Let's have some help here, please, people

By neilb@uk ·
Out of the blue I've just received an email saying that I've become eligible for a paid-leave sabbatical that I can take next year. Under the terms that I joined my current employer it would seem that my previous term of employment has been taken into account and I'm due a one-off sabbatical of seven weeks or eight if I leave it until 2010.

I find that I've worked for eight years for an organisation that has only existed for four years but who's complaining?

I can do whatever I like with it.

So, what should I do with it?

What would YOU do?


The only downside (and it's not really a biggie for me) is that if I voluntarily leave my job within a year of taking that sabbatical, I have to reimburse them for the pay.

Edited to add "please"

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Eight weeks: long enough to grow a beard, but

by robo_dev In reply to Let's have some help here ...

not quite long enough to forget completely about work.

South of France?
Virgin Islands?

I would be torn between living in a sunburned drunken stupor on a beach somewhere or engaging in some high-adrenaline pursuit such as car racing, skydiving, or driving on the A62.

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Build a vacation home

by mjd420nova In reply to Let's have some help here ...

If given 8 weeks off, I could go to my tax land in Ontario and build a nicer, larger vacation home. With two months of advance notice I could get a delivery scheduled for the material needed to put up a 1200 square foot garage/home kit to replace the 600 square foot one now in place. This would mean a lot of work but would surely take my mind off of work here at home and I might even decide to chuck it all and stay there.

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World Tour

by NotSoChiGuy In reply to Let's have some help here ...

Make a list of 10 or so cities you'd like to see, and make plans to spend a couple of days in each. See an opera in Rome, take a rickshaw ride in Shanghai, eat Sushi in Tokyo, etc.

When I was younger, my mentor/foster father took me on such a trip. I was still too young to fully appreciate it, but it did leave a lasting impression. Especially seeing peoples from around the world who were a lot worse off than I was (I grew up rough...and seeing this was a motivator).

When my kids are old enough, I intend to take them on a 'Archaeological Expedition'...Mexico, Egypt, Italy and china are the intended destinations.

That's my 2 cents. At any rate, enjoy the time off when you take it!!!

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So many choices

by JamesRL In reply to Let's have some help here ...

Education - find something you want to dive into and take a course or two.

Charity - find some group you like, and travel to Africa/Asia to help out.

Travel - See the world, or at least parts of it.

In just over a year I will be with a choir in Austria and Prague. Plan on attending a concert in Salzburg.


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Wow, 7 weeks off?

by w2ktechman In reply to Let's have some help here ...

you must be easily replaceable :0

Sorry, I could not resist.

It all depends on what your hobbies are. Whatever you decide to do, make it 'out of the ordinary' and enjoy a good experience.

whether to climb the Alps or parachute over shark infested waters, its all your choice :)

Heck, even going town to town and visiting old friends for a few days at a time may be a good exp..

Whatever the case, 7 weeks of drunkenness can alter your state of mind about your employer, right?

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What are your own *personal* constraints?

by gadgetgirl In reply to Let's have some help here ...

Do you have enough saved up to do a small/medium/large/full out tour?

Do you have any reasons to stay in the UK for two months? (prior appointments/weddings/Mum etc.)

If you want to go travelling - do it. You'll never get another seven or eight weeks paid leave. Try to leave it till next year, and add your annual leave to it if you can (worth asking)

If you want to travel (how big is your suitcase, and would I fit in it?! ) think about ways you could do this - funnily enough, I was just reading this at lunch time.....

(cheap flights board on the home page, too)

If you don't fancy travelling (if not, why not?! ) make sure you find something else that you feel is worthy of using this time on This is a one-off chance (probably) and you don't want to waste it.

Is there anything you'd like to do that you've never had the time to? Take a photography course? (no, you don't need to!), climb a mountain, learn something totally new (flying?)

It sounds like you have lots of time to decide and plan this, so take your time and make sure you make the right decision for you. You know where your sounding board is if you need her......!


Nah. No good. Gotta do it.

(flip. New filter just docked me 5 points.....)

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Time for a Bucket List!!!

by DadsPad In reply to Let's have some help here ...

Not that you are anywhere near expiring soon! But listing things you absolutely want to do before you die is a serious endevor.

I know, girls have the To Do lists: Things I want to do before I am 30, or married or retire, etc. But Bucket Lists are manly. So get that bucket out and thinking cap (just be careful not to kick it), and make that list up. Then with list in hand and 8 paid weeks, see how many you can check off.

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Second that...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Time for a Bucket List!!!

our time here is short. Do something that is - or will be soon - on your 'bucket list'.

So Dad, was that a good movie? Looks like it would be.

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I keep redoing my Bucket List

by DadsPad In reply to Second that...

A lot of it I cannot do anymore! Like be 30 again.

Sorry, did not see the movie, don't seem to see many movies lately, maybe that will pick up later. It did sound good, though!

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Seriously consider

by Ethical_Loner In reply to Let's have some help here ...

Considering all the whining companies are doing regarding business costs, unless you work for the government, I would seriously consider just how long this company is going to remain in business at that rate.

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