There are so many wonderful books about planning a sabbatical. Here is a sampling of some of our favorites, to get you started on planning your next sabbatical, research trip, extended time off or pleasure travel!
Home Exchanging: Your Guide to Enjoying Free Vacation Accommodations!
Sandra Pearson has enjoyed different cultures, foods, and lifestyles around the world—and she wants to help you do the same. Pearson is well aware that accommodation costs can consume the lion’s share of one’s travel budget, but that doesn’t mean you should become “vacation deprived”. You deserve to enjoy seeing the world! Her informative e-book will teach you how to best stretch your travel dollars: Home Exchanging: Your Guide to Enjoying Free Vacation Accommodations!
Reduce Travel Costs with Home Exchanging
Pearson explains how to significantly reduce accommodation costs by arranging a home exchange. The basic home exchange entails offering your vacant home in exchange for a visit in the home of another person. Vacation rentals can be off-timed exchanges, or one-way rentals. Not to worry if this sounds confusing, Pearson describes in detail the different iterations of home exchanging and vacation rentals in her book.
Common questions and concerns are also answered, such as: how to make your home unique and attractive to potential guests, gaining exposure by listing online, what to include in your description and pictures, and how to determine a fair rental price.
Home Rental and Exchange Tips for Hosts and Guests
Pearson wants you to succeed, whether you will be the host or guest. For hosts, she recommends putting your best effort forward to make your home welcoming. For example: provide essentials, communicate clearly, and eliminate clutter. Logistical tips are aplenty too, from removing valuables/personally identifiable information to payment and insurance advice. Pearson’s enthusiasm for facilitating travel is evident in this handy book.
This book will help you understand and enjoy the numerous benefits of home exchanging and rentals (it is also available on amazon.com. Be sure to check out Pearson’s special guest post on our blog: What Shade of “Green” is Your Home Swap? She also provides weekly posts full of great tips for both the host and guest on her own home exchange blog.
Escape 101: Sabbaticals Made Simple
Escape 101 provides a financially savvy sabbatical road map. From budgeting for the sabbatical to helping you set up your travels, this book is a great read for anyone thinking about taking a sabbatical.
Enjoy reading about “the four secrets to taking a career break without losing your money or your mind”!
The Family Sabbatical Handbook: The Budget Guide to Living Abroad with your Family
by Elisa Bernick (2007)
This book includes detailed advice about everything from sabbatical locations and finances to packing and preparations, vaccinations and visas, foreign schools, bilingual vs. immersion education, long-distance communication, medical care abroad, coping with homesickness, cultural differences, visitors, growing together as a family, returning to the States, and much, much more.