As I sit here typing this post in Quito, Ecuador I can't help but feel lucky.
I decided way back in 2002 to take a HUGE risk by leaving the (perceived) safety and security of my life in the States behind for the unknown road.
Fast forward 9 1/2 years, and I've built my own business out of doing the things I love (travel + blogging).
Well I'm a big believer in paying it forward, and am here to help encourage YOU to take a HUGE risk.
If you've ever contemplated what it'd be like to take leave (or simply resign) from your job to explore the world around you, then I've got just the thing for you.
This year’s Meet Plan Go! locations include 10 returning cities and seven new ones: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington DC and Toronto, Canada.
The idea is simple.
Encourage working Americans and Canadians to take a break from their careers to travel.
It might be a few months, or turn into a few years. You may choose to work abroad doing something different, or volunteer.
Like me, you might end up following your passions down a road you never imagined, and start your own business.
Sometimes there's no turning back once you go down the rabbit hole that independent travel affords.
Casual local meetups are also being held in the time leading up to the October event. “It’s about creating a peer group of people with the same dream. Whether it’s a career break, running a marathon, or earning an advanced degree; we all need people to keep us accountable, energized, and focused on our goals,” added (Sherry) Ott.
Every event will feature individuals who have either fulfilled their own world travel dreams or are currently in the planning stages. In addition to offering tools and resources for planning a career break, they will also address the main concerns that prevent people from taking a career break, usually centered around financial, career-related, societal, and safety concerns.
Meet, Plan, Go! is essentially a support system for those who are curious about taking a career break to travel.
It's something that didn't exist more than a few years ago, an certainly not when I was tackling my fears about my own travel goals.
There's a small fee to attend the events, however there are also a bunch of giveaways from the national and local sponsors. This year, both Intrepid Travel and Hostelling International are nationwide sponsors.
If you're in one of the cities listed above, and you love to travel, I highly encourage you attend.
If you've taken career breaks in the past, you may be able to provide some reassurance to those debating it.
And to those debating it, you'll find yourself amongst a brethren of likeminded people who've been there, and done that!