Stop Dreaming . . . Start Packing!

By , April 13, 2011 3:13 pm

Needless to say, the past two years have been an amazing journey for us. We’re so appreciative of those who have not only followed our website and made comments, viewed our photos on Flickr, but those with whom we’ve been able to create friendships with as a result of traveling. We’ve enjoyed meting fellow travelers who’ve shared stories with us in remote bus stations, rice patties and mountain trails. It’s even been a joy to have chatted with the locals that we’ve met walking down the street, tending stalls or restaurants and even approaching us on their scooter while we’ve been riding on our scooter down the street! ” . . . HI! Where you from??!! . . . ” We’ve not only created friendships as we’ve traveled, but as a result of this experience, we’ve even created some strong friendships now that we’ve returned and are back in Seattle.

It was a journey that included selling all our possessions, leaving the country, getting married, traveling to 17 countries in 13 months, living in Edinburgh Scotland for five months, and ultimately, returning and resettling our lives in Seattle. It was a long path of preparation in so many aspects: saving, budgeting, purging possessions, planning destinations, buying tickets and countless other boxes to check as we prepared to cast off our bowlines and seek the far shore. There were so many things to think about that, when looked at all at once, could potentially make your head spin and fall off. The biggest question from those whom we told of our trip while still in the planning stage seemed to be: How is it even possible to do something like this??!!

The simple answer is, it’s easier than you think! A lot easier.

We’re so pleased to let everyone know that we’ve been chosen from pool of hundreds (some would say ‘thousands or millions’, but I don’t think so) to be the official hosts for the 2011 Meet Plan Go in Seattle, this October! If you have ever dreamed of escaping your cubicle to strike out and discover the world on your own terms, then this event is right up your alley!

When you’re ready to realize your travel dreams, stop dreaming and start packing! On October 18, 2011 in 17 cities across North America to learn more about career breaks and extended travel.

* MEET inspirational speakers and like-minded travelers in their area.

* Get motivation, contacts and resources necessary to PLAN the trip of a lifetime.

* And start taking concrete steps forward to get ready to GO!

Despite being common in many countries such as Australia and the UK, career breaks, life sabbaticals, “gap years” and other forms of extended travel are not currently an American or Canadian birthright…but the Founders of Meet, Plan, Go! are on a mission to change that!

At every event will be individuals who have fulfilled their own dreams of traveling around the world, or are currently in the planning stages. Their real-life stories include an understanding of the unique challenges that all long-term travelers must overcome in order to claim their freedom on the road and who appreciate the unbelievable triumphs of realizing one’s dream of a long-term international adventure.

Check out what the NY Times wrote about last year’s event

Quite simply, its mantra is “Stop Dreaming . . . Start Packing”.

Well stated, we think.

We encourage all you to learn about Meet Plan Go and follow it’s participants (like us) and the breadth of ideas it shares in a variety of ways:

Sign up for the newsletter today and get involved. Take the first step in planning your break from the everyday and taking a trip of a lifetime. We look forward to hearing from you and hearing your stories!






One Response to “Stop Dreaming . . . Start Packing!”

  1. We are so excited to have you on board as hosts this year, especially since we’ve followed your own career break from the very beginning. You’ll have lots of great experiences to share!

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