Putting your career on hold can be a scary thing. Especially when you’ve invested so much time, effort, and money.
In the US, work environments can be very competitive. Salaried employees can be expected to put in long hours without any extra pay. It’s unusual to have more than two weeks of vacation time and even more unusual to be able to take more than a week at a time. In 2011, the average US worker didn’t even use all of their vacation time.
Most people have a hard time believing that they can break away from the standard 9-to-5, but it can be more attainable than you think. There are alternatives such as lifestyle design or phased retirement that are gaining popularity among young professionals.