Posted by: Marco | February 16, 2011

Top 10 Reasons to Take Off

Here are our top ten reasons why you should make plans to take a mini-retirement*!

  1. Au revoir rat-race
    • What would you do with more time?
    • Read more?
    • Sleep more?
    • Exercise more?
    • Paint? Take photos?
  2. Bonjour “bucket list”
    • Visit the Taj Mahal
    • Hike to Machu Picchu
    • Build a timber-frame cabin
    • Write a book
    • See “David” in Florence
  3. Here’s your chance to volunteer for a cause
  4. Hello focused savings
    Been putting money aside, but don’t really know why?
    Have a focus and a goal for your savings

  5. Leaving for a while?…then de-clutter your house
    • This is the perfect time to get rid of the junk that is cluttering up your basement storage
    • Sell unused kids toys and the $$ goes to the kids trip money
    • Thin out your wardrobe and donate the rest
    • Lighten your load and feel great
  6. Travel beyond the tourist areas
    • Really get to know an area by living there for a month or three
    • Do a long distance hike
    • Cycle across Canada
    • Do a round-the-world trip
    • Live in another country
  7. Come back refreshed and ready to work
    • Revitalize your career by coming back with a new perspective on life
    • Share your experiences….inspire others to take a mini-retirement
  8. Learn a new skill & travel to where they invented it:
    • Make curry in India
    • Paraglide in France
    • Tae Kwon Do in Korea
    • Surf in Hawaii
  9. Re-evaluate your priorities
    • Do you want to go back to the old ways?
    • Follow your dreams
  10. Experience another culture
    • Learn another language
    • Try new foods
    • Learn new sports or pastimes
    • Immerse yourself


For families, here are three bonus reasons for taking a year off:

  1. Spend quality time with your family
    • Eat together, read together, play together, laugh together
    • No constant chauffeuring, grabbing meals on the run…
  2. See the world through your kids’ eyes
  3. Kids learn by seeing and doing!
    • Let them see and do

Carpe annum,


* In The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss says “the mini-retirement entails relocating to one place for one to six months before going home or moving to another locale. It is the anti-vacation in the most positive sense.”


  1. and here I am heading into two weeks of absolute madness at work. Now I’m really depresesed!

  2. I am totally with you… I will be taking full advantage of an upcoming sabbatical.. Glad to see you making the most of all it has to offer.

  3. You’ve got that right! But I’ll do you one better. How about total retirement? It has been a great eight years so far–as long as the money and our health hold out.
    Your Papa

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