Sep 16, 2011
On October 18, 2011, Meet, Plan, Go! will be hosting their second annual nationwide event in 17 cities to inspire people 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, contacts and resources necessary toPLAN the trip of a lifetime; and start taking concrete steps forward to GO on that global adventure.
The event will be held in New Orleans at Launch Pad and hosted by Alyson Kilday of Hop & Jaunt.
“Because we live in a society that doesn’t find value in taking time off, we wanted to create a community for people who do want to break out of the norm and travel for an extended period of time,” says co-founder Sherry Ott.
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 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.
Over 2,400 people registered for last year’s inaugural event – 23% of which were in a trip planning stage pre-event. In a post-event survey, that number rose to 41%. “We want career breaks to be more acceptable in America,” says co-founder Michaela Potter. “In fact, we would love to see a career break on every resume. And with the support of our 17 inspiring hosts, their panelists, and our sponsors, including Intrepid Travel, we are making great inroads to achieving that goal.”
“For the NOLA edition of Meet, Plan, Go! we will be focusing on harnessing the entrepreneurial and adventurous spirit of New Orleans. By showcasing panelists who have taken the leap to see the world and came back with the self confidence and knowledge to pursue their life and dreams. We hope to not only share their inspiring stories but to also share guidance and practical tips on how you can start to PLAN, and then GO!” –Alyson Kilday, Host
In addition to New Orleans this year’s Meet, Plan, Go! locations include: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Orlando, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington DC and Toronto, Canada.
Registration for the nationwide event opens August 2011.
Tickets are available now at: http://meetplango.com/
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