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    The people who lead the way when it comes to those things which matter to us: exploration, the environment, women’s empowerment and education.

Curved road zig-zags in Sikkim on the old Silk Route between China and India

Sabbaticals

Sabbatical travel where you define every step. Time away from the everyday can be a platform that helps us to redefine our purpose in life. Put your best foot forward, with the vast knowledge of our travel experts, and get that much-needed change of perspective in the places that have long inspired you.

Isolated elephant in a mist of sprayed water, South Luangwa, Zambia
Elephant, South Luangwa, Zambia

What's your purpose?

Whether you take a month, six months, or a full year for your sabbatical, the most important thing is to find your purpose.

It might be that you want to take a break from work and focus on learning new skills and languages, or perhaps giving back to nature and immersing yourself in a conservation project. It may be the perfect time to invest in your own ‘adult gap year experience’, discovering those destinations that have long been on your wishlist, with unstructured time to embrace wandering and exploring with an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in a new place. If you’re not quite sure yet, have a chat to our experts about where your passions can take you.

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Yak, Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok, Sikkim, India
Gangtok, India
Scalesia Lodge, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands
Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands
Hike, Garibaldi Lake, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia, Canada

Where will your sabbatical take you?

We can create you a life-changing sabbatical in a variety of our destinations and regions. You could be trekking in Nepal and the breathtaking Annapurna Massif, journeying across the historic Silk Road, getting involved in conservation projects, whilst on safari in South Africa, follow in the footsteps of the great explorers and cruise the Antarctic Peninsula, or perhaps hiking (and of course followed by wine-tasting) in Argentina.

Below are just some of our favourites destinations to explore. Of course, you could combine different countries across a region or even cross a whole continent too.

Roxy Dukes
Roxy Dukes

Speak to our sabbatical experts

Organisation and knowing the right people is the key to success when it comes to booking a sabbatical. With three of our own Steppes Travel experts planning a sabbatical trip for themselves (and their partners) across the world, we are certainly the people to talk to.

Meet our team

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

James Armitage

Rewind to 1981 (yes a long time ago) where, as a young and naive gringo ready to explore the world, I boarded a plane to Santiago, Chile. My Spanish was limited to “dos cerveza por favour”, but I was eager to discover a new continent and meet new friends – an adventure that has since become a nearly 40-year love affair.

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Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.

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Roxy Dukes

I love to squeeze as much out of my day as possible. An outdoors fanatic, I love to delve into harsh environments having summited numerous mountains and trail running into the unknown whenever I get the chance – whether at home or overseas. Funnily enough, it didn’t start like that. It took a few years for the burning fire of adventure to truly take light with my eyes opened by the adventures travel could afford.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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What a fantastic trip to Argentina, Chile and Brazil superbly organised by James.

Destination: Argentina, Chile & Brazil
Travel Expert: James

Sue's in-depth knowledge of Antarctica, the route options and each of the vessels was invaluable in our preparation for the trip and was a strong differentiator when we were choosing a travel agent. When talking with Sue, we quickly got an honest perspective.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Knowledgeable, approachable, enthusiastic, and keen to make sure we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. I was so impressed with Roxy's hard work.

Destination: Alaska
Travel Expert: Roxy

Why Choose Steppes?

These may be uncertain times but they are, without a doubt, still full of opportunity to discover the extraordinary safely. Through knowledge and expertise, we can connect you to those destinations embracing travellers with the added confidence of flexible booking and decades of insight.

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