FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Meet, Plan, Go!”
WHAT: Meet, Plan, Go!
A free, nationwide event to inspire people to fulfill their career break and extended travel dreams. The event will offer participants the opportunity MEET inspirational speakers and like-minded travelers; get motivation, contacts and resources necessary to PLAN the trip of a lifetime; and start taking concrete steps forward to GO on that global adventure.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Current locations include: Atlanta | Austin | Boston | Chicago | Dallas | Minneapolis | New York City | Orlando | Philadelphia | San Francisco | Seattle | Washington DC | Toronto, Canada
Locations will continue to be added. Check www.meetplango.com for updated event locations.
WHO: Every event is hosted by and will feature individuals who have either fulfilled their own world travel dreams or are currently in the planning stages. Such real-life stories have a built-in understanding of the unique challenges that all long-term travelers must overcome in order to make things happen.
WHY: In countries like Australia and the UK, career breaks, life sabbaticals, ‘gap years’ and other forms of extended travel are commonplace, but Americans have shied away from claiming a similar birthright. Meet, Plan, Go! is on a mission to change that.
For years, books like Vagabonding by Rolf Potts and Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman have inspired countless readers across the country to break out of their daily routine and travel the world. Then, in 2006, Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir Eat, Pray, Love exploded onto the literary scene, becoming a runaway hit and opening up a wider conversation about Americans and long-term travel experiences.
Many people found themselves asking, ‘Wait a minute…why haven’t I ever taken time off? Where is MY gap year?! Now, with the Eat, Pray, Love movie starring Julia Roberts coming out in August, the dialogue is sure to reignite. We want to connect people with useful resources and contacts that will make planning the trip of a lifetime that much easier.