the book is much better. Forget about the word "vagabo...moreVagabonding in one of the best sabbatical books written. First, forget about the strange title, the book is much better. Forget about the word "vagabonding" and what is potentially means. The fact is that Potts deals with all potential issues of long-term travel. He lists tremendous resources, and offers down-to-earth advice through inspiring case studies. He asks the right questions about what you should do with your life. I just love this book, in particular its slightly philosophical touch enhanced by famous quotes while firmly being grounded in reality. Potts deals with how to behave while traveling, how to get the most out of it, and how to preserve the benefits when your return. His "tip sheets" on online and other resources are focused, helpful, and with a reason given why he selected them for you. I also liked his lists of spiritual readings and his tips for seniors and families. Overall, a densely packed book for anybody considering travel as part of their sabbatical, whether you have travel experience or not. I recommend readers in my career guide - The Gift of Job Loss - to read this book.(less)
The books deals with a small family from Texas; the parents took their children on an unforgettable world trip. If you like detailed travelogues, this...moreThe books deals with a small family from Texas; the parents took their children on an unforgettable world trip. If you like detailed travelogues, this one is for you. You can nicely follow their journey and enjoy their experiences. The writing was sometimes a bit flat, though. For a seasoned global traveler, the family's choice of some destinations appears a bit odd - but nobody can argue with the excitement of taking your kids on such an amazing trip overall. If you have a family and are dreaming about long-term travel, World Trek should inspire you to get closer to your own family trip. It could be shorter than the trip of the Fishers and still be very rewarding. One added bonus is Appendix A. Fisher gives detailed information how the family planned and budgeted for the trip. This real life example might be a good complement to any more theoretical books on sabbaticals you might read. (less)
Kravitz used his unemployment to catch up with life in a very special way. He addressed the "wrongs" he did in the past, finished things he started, a...moreKravitz used his unemployment to catch up with life in a very special way. He addressed the "wrongs" he did in the past, finished things he started, and in general used one year off "trying to do the right things". In other words, he used his time strategically for things important to him, things he had forgotten about and had not been able to do during employment. I liked his story, because it shows how you can turn the trauma of unemployment into something meaningful. In my career book on job loss, I recommend readers to take a close look at Kravitz's account. (less)
Slow Love will be your cup of tea, if you like reading emotional, though uplifting personal stories. Browning's story of using her time of unemploymen...moreSlow Love will be your cup of tea, if you like reading emotional, though uplifting personal stories. Browning's story of using her time of unemployment is about the personal ups and downs, the discovery of beauty of life after the center of life - a big job - was history. She gives emotional accounts of moving out of her family house and other personal stories. Her history might interest you if you define your life mainly by your work and wonder what you would do if you lose this anchor. Browning openly shares her feeling about the dramatic change of being an important business woman for years, and suddenly waking up as somebody looking for meaning outside work. In my recently published career book on how to cope with job loss, I encourage readers to check out Browning's book for its motivational value. While the book was a bit boring to read, the inspirational value is certainly there - whether you are afraid of losing your job or have recently lost it. (less)
If you are seriously considering leaving Corporate America, McNeal II's book is a great start to explore where you stand in your current job vs. where...moreIf you are seriously considering leaving Corporate America, McNeal II's book is a great start to explore where you stand in your current job vs. where you want to go. McNeal II's book goes deep. He shows you how to get to the point of living with a purpose and with happiness. Caught Between a Dream and a Job tries to help you bridge your current situation with your business dream. The book allows for much soul-searching. McNeal II has a religious touch, though he is non-intrusive. The book is very practical, has nice "to-do" summaries, and many self-tests. It connects well with the reader and avoids the loftiness of many other self-help books. I love the part in which McNeal II makes you think about the ten items that should be on your tombstone, thereby forcing you to think about purpose in your life. If you are still employed or are about to be let go, this book makes for a great read to help you start the right course. In my recently published career book on job loss, I highly recommend Caught Between a Dream and a Job for anybody facing the strategic decision of whether or not to leave Corporate America. (less)
Great little booklet. It is long on tips and descriptions of places and hikes (incl. a star rating), and short on fluff. When we planned our trip to B...moreGreat little booklet. It is long on tips and descriptions of places and hikes (incl. a star rating), and short on fluff. When we planned our trip to Big Bend, this book gave us all the information we needed. Of course, if you go hiking, you need to a get a real map from National Geographic or at least the map from the National Park at the park's entrance, but other than that, you are ready to go! As a plus, the Big Bend Guide fits neatly into your pocket. (less)
"Time and the Art of Living" is a marvelous book. Grudin's book contains hundreds of little paragraphs full of musings and thoughts on time; what time...more"Time and the Art of Living" is a marvelous book. Grudin's book contains hundreds of little paragraphs full of musings and thoughts on time; what time means for us and what is should mean for us. He analyzes time from various angles: how time relates to love, politics, age, morality and everything else important in our lives. He shows us how we are deceived by our subjective perception of time and held hostage by it. This book is so rich and thought provoking, you have to read it slowly. You need to take breaks to contemplate its meaning. Take a pen and mark the important messages for you, of which there will be many.
In my recently published career guide for people facing job loss, "The Gift of Job Loss", I recommend Grudin's book as an absolute must-read. Time is our most precious asset in life. We don't know how much we will have of it before we pass on. Grudin helps you and me optimize our time. (less)