How To Take A Break And Travel
It may seem crazy to consider leaving your job in this economy to travel around the world on a career break, but more and more Americans are doing it every year. They check out of the corporate cube and go see the world in order to further their real-life experiences, marketability and their career. It seems counterintuitive, but sometimes subletting your apartment/home and buying an around-the-world ticket is what you need to do to stand out among a sea of candidates that all look the same in a tight job market. Or it may be what you need to simply get time away to consider a career change or evaluate your own life goals.
If this thought of temporarily escaping to follow your travel dreams seems radical or crazy — but yet is also ignites a slight spark of interest — then we have an event for you. Taking a big leap like this takes planning and support, and that’s just what Meet, Plan, Go! provides. The people at Meet, Plan, Go! will ignite that spark into a full blown fire in your belly.
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. The event will offer participants the opportunity to meet inspirational speakers and like-minded travelers, get motivation, make contacts and learn about resources necessary to plan the trip of a lifetime, and to start taking concrete steps forward to go on that global adventure.
I am the co-founder of Meet, Plan, Go!, and I started the organization because we live in a society that doesn’t find value in taking time off, and I wanted to create a community for people who want to break out of the norm and travel for an extended period of time. I believe that this is the only seminar out there designed for people who are looking to do long-term independent 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 for 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, and it is our goal to see a career break on every resume. 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 among travelers. The conversation is easy and excited, like a perfect first date. 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! occurs on October 16th, 2012, in the following locations: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, South Florida and Toronto.
Learn more and get your tickets today at MeetPlanGo.com.
By Sherry Ott
About the Author
Sherry is a long term traveler, blogger and photographer with one goal in mind: to make you wish you were somewhere else. She seeks out unique travel experiences and writes about her around the world adventures on Ottsworld. She’s also a co-founder of Meet, Plan, Go!, a website and national travel event teaching you how you can take your very own traveling career break or sabbatical.