Taking a year off from work to rejuvenate

Sabbaticals are getting more popular with millennials and others, and companies are also more open to staff taking such breaks

On a cool January morning this year, educator Georgiana Phua landed in Madrid with three suitcases and earnest plans for the months ahead - brush up on her Spanish, work on art projects and learn user-experience design.

The 33-year-old was about to start a year-long sabbatical in the city and her spirits were high.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 21, 2019, with the headline 'Taking a year off from work to rejuvenate'. Print Edition | Subscribe