In 2017, my husband and I embarked on a six-month career break from our Miami life to Buenos Aires (BA), Argentina. We quit our jobs, sold most of our stuff, rented our apartment, said "goodbye" to our family and friends, and headed to South America. We were overwhelmed by our pace of life in Miami and wanted space and time to dream, rest, enjoy one another, and grow in our faith. We slept, we read, we traveled, we ate, we drank, we enjoyed. It was an exhilarating experience and one we would like to repeat sooner rather than later. These six months changed our world.
Our career break rocked our world. We moved back home to Miami, looked for remote work, sold our apartment and most of our stuff and in a years time, moved back to Argentina. This afforded us the freedom and flexibility to travel without the constraints of being tied to a physical office. You might be reading this and thinking, "Oh I wish I could do that," or, "I could never do that." But I say, "yes, you can!" I'm not going to say that it's going to be easy, but it's certainly not impossible. You have to want it more than you want your stuff, your upward mobility, your career, some non-essential relationships and your "stability" (I put stability in quotes, because our job and stuff sometimes gives us a false sense of stability). Making our career break a reality took time, sacrifice, and loads of planning. However, in 10 months, we saved enough money to live and enjoy it without working. We also saved money for four months of expenses for our return to the US. If you are interested in learning more about what it would take to go on a career break, I recommend Escape 101: The Four Secrets to Taking a Sabbatical or Career Break Without Losing Your Money or Your Mind by Dan Clements and Tara Gignac.