I love stories of folks who walk away from their day-to-day lives to travel the world or live in a new places for months or years. Louise Lague and Tom Lichty did it after age 60. Mike and Anne Howard decided a ten-day honeymoon was too short, so they hit the road for nearly two years. And we can all learn from them.
Lague and Lichty have written a very helpful book that you should read if you’re thinking of taking a year of so off. It’s called The Expert Almanac, and you can pick it up quite cheaply here on Amazon. It’s a step-by-step diary by the husband-and-wife team on how they rented homes in Spain, Mexico, and Crete for a year.
Their chapter 28 on how to find an apartment abroad and what kind of USB charger you ought to buy is worth the price of the book alone.
Mike and Anne Howard have a robust blog describing their travels through 33 countries. And for a modest fee, they’ll consult with you on how to save on airfare—never buy an around-the-world ticket, for example. Start by visiting their website, here.