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I’m excited to announce our official move out date: January 26th! I’m so happy to finally begin our sabbatical year of nomadic world travel, and hopefully get to hang out with you in person.

We won’t have a house or car, and we’ve sold a lot of our other possessions as well. Everything we’ll use for the next year will fit in a backpack.

While we have some specific places in mind we’d like to visit, we also want to connect with people. I’ll keep you posted on any meetups in a city near you.

But beyond meetups, a number of people have reached out to actually offer us a place to stay—which is incredible!

The only problem is, I’ve had a hard time keeping track of the various comments and messages from people offering us a place to stay in various cities. So I came up with a solution:

If you want to have us stay with you during 2020, you can visit the Host Us page to fill out a form so we know how to get in touch. That way, I’ll know how to reach you if I’m in your city.

Laci and I would love to hang out with you!

Lastly, I genuinely want to know: what questions do you have for me?

Feel free to get in touch. What type of things do you want me to share? What are you interested in? What things would you like to see? I want to hear from you.

Episode Transcript

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Sean: Hey, my name’s Sean McCabe from sabbatical.blog and I am a recovering workaholic. It’s true. I used to work way too much, 16, 17, 18 hours a day, seven days a week. Did that for the better part of 10 years. And it wasn’t good. It wasn’t healthy. I didn’t have friends, everyone that I would have called a friend, they were on payroll.

[00:00:26] You know, they were just working and I let my relationships go to the wayside. My physical health wasn’t active. It was bad news. And the thing that turned everything around for me was sabbaticals. I was inspired by this idea of taking off a year every seventh year, which is something that professors will do.

[00:00:49] Teachers will do, you know, as a way to research their next book or do some writing, do some traveling. And I thought, that’s a pretty cool idea, but I need something more immediate. Right now I’m burning myself out. I’ve got to come up with some solution. I’m just like, all on or all off. I don’t know any other way to be.

[00:01:07] So I thought, what if I take off every seventh week? So I do these seventh week sabbaticals where I’ll work six weeks and then take off the seventh week. So in 2014 I started doing this, and it’s been a game changer, not only for me, but I would also pay my employees to take off every seventh week. So this has been really, really awesome.

[00:01:29] It’s just been such a heartbeat of the company that I run called Sean Wes. So Shawn west.com is a community for creative professionals. but then more recently, I started sabbatical.blog. Now, why did I start sabbatical.blog. Well, I wanted a place where I could talk about sabbaticals, but I also wanted a place where I could document something cool that I’m doing.

[00:01:54] So back in 2016 I thought, you know what, these seventh weeks of articles are going so well. I think I’m gonna, I’m going to do the seventh year thing. I’m going to try this out. So 2020 is my first sabbatical year. Taking off the entire year. Now the plan was to start January 1st I was going to take off the full calendar year.

[00:02:19]but things didn’t go exactly according to plan. You know, my wife had some health issues and stuff, and so it’s not exactly what we planned, but we do have an official move out date. We’re moving out of our house on January 26th so we won’t have a house. We won’t have a car. And I’ve been. Selling, not quite all of our possessions, but a lot of things on eBay and local marketplaces and stuff.

[00:02:46]w what we have left, we’ll go into storage. but yeah, we’re just gonna do a full year of purely nomadic travel, which is very exciting. Also a little bit. man, I don’t know what to expect, you know, I think it’s going to be awesome, but. It’s also, it’s so strange, like not having an office that I walk into or, you know, just my own bedroom, my own pillow.

[00:03:11]we’re going to be living out of a backpack for a year, just nomadic traveling all across the world. And the next update, I, they, my next, my next recording, I’m going to tell you where we’re going to start, where we’re going. Some of our ideas for locations and stuff, which I’m really excited about because not only do we want to just travel and, and do fun stuff, go cool places, but I also want to meet you.

[00:03:35] I want to hang out with you. You know, we, we want to do meetups in different cities all across the world. And so, you know, I, I would love to hear from you, like, where. Where do you want us to go? Where do you live? And some people have even commented and said, Hey, if you ever come here, if you ever come to my city, you’ve got a place to stay.

[00:03:54] Which is just amazing. Like, that’s, that’s so cool. but I’ve had a hard time keeping track of different comments on various social media platforms where people said, Hey, if you come to this city, you come to that city. And I can’t, I can’t remember where I saw the comments and stuff. So I came up with this idea.

[00:04:12] At sabbatical.blog/host, you can fill out a form and say, Hey, my place is available if you ever come to this city. So if you’re, if you’re actually really serious, like you want to host us, we would love to hang out with you. Like, I think that would be so fun if we can not just go to all different places across the world, but get to experience.

[00:04:34] How different people live. Get to hang out with you, talk with you. so if you’re serious, sabbatical.blog/host, you know, send me a message there. That way I can like keep track, you know, have a database of like what cities people live in. Maybe, maybe even if enough people mentioned a certain city, we might go there, even if we hadn’t planned to.

[00:04:54] Because clearly there’s interest. So yeah, sabbatical.blog/host. If you’re serious, if you really want us to stay with you, we’d love to hear from you there. I’m just going super minimal. So I’ve got like all these fancy cameras and studio gear and stuff. Not bringing any of it. Literally just bringing my iPhone.

[00:05:11] I’ve got a lavalier microphone. I’ve got a couple of these actually, cause I was thinking about recording conversations I have while traveling, like interview cool people I meet and stuff. But yeah, everything you see from me. It’s coming from this phone. So that’s, that’s going to be an exercise in limitation for sure.

[00:05:29] But I think it’ll be a good one. what else? Yeah, I think that’s, I think that’s it. So next update. I’ll tell you exactly where we’re going to be going, I guess. and I don’t even know. I don’t even know what to talk about. What’s, what of, this is interesting. What do you want to know? What do you want to hear from me?

[00:05:47] Leave a comment. If you’re watching this on like YouTube or Instagram or something. Leave a comment, let me know. What do you want to hear from me? What would it be? Interesting. What should we share? again, we’re moving out January 26th and then just doing a year of travel. So I want to hear from you.

[00:06:03] Feel free to reach out if you’re listening to this on the podcast, sean@shawnwest.com. That’s my email. yeah. Wanna hear from you.