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Gogobot Travel Salon: Long Term and Sabbatical Travel


Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Gogobot Travel Salon: Long Term and Sabbatical Travel

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Your $8 ticket includes your first drink free and tamales. Monarch's Tuesday night drink special ($6 beer and tequila shot combos) will continue throughout the night.

Long-Term and Sabbatical Travel

Neck and neck with being a rock star and winning the lottery, taking months or years off to travel is often many people’s ultimate fantasy in life. But taking off for one month, three months or two years is just a pipe dream, right? Join four travel writers and sabbatical travelers in a discussion about how to leave behind your work-a-day life and travel long-term. You’ll find out how they did it, plus get practical advice on saving up, working abroad, and what to do with all your stuff while you’re away. Later, join in a smaller group discussion with the individual panelists and mingle with fellow travelers at the Monarch bar, which will hold Happy Hour prices for Travel Salon attendees throughout the night.


Francis Tapon was born and raised in San Francisco, California and has traveled to over 75 countries. He co-founded a robotic vision company in Silicon Valley and consulted at Hitachi Data Systems and Microsoft. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail and in 2007, he became the first person to do a round trip on the Continental Divide Trail. He’s walked across Spain twice. He wrote Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America. After spending three years in Eastern Europe, he wrote The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us. He plans to visit all 54 African countries in 2013-2016. He has a degree in Religion from Amherst College and an MBA from HarvardBusiness School.

Kristin Zibell is a travel blogger based in San Francisco, California. She is a chronic world traveler and author of, a site of resources to inspire travelers to take their own big trips. In 2008, Kristin left marriage and corporate life to begin living her travel dreams. She traveled around the world over the next two years to India, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe—volunteering, touring, trekking, photographing and blogging along the way. To pay for her adventures, she used her professional experience in software design to find consulting work with Fortune 500 companies. Traveling long term has changed her forever and now she writes the blog Take Your Big Trip to inspire others to live their travel dreams. After her last big trip in 2010, Kristin chose San Francisco as her new home and travels around the city discovering its treasures.

Tara Russell is a certified life and career coach with a passion for working with clients who dream of taking time off to travel, live, work, study or volunteer abroad. As the Founder and President of Three Month Visa Coaching and Consulting, her mission is to empower her clients to transform their lives (and ultimately the world at large), through meaningful international travel experiences. She is also the Founder of the highly successful San Francisco  Travel Book Club and Lectures Series. An avid traveler and believer in the rejuvenating effects of "taking time off", Tara's journeys have taken her from the ancient ruins of Peru and rainforests of the Brazilian Amazon to the temples of Japan and the Himalayan Mountain ranges of Nepal. She is widely considered to be a national thought leader on the topics of career breaks and travel sabbaticals and has been featured in myriad online and print media outlets including New York Magazine, USA Today Travel, The Huffington Post, Travel & Leisure, The Christian Science Monitor and
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Alex Leviton is Gogobot’s Editorial Director. She’s worked as a freelance travel writer since 1998 and a Lonely Planet author since 2002. She’s contributed to 24 titles for Lonely Planet, including The Gap Year Book, about sabbatical and long-term travel. Alex has visited 54 countries on six continents and started her sabbatical travel lifestyle in college on Semester at Sea. She’s since traveled around the world for 10 months, lived in Perugia, Italy while working on Lonely Planet’s Tuscany & Umbria, spent a month as a belly-dancing waitress on a boat in Turkey, mentored at-risk youth on a gardening project on a Northern Californian Indian reservation, and lived in Guatemala and Spain, learning Spanish and dancing salsa.

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When & Where

101 Sixth Street
Corner of Sixth and Mission Street, two blocks from the Powell St BART station
San Francisco, CA 94103

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

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Gogobot is where people who love travel share insider tips & access the travel advice of friends to discover, plan & book the perfect trip.  With over 90% of  of our 3 million + users Facebook connected, Gogobot is the world’s most popular source of trusted travel advice from people like you. 

Gogobot has helped millions of people create, share and enjoy extraordinary travel experiences. Gogobot works with global partners - including Expedia,, Kayak,, homeaway and Priceline - that enable users to book their travel directly from the website and from their iPhone. The free iPhone and Android apps offer a comprehensive travel app that allows users to explore, plan, book and share right from the phone. 

Gogobot launched with a bang winning the 2010 Crunchie Awards for Design and went on to be named one of Time Magazine’s 50 Best Websites of 2011. Journalists from CNN to NBC, USA Today and NY Times have endorsed Gogobot as their favorite travel planning tool.  Gogobot is headquartered in Menlo Park, California with an office in London. 

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