What is a sabbatical?

Let me just quote wikipedia on the term:

Sabbatical is a rest from work, or a break, often lasting from two months to a year. The conceptual of sabbatical has a source in shmita, described in several places in the Bible (Leviticus 25, for example, where there is a commandment to desist from working the fields in the seventh year). In the strict sense, therefore, a sabbatical lasts a year.



Why am I having a sabbatical?

For everybody who has read the definition and knows me, it should be obvious by now. Nevertheless, I want to add some background details to support a better understanding. After completing my education and graduating as a multimedia designer, I immediately started to work. Thanks to my prospering employer, great team, lots of interesting projects and challenges I could grow personally and professionally. I never seriously thought about something like a career, when suddenly my 10 years anniversary was on the table. Up to this moment, I was living and working in the same region where I grew up. Besides the regular holiday and countless weekend trips, I have never been abroad for a longer period of time. My sabbatical is all about to change this settled lifestyle.


What am I doing on my sabbatical?

The most important thing during my sabbatical is the variety of experiences. My priorities are to visit different locations, learn about foreign cultures and meet interesting people. For obvious reasons this implies a lot of travel. It would be great to spend a fair amount of time on each continent, while passing by diverse areas. Moreover, I am actively looking for personal connections for every possible situation: friends for life, dance and travel buddies, cultural exchange, professional collaboration. In the end it would also be highly desirable to engage in some social projects. In fact, I have already started to prepare and accomplish these goals.