South Florida 2012



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2012 South Florida MPG“For anyone who expresses interest in a career break, or long-term travel, this is a ’10′, and I might even say it should be required.”
- 2011 Attendee

If you are tired of two weeks of vacation time and want to break away from the cube to explore the world, then don’t miss out on this event!

Date: Tuesday, October 16th | Doors: 7pm
Hard Rock Cafe Miami | 401 Biscayne Boulevard Miami, FL 33132


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Meet Your Host: Jillian Tobias

Jillian & Danny TobiasJillian and her husband traveled around the world for 21 months, traversing famous overland routes like Capetown to Cairo and the old silk road. They conquered mini-buses on four continents and enjoyed street food in fifty countries, all without a single broken bone or parasite!

Experts in budgeting and financing your dream, Jillian and her husband have been featured by finance and business writers from The New York Times, Sun-Sentinel, and US News & World Report. In 2011, the couple started a budgeting website to help others achieve their financial goals: Doughhound.

Website: I Should Log Off  |  Twitter: @IShouldLogOffFacebook: IShouldLogOff FB page

South Florida Panelists

April D. ThompsonApril D. Thompson
April D. Thompson is a recovering tech nerd, Jamaica-holic, cupcake connoisseur and travel addict. An engineer by training, she now balances her responsibilities as a digital programs manager for a multinational tech company with an insane case of wanderlust. In 2011 April founded, The Absolute Travel Addict, a site that offers travel tips, reviews and inspiration from her adventures around the globe. Her goal is to encourage everyone to get a passport, explore the world and live their absolute best life.

Website: The Absolute Travel Addict | Twitter: @AbsoluteADTFacebook: AbsoluteTravelAddict FB page

Aracely Santos CastellaniAracely Santos Castellani
Aracely Santos Castellani immigrated to the United States from Ecuador at the age of seven. Growing up in New Jersey, Aracely studied International Affairs, earning a Master’s degree from New School University. From a young age, it was clear that Aracely was meant to travel. After more than five years in the corporate world, Aracely negotiated a career break from her Fortune 500 employer, and set off to travel. For a year she and her husband Jason traveled through Central and South America exploring the jungle, silver mines, salt flats and ancient ruins along the way. Balancing her professional responsibilities with her travels, Aracely was able to achieve her dream without giving up her career.

Website: 2Backpackers | Twitter: @JasonandAracelyFacebook: JasonAndAracelyTravel

J.D. AndrewsJ.D. Andrews
A multi Emmy winning video producer with more than 20 years experience traveling the globe (83 countries across all 7 continents), shooting and editing travel/tourism videos for various destinations, PR companies, cruise lines, airlines, and tourist boards. With several amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences and the chance to see the incredible world we live in. A self-proclaimed ‘geek’ or ‘early adopter, I became involved in Social media back in 2007. A few years later becoming one of the most influential travel people on Twitter and wining the Shorty award (the Oscars of Twitter) for travel in 2011. Named one of the Top 10 travel people to follow on Twitter for 2012.

I’ve been featured on various travel websites including: National Geographic Traveler, BBC Travel, The Huffington Post, AOL travel, Gadling, AFAR, JohnnyJet.com and I wrote a 6 part series travel tech column for a popular cruise magazine.

Website: Earth Xplorer | Twitter: @earthXplorer

Matthew GoudreauMatthew Goudreau
After spending 10 years working the corporate grind in New York City, Matt and his wife found themselves feeling there was a world they needed to explore and engage with. In 2010, they decided to leave their comfy jobs to pursue their dream of a “career break” – taking a 5-month, 17 country round-the-world journey. Upon return, it was clear that quality of life was going to be priority #1 for them. They re-located to South Florida, he is currently working remotely with Indie Travel company BootsnAll.com, and has also recently starting his own company: Trailblazer Marketing Solutions. His goal is to help and encourage career break “dreamers” to turn the dream, into a reality.

Website: Indie Trip Planner & Trailblazer Marketing Solutions| Twitter: @TrailBlazerMark

Justin Martin
Film work, community outreach, research projects and an insatiable appetite are among the many reasons Justin Martin has found himself overseas over the years. He has filmed and traveled in over twenty-five countries and has applied his experience to Off The Path Travel, an alternative travel company that he co-owns and operates with his brother. Justin’s favorite trip was an eight month overland route from the west coast of Europe to the east coast of Asia using solely local transportation.

Website: Off The Path Travel | Twitter: @otptravel | Facebook: OffThePathTravel on FB

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