A Sign (in the Times)

Posted on: Friday, October 15th, 2010
Posted in: Blog | 3 comments

DSCN0560_2How do you know when an idea or movement is taking off? One measure might be a big, meaty article in the New York Times.  Or, better yet, the Sunday Times!  

That’s precisely what will happen for the Career Break cause on Sunday, October 17, when this piece, Making the Dream Trip a Reality, hits the stands in the NYT Travel section.

In it, author Susan Stellin writes:  

It’s a dream anyone with a passport fantasizes about once in a while: ditching everything to travel the world for a year, or at least long enough to forget about office life.”

The article goes on to discuss the possibilities and pitfalls, and quotes several members of our MeetPlanGo tribe.  It’s available online now, if you’re curious (or not a NYT subscriber) and has already amassed dozens of comments, from the encouraging…

…do it, Do It, DO IT! We saved for years, planned for months, and have never been happier. We feel younger, healthier and more in love with life than we could have imagined. Hey, you only live once, right?”

to the downright skeptical and cynical…

Nice idea, but there’s no way I would quit my job at 51 and take the risk of long-term unemployment when I return. Likewise with selling my apartment. This just doesn’t mesh with responsible retirement planning unless, of course, you have the ingenious idea to operate seminars on traveling the world that people will pay you for.”

I left my own long comment, of course, espousing my “seize the breakaway” philosophy, which I’ve been living for the last 20 years…  

Considering yourself blessed may be the first step to breaking away. Another is to watch for the right timing, as one comment noted.

Lose your job? It happens, so why not be ready and use that break. Had a good business year or got a bonus? Trust the fates and ride away on that windfall. Planning a family but want to run wild before offspring tie you down? Go!

Visit friends and family overseas. Caretake in the Caribbean. Home-school while island-hopping. Housesit in Oslo while that family is on holiday. Frankly, there are countless ways to run away–and kind souls eager to help you.”

Harboring your own wanderlust or getaway dream?  I invite you to check out the article.  Pass it around.  And post a comment of your own.  If you’re a seeker (or a believer), help us make this kind of work-life flexibility and freedom mainstream–or at least a more visible and valid lifestyle choice.

Finally, I’d like to shout out a special congrats to my new friend and compatriot Sherry Ott (and her partners at Briefcase to Backpack) for scoring this nice piece of press–and galvanizing a movement whose time has finally come.

Full speed ahead!

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3 Responses to “A Sign (in the Times)”

  1. Sherry Ott Says:

    Thanks for sharing the article Kirk! I actually tried not to read some of the comments on the NY Times website but I supposed I better get thick skin if I’m leading a movement that many will never understand!! The important thing is that there are people out there who do ‘get it’…and I’m happy that I found one of them in you!

  2. barbara pagano Says:

    Yeah Kirk, for digging out the pro-and-con comments on the NY Times Article. Actually, we hold a lot of CEO’s hands as the sabbatical program is implemented in his/her company. And, we must acknowledge that choosing to take a sabbatical is not as easy as it sounds sometimes. It’s hard for some to trust the outcomes will be positive.

    But once experienced, people AND companies find ultimate benefits in developing, talent and agility for future success.

    Appreciate your own philosophy! Great post.

  3. khorsted Says:

    Thanks, friends. Sherry, just enjoy the buzzkill comments on the NYT article; they suggest that big breaks are not for everybody–yet the believers will go far. Barbara, thanks for holding the hands of CEOs; they hold the keys to many futures. Let us carry on!

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