Taking a break from your career – meet Chiara from Italy

Why I decided to take a sabbatical and become a Travelling Yogi

a personal experience from Chiara

Have you ever felt like you wanted to quit everything and just go travelling? That you had had enough?

If the answer is yes, then welcome to the club!

Before you make any rushed decisions and find yourself unemployed in the blink of an eye, think it through and consider your alternatives. A sabbatical might be just what you need.

Take my example. I worked as an Italian successful sales director in various countries. I have spent the past 10 years negotiating with large clients and solving their problems, until I realized that I needed a break, and decided to take a 6 months’ sabbatical to travel around Asia and Australia.

While aside from yoga, my increasingly successful career in digital marketing and sales fulfilled me immensely for the first few exciting years, I more recently started to feel there was something missing, that the “glory” and the money coming from it were no longer “enough”.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Of course, I was making decent money, and I’m not saying that money does not buy happiness.

Money does help a lot. And I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t had that career first. There was never a powerful family or rich husband to buy my expensive leggings. So I’m not saying: give up everything and go meditate on top of a mountain!

Money can be our biggest motivation. And that’s ok! It simply isn’t my main goal per se for now.


So what happened??

mani pedi - uttanasana yoga poseAbout a year ago, I found myself having these thoughts… I recall the exact moment. I was having a mani-pedi done after a full body massage in one of the top salons in Dubai. So yes, I had lots of time to think.

All of a sudden, I realised how much I didn’t care about my nails being shiny (well, the massage was amazing…). How my feet would have preferred to tiptoe barefoot on a teak patio on a remote beach. Yes, we do have beaches in Dubai, but that sand is basically powder concrete!

“You’re never happy!” – you’ll think. You always want what you don’t have!


That’s the whole point.

I’ve been brought up thinking that I wasn’t enough, that what I was doing wasn’t enough, that I could have done more. Well, probably my family didn’t realise what they were doing at the time, but that mindset became my religion. That, together with a wise Latin motto that I discovered during high school: carpe diem (= seize the day).

As a result, I always worked super hard to get better, richer, more important, more beautiful, more loved… Until that day in the salon.


Have you ever felt the same way…?

For a series of events and coincidences, both my partner and I have come to a point where we feel something is missing from our lives.  We are ready to venture deeper into our personal paths, putting aside certainties, careers and comfortable lives we have achieved thus far.

Maybe, for the same series of coincidences, we still have no kids, no mortgage and some small savings. That, together with a lot of courage. This helped us make up our mind: NOW OR NEVER!

We’re therefore going to travel for the next 6 months and see the world (well, part of it at least), and see what happens.

On my side I’d like to go deeper with my yoga practice, increase my experience of teaching internationally, as well as certifying as yin yoga and prenatal yoga teacher. Every day I feel more and more that yoga is not just a physical practice, and there are so many of us that need to slow down, relax and unwind. That’s where I’d like to help you do once I get back.


Why go travelling?

The internet is full of people constantly travelling, and unless they all have received a huge inheritance, I wonder: how the hell can they do it?? If they can, so can we!

I guess I’m going to find out soon enough how to live like that, and I will be sharing my yogic-couple adventures with you on this new section of my blog.

With love and passion,


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We from Sabbatical-Help love hearing personal success stories like that and encourage everyone interested in a sabbatical to get in contact with like-minded people like Chiara. If you’d like to be kept up-to-date about her personal experience, you can read her blog or contact her here to get her advice.

Aside of travelling, Chiara is a certified yoga teacher – you can get lots of interesting yoga tips and tricks on her website www.yogawithchiara.com, and you can follow her on Facebook or Instagram.