Radical Sabbatical

Radical Sabbatical

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Radical Sabbatical: A Hilarious Journey from a Stifling Rut to a Life Without Boundaries

Formats:Paperback / Kindle eBook
First Edition Release Date:September, 2013

Two cubicle convicts.

One jungle village.

A life without boundaries.

In this real-life comedic memoir, Laura Berger and Glen Tibaldeo expose the blessings and ironic struggles of ditching their cut-throat corporate jobs for life in a tranquil jungle paradise. Following the spirit and encouragement of friends met on a desperately needed vacation two years earlier, they leave their Chicago home with eleven suitcases, two laptops, and two cats to land in Pair-o-Dice Village, the scene of their big life gamble.


Surprisingly intense life changes immediately prompt a slew of rarely contemplated questions. Could you:

  • Completely change your sources of happiness?
  • Let a boa constrictor loose in your house to get rid of the bats?
  • Drink mystery potions from a shaman?
  • Brave cliff sides when you are deathly afraid of heights?
  • Make friends with your pesky inner voice at all costs?

Join a journey of laughter as Laura and Glen pick apart the foibles in all of us. Find yourself rooting for a couple in a life adventure, at the brink of losing everything they have to get everything they’ve ever wanted. From random wildlife dropping from the sky and battles with vipers to culture clashes and visits with shamans, Radical Sabbatical captures the thrills and realities of boldly following a dream in a story any thrill-seeker armchair or roaming will love.


“It’s a couple’s Eat Pray Love meets The Hangover.” ~ Doua Moua, Actor in Gran Torino


“I was totally absorbed by this tale and I really could not wait to see how this was all going finish.”  ~Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer


“Such a wonderful funny insightful book. A great read.” ~ Pair-o-Dice villager


“Radical Sabbatical” is a fun book that portrays the trials and triumphs of a young couple who decide to toss their corporate careers to the wind for a walk on the wild side in the jungles of Central America.”  ~Scott Wallace, Broadcast Journalist, Award Winning Author, The Unconquered

“What makes this book wonderful is the imagery is authentic!” ~James


“Radical Sabbatical is a true page turner in every sense of the word- it was impossible to put the book down, as I was always wondering what hilarious new “adventure” (aka predicament) Laura and Glen would find themselves in.” ~ L. Levy


“I really enjoyed Radical Sabbatical and recommend it to anyone who loves to travel and loves adventure.” ~ P. Nolan


“I recommend one weekend somewhere between TGIF and Monday blues you read about their life’s leap.” ~J. Lawrence

“..We could all tell their evolution from corporate America to the jungles of Costa Rica and how they survived with their relationship intact (big snakes notwithstanding), had the class enthralled. Trust me when I say this book is chock full of funny, poignant and endearing wisdom from two people who have uncommon…common sense to share.”  ~ L. Bolliger


Our tremendous life leap to Pair-o-Dice Village put us in the most magical and trying period of our lives. The toils and thrills of so adamantly following our dream taught us that when we want to do something so exciting that it’s all we can think about—while others look on in fear and despair—that means we have to do it. You’ll see after reading it that you’ll feel the same.