What is Meet Plan Go? It’s an evening of illuminating information and discourse on the feasibility of career-break travel and round-the-world trips, held nearly simultaneously in 17 North American cities. If you’ve ever dreamed of escaping your cubicle to strike out and discover the world on your own terms, this should be Item 0 on your task list.
Being that career-break travel, commonplace nearly everywhere outside of the US, can be an intimidating prospect, we’ve pulled together a varied panel including world travelers, a financial planner and career-break veterans.
As fun and physically attractive as last year’s panel was, this year’s panel is a massive improvement. In addition to me, career-break traveler-turned freelance travel writer, there’s Julie DuRose, a recently returned, solo, female career-break traveler; Layne Kennedy, jet-setter and distinguished photographer; and Kara McGuire, personal financial columnist for the Star Tribune.
Cumulatively we are a veritable career-break travel super group, think tank and military junta all rolled into one. Our coming together will change the world in ways none of us can yet imagine. Historians will study and debate the event. Commemorative coins will be minted. Villagers will sing songs about us in the mountains of northern Laos.
Also, there’ll be $4 taps and $5 wines.
Needless to say, if you have any interest in career-break travel, you really don’t wanna miss this.
If you need further encouragement about the feasibility of career-break travel, check out the 2010 cover story I wrote for vita.mn “Choose Your Own Adventure,” featuring quotes from our very own Julie DuRose.
Some of you may have seen the vita.mn article I wrote earlier this year, Choose Your Own Adventure, about the feasibility of long term travel, career break round-the-world trips, living abroad and the like. Well, if you been thinking/plotting/dreaming about such an odyssey, I have good, enabling news for you.
Minneapolis, among many cities nationwide, is holding a Meet Plan Go! event on Tuesday September 14th at Honey Lounge in Northeast Minneapolis. This is an opportunity for seasoned escape artists and first-time travelers alike to get together and talk about the logistics, money, employment ramifications and all the other minutia involved with career-break long-term travel.
Your host, multi-career-breaker Kirk Horsted, will be joined by both me and financial planner Ross Levin as we share our experiences and answer questions about career-breaking and long term travel.
The event is free. You can avail yourself of the drink specials ($3 tap beer; $5 wine), order food and there’ll be a few eye-popping giveaways like free trips to Peru, Cambodia (dibs) and France.
Read more about the Meet Plan Go event here or, if I’ve already sold you on the idea, reserve your spot here.
Using my very limited skills and resources, I have slapped together a montage of photos from my recently completed Lonely Planet Tuscany research trip. As a general nod to posterity (and those considering my internship offer), I’ve chosen to irresponsibly romanticize the trip by leaving out pictures of me limping, being lost, rained on and falling asleep at dinner between the primo and secondo. Enjoy.