Meet, Plan, Go! Presents
A Nationwide Event to Help People Realize Their Career Break & Travel Dreams
On October 16, 2012, Meet, Plan, Go! will be hosting their third annual nationwide event in 10 cities to inspire and teach people how to fulfill their career break and long-term travel dreams. We hosted this event in Seattle, just prior to leaving back in 2010, and can attest to the excitement the evening can generate.
The event will offer participants the opportunity to MEET inspirational speakers and like-minded travelers; get motivation, contacts and resources necessary to PLAN the trip of a lifetime; and start taking concrete steps forward to GO on that global adventure.
“Because we live in a society that doesn’t find value in taking time off, we wanted to create a community for people who want to break out of the norm and travel for an extended period of time,” says co-founder Sherry Ott. “This is the only seminar out there designed for people who are looking to do long term independent travel.”
“In the digital world that we all inhabit, meeting people face to face that are thinking about or going on a Career Break can be a life changing event. Even though I have done a few of these, I get jacked up meeting all the folks at MeetPlanGo events.” says sponsor Sean Keener of BootsnAll.com which specializes in ‘around the world’ indie travel.
Every event will feature individuals and travel experts who have fulfilled their own world travel dreams. Each event will address the main concerns that prevent people from taking a career break, usually centered around financial, career-related, societal, and safety concerns. In addition, there will be mini break out ‘sessions’ focusing on various aspects of long term travel planning such as preparation checklists, packing tips, saving money, how to find volunteer opportunities, planning a purposeful itinerary, choosing the right insurance, and how to find local experiences when you travel. Each attendee will leave with a wealth of travel information.
Over 1,000 people attended last year’s event – 40% of which were in a trip planning stage pre-event. In a post-event survey, that number rose to 54%. “We want career breaks to be more acceptable in America,” says Ott. “In fact, it is our goal to see a career break on every resume. And with the support of our 10 inspiring hosts, their panelists, and our sponsors, including Intrepid Travel, Insure My Trip, BootsnAll, and International TEFL Academy we are making great inroads to achieving that goal.”
“Two weeks vacation is hardly a reprieve from 50 weeks of work. I’m not great at math, but, I know that equation sucks.” Said Jules Torti after attending the event in 2011. “I went to the Meet, Plan, Go event to feel the electrical charge that is contagious amongst travellers. The conversation is easy and excited, like a perfect first date where it’s all kismet and kindred spirits. The Meet, Plan, Go event provided an instant hive for the niche who want more than work to shape their being.”
This year’s Meet, Plan, Go! locations include: