A few years ago, our family, like many others, had a vague sense that the best of life was slipping away and we were powerless to do anything about it. There was simply never enough time or psychic space for us or anyone we knew to savor the good lives, the marriages, the children that we were all working so hard to make. It began to sink in that we would never find this time unless we created it for ourselves. So after a lot of discussion, we quit our jobs and took what we called a “family sabbatical” to distinguish it from a mere break or vacation. We leased our house in St. Paul, Minnesota and used the monthly rental income, along with $35,000 in savings, to live without working for 18 months abroad with our kids. We didn’t know a soul in the city we moved to. We couldn’t speak the language. We weren’t sure our money would last. And we’d never traveled with our children for anything longer than a two-week family vacation. But we decided to leave everything else up to chance and see where the adventure took us. Quite honestly, it’s one of the best decisions our family ever made.
The Family Sabbatical Handbook: The Budget Guide to Living Abroad With Your Children is your guide to making the same thing happen for your family. It’s an invaluable resource for families searching for a way to live more intensely and creatively as a family; how to forge the kind of elusive, intimate bonds that seem the very promise of being a family, but which in this culture are extremely difficult to achieve. This adventure changed our family forever. The Family Sabbatical Handbook can help you do the same for yours.