The knack to managing work deadlines, jam-packed family schedules and passion projects is a true balancing act. But there is no end to the clever ways people pull it off.
Like Julie Schumacher, her husband, Brett Burwell and their 7-year-old daughter of Oak Park, IL, who embark on what they call a “working sabbatical” every summer to appease their personal wanderlust.
Julie, a freelance writer, and Brett, a web developer, are both self-employed, and have the flexibility to immerse their family in another culture during summer break. The months-long trips and “working sabbaticals” have taken them to Iceland; Washington, DC; Normandy; San Francisco; New Zealand and Vienna. This year, they’re heading to Cape Town, South Africa.
Julie and Brett talk about why their family has made travel a priority, and how they’ve juggled career and financial decisions to ensure that these big life-enhancing trips happen every year.