In 2010, inspired by designer Stefan Sagmeister—who took a sabbatical in Bali and is an avid advocate of taking time off—I decided to leave New York City and embark upon a one-year adventure. I had a few simple goals in mind: visit countries I'd never been to before, keep a blog, salsa with strangers, learn a new language, volunteer, and make a book.
I sold everything I owned, and kept nothing but my laptop, my camera, a backpack, a positive spirit, and eagerness to work on personal projects.
The plan of taking a year off to explore bits of four continents, turned into a lifestyle. I was hooked. If you have traveled long-term, you know exactly what I mean.
Taking a sabbatical should be on everyone's "things to do before I die" list.
Today, I split my time between Bali, New York, and Mexico City. I run a pop-up interactive design studio, represent a few amazing artists, and produce TEDx in Ubud. I keep updating this site regularly to soon turn it into a book, and to hopefully inspire you to take time off.
I'll buy you a burrito: email@example.com.
“You should bring something into the world that wasn’t in the world before. It doesn’t matter what that is. It doesn’t matter if it’s a table or a film or gardening — everyone should create. You should do something, then sit back and say, ‘I did that.’”