Sometimes, a week of vacation isn’t enough when you feel like a post-wildfire forest. If you’re feeling burned out at your day job, it might be time to evaluate a sabbatical.
If you’ve dreamed of traveling the world as a photographer, a sabbatical can help you decide if the digital nomad lifestyle is right for you. As a photographer, it may give you some much needed time to turn your camera hobby into an occupation. A sabbatical is traditionally a year long, but six weeks to six months is a fairly realistic range to consider.
Coming to you from the photo-snapping, globetrotting duo, the Vagabrothers share their insights on how you can set yourself up for a longterm trip. It’s really special to see brothers who share a passion for travel and visual arts. We’ll see if I can convince my twin brother to hit the road.
The video title highlights quitting your job, but I found the opening points the most compelling, and they have nothing to do with turning in your notice:
- Introspect. Spend some time journaling to understand why you want to quit. Heading into a trip aimlessly is a recipe for disappointment and a financial mess when you get back.
- Remove obstacles. What is holding you back from some time on the road? We often hold ourselves back due to illogical expectations. Make sure you recognize and outwit the cognitive biases that influence your reasoning.
- Set expectations. What do you want to get out of your time away? Articulate why it will enhance your life.
- Set goals. Are you going to investigate a risky career switch? Invest in some hobbies? Whatever you decide, make it count by setting concrete goals. For example, if you want to turn your travel photography into an occupation, set genre and learning goals so you can improve with intentionality.
Have you taken a sabbatical to travel the world? Did you take your camera with you?