Considering a Sabbatical?


Need a little inspiration and guidance?

I get a lot of email from folks asking for more details about things related to moving to Spain including how we got the courage to up and do it.

Late last year Lisa Hoashi was kind enough to interview me about our inspiration, fears, and other advice I’d give families considering taking a sabbatical.  You can find my responses to this and more over at her site.

Another related post can be found over at where they have Spain cost data in addition to a Living Expense Calculator.  You’ll also find some blurbs from other bloggers (including yours truly) as to some of the most surprising revelations we had after moving to Spain.

Other Helpful Resources

I’d also like to give a shout out to for awarding us an honorable mention to their list of Best Spain Expat Blogs.

The Top 10 are there for a reason and put out really great, informational stuff.  So if you are considering a move to Spain and need some more data points, you can’t go wrong perusing their list.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Andalusia is so well represented.

Lastly, I’m also honored to be on Pensions for Europe’s list of Best Blogs on Spanish Expat Life along with several of my favorite resources too.

6 thoughts on “Considering a Sabbatical?”

  1. Congratulations on your honorable mention for Spain Expat blog. Not a surprise to us as we think you tell it like it is, was, and with clarity! Great job.

  2. It’s too bad more folks don’t take sabbaticals. My wife took 2 (5 weeks and then later 3 months) toward the end of her career and it was a very rewarding experience. It was also great to test out early retirement before actually pulling the plug.

    Another friend gets a 1 month sabbatical every 5 years. He loves it and can’t wait to take it every time it comes up.

    1. Yeah, kudos to those companies and institutions that recognize their value (I’d argue to both themselves and their employees) and offer them. Otherwise you may be on your own to make it happen. Either way, if you feel it is something you need to do, you owe it to yourself to make it happen!

  3. Hey Jed – are there any good websites you could recommend for perusing the inventory of apartments for rent in Granada? We are moving there in a couple weeks and I’ve been checking out but wondering if there’s another good one (or few) that I should be watching as well. We have a vacation rental lined up for the first 2 weeks, but are looking for a 6-month rental beyond that.

    1. Hi Kate,
      I’d hit up Bianca over at her site to see if she knows of any availability. I’d also hit up the usual shorter-term vacation sites (homeaway, Airbnb, etc) to see if anyone is interested in a long-term rental. Other than that, maybe get here and use your first 2 weeks to hit the ground walking. I feel like I see a lot of signs in windows around here that might not be listed online anywhere. Good luck!

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