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The Family Sabbatical Handbook: The Budget Guide To Living Abroad With Your Family Paperback – March 12, 2007

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...an entertaining and resourceful guide to extended travel with your children. -- SabbaticalHomes.com Newsletter: Issue 1

Helps families make dreams into reality...Filled with specifics and enfolded in humor...In for a `ride' you won't forget. -- Offbeat Travel

A wonderful book, very well written, and shows many aspects of the family sabbatical. -- Family McCarthy Blog, 6/22/08

Bernick's writing style makes readers feel they're getting advice from a good friend...includes an excellent annotated list of resources. -- Louise Feldmann, Library Journal

Filled with specifics and enfolded in humor...this book will make you start dreaming and that can be dangerous! -- Jane E. Meckwood-Yazdpour, Armchair Travel column, OffbeatTravel.com, September 10, 2007

For anyone about to go abroad with children, this account touches all the bases before the real game begins. -- J.D. Brown and Margaret Backenheimer, Chicago Tribune's Resourceful Traveler, August 19, 2007

Gives practical advice so that you, too, can have an odyssey with your children. -- Teresa Plowright, Travel with Kids guide, About.com, August 20, 2007

Practical information for planning and preparation...[and] description of feelings and family dynamics (how to get through rough spots). -- Reference & Research Book News, November 2007

This is a great book...I highly recommend it. -- Sandy Dhuyvetter, Host of Travel Talk Radio, 9/23/07

With this...title..., you'd be a fool not to grab your loved ones and soar for the horizon. Highly recommended. -- Mary Kearl & Nia Ferguson, Family Travel Forum, November 2007

Para cualquiera que viaje con niños por largos periodos de tiempo el libro ofrece consejos prácticos para antes y durante la aventura. --National Geographic Traveler, Julio/Agosto de 2010

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Silver Award in the Family & Relationships category of ForeWord magazine's 2007 Book of the Year Awards
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: The Intrepid Traveler; 1 edition (March 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887140697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887140690
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am currently planning a round-the-world trip followed by living internationally in different countries for extended periods of time with my 9-year-old son, so the idea of this book was a huge intrigue for me. Thankfully I checked it out from the library, because if I had spent money on it, I'm not sure I would've been very happy with my purchase.

This book may be more helpful to complete travel neophytes, but even if you've only traveled a little, the information in the book isn't all that helpful.

While I appreciate that their sabbatical was in Mexico, it seemed like the vast majority of information they shared was about doing a sabbatical in Mexico. Perhaps a new title would be more representative of the actual content, but I'm sure the publisher wouldn't find that quite as marketable.

On the plus side, she has a very easy-to-read writing style, and it is very personable. Reading it you feel like you are on the journey with her and her family.

If you're a family that has never really traveled outside the country (solo or otherwise), or if you're interesting in living in Mexico with your children, then this book will probably be a great resource for you. If you're interested in other areas of the world, then I would suggest checking the book out from the library first to make sure it will be helpful to you.
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I was so happy to find this book as I was planning a sabbatical from my university to teach overseas in a developing country with my family. The book is amazingly detailed, and provides lots of great lists that I am comparing with my own lists. The discussion about the benefits about taking the kids abroad is fantastic! I really appreciate the details that the author provides, and the story of their family's extended stay in Mexico. While this book is the best one I've found, it very much is geared toward adults who are planning on taking a complete sabbatical - not people working, volunteering, etc. overseas. The book talks about difficulties in meeting locals, boredom, the excessive socializing with ex-pats, etc. I think a lot of that can be resolved by choosing specifically where you go (perhaps not going to a place with a huge ex-pat community) and giving back to the communities you are living in through working or volunteering with local organizations. A sabbatical doesn't simply need to mean a year of rest - but can also mean a year's break from one's routine. This book is an excellent resource and a delightful read, but the options of a sabbatical year can really be thought of much more broadly than it is portrayed.
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This amazing book is the inspirational tale of a family and their wonderful, challenging and oh-so-rewarding adventure in Mexico AND it's chock full of practical information that will make going abroad to live much easier and more enjoyable. Given the title, you might think this book is only for families--not so. It's a great resource for anyone planning to live abroad for any reason. And, while Bernick and her family lived in Mexico for more than a year, this book is invaluable even for a relatively short stay. My work took me to South America for 6 months (I went sans family) but the "Family Sabbatical Handbook" was the best source of advice/resources/inspiration I found. It saved me time in preparation and many costly mistakes. Buy it!!! Even if you're not sure you want to live abroad, buy it to be inspired to do something truly life-changing. And, if you've already decided to take the plunge, buy it for Bernick's terrific "to-do lists" complete with timetables right down to departure day.
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I loved this book, while references have changed and the internet is a great way to research, it still helped me do some inner searching and I will used it continuously to plan my family's journey! Thank you!
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My family is about to plunge into a year abroad. Although we have a FullBright grant to support it. This book has been invaluable in helping us to think of all the things we would have missed if we did not have the book. Just gathering ideas and reminders has been so helpful. I would reccomend this book to anyone going abroad with kids for more than a month!!
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I'm reading this book and saying, "Why didn't I have this book ten years ago??" It answers so many questions and makes the difficult seem entirely possible. It's well-written and a good read, enlightening about foreign travel in general. I often find this kind of "how-to" book sort of clunky and irritating, but this was a joy to read.
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Get this book if you are dreaming of a family adventure. I just purchased two more copies for families I know who are thinking of taking the plunge. Our family spent 6 months in Mexico several years ago and treasured every moment, the good, the bad, the ridiculous and the sublime. I wish I could have read this book before I left!!
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We aren't right now planning a sabbatical, but even so, for those who relish armchair travel, but this a treasure. Full of charm and humor, it raises tempting possibilities, makes one admire the grit, flexibility and committment of those who take the plunge, elicits amazement, and here a there a laugh. It illustrates that expanding ones world out, and strengthening the ties within, are possible simultaneously. Big recommend.
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