I am back to a work schedule that more closely mirrors that of the majority of people in the United States: 5 days and 40+ hours a week. Fortunately, I get to do this while living on a subtropical island on the edge of Everglades National Park. I will be here until the end of April, recharging my road weary batteries and reloading the bank account before heading back to Spain for another mini-retirement.
Just taking a career break or sabbatical for six months would allow you to travel the equivalent of the average American’s 13 years of vacation time (at two weeks per year), and a one-year sabbatical would be equal to 26 years worth of travel and vacation.
Ryan Shauers in Big Travel, Small Budget: How to Travel More, Spend Less, and See the World
Life is short, and there is no guarantee any one of us will make it to that mythical day when we can use our hard-earned savings to take the trip of our dreams. Besides, even if we do, by the time retirement rolls around our bodies might not be in the optimal condition to get the most out of it. Myself and many others are by-passing the traditional route and spreading out retirement over the course of our lifetime, taking advantage of doing things now instead of waiting for a far-flung someday.
So ask yourself, what are you waiting for? What is 13 to 26 years worth of vacation worth to you?