Sabbatical Planning


Complete step-by-step program that guides you from dreaming about a sabbatical to living out your biggest dreams - without confusion or overwhelm!

What's included?

The Sabbatical Suitcase prepares you professionally, personally, financially, and mentally to make the most of your time off. 

We take you by the hand in the most efficient way from the idea phase to living your life with the time freedom to do what you want, when you want!

1. Clarity

Our complete step-by-step roadmap takes out the guesswork and confusion of planning a sabbatical, making this the fastest and easiest way to get from point A to point B!

2. Support

Taking a sabbatical can be scary, so having the support from someone who has done it is immensely helpful to push past fears and answer all your questions as you prepare.

3. Lifetime Access

With Lifetime Access, you will stay current with the latest updates to the program, travel tips & tricks, and resources to help you take future sabbaticals!

The Sabbatical Suitcase Planning Process


Your sabbatical goals, how you'll make it happen, and commit to a departure date.


Your trip, refine your budget, build out your work transition plan, and place your trip deposits.


Your plan to prepare personally, professionally, financially, and mentally for your sabbatical.


Yourself while on the road and identify how to maintain your sabbatical mindset after you return.

Plus, the Sabbatical Suitcase is PACKED with helpful resources like the ones below which will help you stay organized and feel confident that you are prepared to hit the road!

Life Is Short

Do you want to live a life full of "What ifs" or do you want to live life on YOUR terms?

You Owe it to Yourself

FINALLY take the time to do the things that really matter in life

  • Connect with loved ones
  • Be alone, relax, and reflect
  • Learn something new for fun
  • Achieve personal goals
  • Restore your mental and physical health
  • Give back to those in need

Don't let excuses hold you back…

  1. You don't need to quit your job...unless you want to anyway
  2. You don't need to worry that a sabbatical will "hurt" your career
  3. You don't need to be "rich"
  4. You shouldn't wait for the "perfect" time
  5. You don't have to wait for other people
  6. You don't have to do all-the-things to create your "perfect" sabbatical
  7. You don't have to plan the trip by yourself

What Those I've Helped Said After Their Sabbaticals

“It's completely worth it - I wish I would have done it sooner in my career. 

A sabbatical allowed us to immerse ourselves into an adventure without the vacation end clock ticking in the back of our minds. 

Everyone is different in terms of what might be challenging for a break - finances, logistics, mental health, pet care, the list goes on. The more people you can talk to who have gone through the same experience already, you quickly see that there are answers to all these challenges.”

Kristin & Alan

"The opportunity to talk through travel ideas and potential obstacles with friends who have already been through the experience is the best way to take away any anxiety or nervousness that planning a sabbatical may cause. 

Just like any other intimidating adventure, once you’ve seen or heard about someone else tackling it successfully, you realize you can do it too! 

Before we left for our sabbatical, the advice and stories that Susie shared with us proved invaluable. Her spirit was contagious and made us excited for our own trip."

Audrey and Harry

Audrey & Harry

“I'm definitely a believer in the month long trip -- especially with kids, it takes the pressure off.  

Someone can get sick, it can rain, you can have a bunch of mediocre meals and there is still so much time for magical things to happen. 

I hope you are able to help people have this experience. It's really a special time. I no longer think a week counts as vacation!!”

Betsy, Jesse, and their 3 kids under age 5

How much does Sabbatical Suitcase Cost?

But first, what is NOT taking a sabbatical costing in your life?

What would it look like if you continued to live your current life for the next 5, 10, 20+ years?

  • Relationships – how much true quality time and significant memories will you be able to build with the people that matter most to you?
  • Parents – how much time do you have with your kids before they move out?
  • Personal Goals – would you realistically achieve your goals and dreams if you don't make changes in your life?
  • Mental & Physical Health – are you on the path to declining health...and therefore increasing medical costs?


You have a choice to…

  • Do nothing, which will cost your health, happiness, & relationships and leave you with regrets 

  • Invest hundreds per session with a therapist, career or life coach

  • Wait until your burnout is so bad you need to take a medical leave and have to spend thousands on medical care

One Day or Day One. You Decide.

If you DO choose to take a sabbatical to proactively avoid burnout and take control of your life...

You could do it on your own, spend at LEAST 20 hours of wasted time going down the Google black hole guessing what you need to know (especially if this is your first time ever taking a sabbatical - you don't know what you don't know!)

OR You Could Fast-Track Your Sabbatical Planning!

The Sabbatical Suitcase course is your end-to-end solution for planning your sabbatical as quickly as possible WITHOUT the guesswork! 

**60 Day Money Back Guarantee**

I don't want any unhappy money or unhappy customers. You can try this ENTIRE SYSTEM for 60 days RISK-FREE.

I want you to be satisfied with your purchase, but I also want you to give your best effort to apply all of the strategies in the program so that you follow through with taking a sabbatical. 

If you decide the program was not the right decision, then all you need to do is show your completed work with your request for a refund to


If you want more personalized service, attention, and accountability then you will want to add on Personalized Travel Planning Services to your Sabbatical Suitcase!

What's Included in the Travel Planning Services?

You will receive 3 one-on-one calls with me throughout the program:

  • It ALSO includes fully customized travel planning services for a month-long trip by one of my travel advisor colleagues
  • I will pair you with the best advisor based on your desired destination and travel style
  • This eliminates your need to complete multiple lessons in the course because it’ll be DONE FOR YOU!

You Have Two Options

Value Comparison

Sabbatical Suitcase


Step-by-step instructions

Comprehensive tools & templates

Lifetime Access

60-Day Money Back Guarantee

Sabbatical Suitcase + Travel Planning


Step-by-step instructions

Comprehensive tools & templates

Lifetime Access

60-Day Money Back Guarantee

3 one-on-one calls with me

Personalized Travel Planning Services

VIP service

Personalized accountability

Questions or Concerns?

Let's chat! I want to help you get on the road to your dreams. Click the button below to schedule a meeting with Susie.

If none of these times work for you, email me at!

About Susie Chau

As a classic high-achiever, Susie put too much pressure on herself to climb the corporate ladder like she was “supposed” to. But after too many cries in the office bathroom, Susie knew she needed a break, not just a vacation.
She took her first month long sabbatical in 2008 and returned back to work with more confidence, clarity, and energy than when she left. Susie realized it was what she needed to bring her best self to work.
Since then, she’s taken 3 more sabbaticals, including a yearlong career break with her husband where they visited all 7 continents.
Susie is passionate about helping others push the reset button in their crazy-busy, stressed out lives, so that they can pursue their biggest dreams and become better leaders. She's planned trips for over 200 people to all 7 continents.
Susie Chau in Italy holding champagne

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