Traditionally some people take a sabbatical or a mini retirement because they simply want the rest and relaxation — they want to get away from the rat race or escape burnout. Other people take a sabbatical to try something new — they want to try a new job or a different way of life. Consider your motivations for an early retirement. Knowing what you want out of the experience will help it to be a success. And, as with any goal, the more specific the better. Taking a long vacation can help soon-to-be retirees reassess their goals without forgoing the satisfaction and financial security that comes with continuing work.