Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
– Mark Twain
Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job and traveling? Running off and escaping the 9-5 to sit on a beach? Or just taking a longer break to live and breathe and enjoy life for once? I have met dozens of people in the last five years who have told me this is their dream and they ‘wish they could do what I do.’ Well, if you are a regular reader of this blog – you know it really is possible – without a trust fund, without a partner, and…without a ‘net.’
And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
A Career Break on every resume. That’s the mission of Meet Plan Go. How cool would that be? Because of my travels and blog, I meet more and more Americans who are ditching the cubicle for the road and taking off to pursue their travel dreams. To some it still seems like a crazy, hair-brained, irresponsible thing I did by chucking it all and quitting my job and, basically, my life as I knew it. But my life is way better and richer for it. More and more it’s slowly becoming a bit less of a crazy idea and a bit normal and that’s what we hope to do with Meet Plan Go.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that the stuff life is made of.
Life is TOO short to do the same thing more or less for your whole life. We should be learning, doing, and seeing as much as we can. This is what it’s all about: connecting with other people and sharing stories and laughs and moments that warm our hearts and fill our souls with love.
Why shouldn’t we ‘work to live and NOT live to work?’
This will be my second year hosting the Chicago portion of this amazing national event and ‘movement’ if you will. It’s a great forum in which we inspire and teach other hopeful travelers about taking a career break or sabbatical. I realized that after I took my round the world trip, I was an expert on this kind of travel. And so are the other ‘experts’ on my panel. Folks like Katy Healy, Ryan and Laura Keller, and Dave Nilson who just returned from their career breaks and Keith Savage who is simply making long term trips part of his life. We will have an evening chock full of real info: how we did it, how we paid for it, how to plan your travels, tickets, Visas, health insurance – all the questions we are always asked, we answer in detail to share our knowledge with others hoping to do the same thing.
It’s an inspirational night. And proven so by the fact that I am so proud that a portion of my Chicago audience from last year reached their ‘tipping point’ after they attended and are either planning their trip or are out there seeing the world now like Katie Aune of Katie Going Global (who will be coming to us LIVE via Skype ‘from Russia, with love’, of course!), Val Bromann, and Monique Duran.
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It’s just $15 and could change your life.
Come give it a try. You have nothing to lose and a life to start living!
The greatest risk of all? Not taking one.
This contest has now ended. Thanks to all entrants.
Win a free ticket to the Chicago Meet Plan Go and a free book!
If you’d like to attend the Chicago Meet Plan Go, leave a comment here on this blog post. One randomly chosen winner will win a ticket to Meet Plan Go, plus a copy of Chris Guillebeau’s inspirational book, The Art of Non-Conformity (winner must be at event to receive book).
- Leave your comment under this blog post telling me about your dream trip and what you need to take the ‘final leap’.
- Tweet this: You CAN quit your job & #travel! Find out how at #MeetPlanGo (via @llworldtour) http://wp.me/phFMI-1t0 (you must tag me at @llworldtour to complete your entry).
- Bonus entries for those who Tweet AND ‘like’ my Facebook Fan page.
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Some Restrictions Apply. Must be 18 or older to enter.
Entries must be received by October 10, 2011. Prize will only be awarded in person at event.