to quit your job and travel the world? Do people tend to give you the
fisheye whenever you talk about this crazy scheme? Never fear, we have
the event for you!
Meet, Plan, Go! is a chance to crank up your career break inspiration. Hear from a panel who will answer your questions and dispense sage advice: travelers who have taken career breaks, financial gurus who can help you save money for your trip, and travel planning experts to show you how it's done. In addition, there will be lots of informal mingling with local travelers of every type -- 20somethings, older-than-20somethings, couples, singles, backpackers, road warriors, travelers with kids, photographers, videographers -- to share their experiences, tips, and tricks.
And if that weren't enough; we have great sponsors giving away travel prizes! You'll have the chance to win a free trip to Peru from Gap Adventures, or a free volunteer abroad trip with GeoVisions, along with a number of other great giveaways.
Sign up today and guarantee your free seat at Meet, Plan, Go! Austin and begin to make your travel dreams a reality! The event is free, but you must register so we can enter you in the drawing for the trip.
Get your RSVP to ensure your spot at the hottest travel event in the city. The event is free, but you must register so we can enter you in the drawing for the trips and other great giveaways.
Food Sponsor!!! Thank you Rio's of Austin
Six Lounge will be providing drinks at Happy Hour prices.
Event Giveaways to Registered Attendees (Must Attend to Be Eligible)
After-Event Giveaways (one winner across all of the events to be drawn on Sept. 16)
- Gap Adventures Inca Tour
- GeoVisions Cambodia Volunteering
- GeoVisions France Volunteering
- Hostelling International weekend stay/tour NY or LA
- STA Travel – two international flight tickets to Pacific via Air New Zealand
- Three Month Visa - 3 month "Career Break Passport" Coaching package for 1-on-1 coaching
- Unconventional Guides - Career Break and Travel Kit
- Career Break Secrets Season 1 Pass
- Art of Nonconformity book by Chris Guillebeau
- Globejotter books by Dave Fox
- Mango language 3 month subscription
- Banana Grams Travel Game
- Two Laps Around the World book by Bob Reil
- Escape 101 Audio Book by Dan Clements
- Mapping your Volunteer Vacation by Jane Stanfield
- Negotiating Your Sabbatical Ebook by Your Sabbatical
- One hour complimentary Coaching by Three Month Visa
- 2-night voucher for the Pot Belly Stove Bed & Breakfast, Fredericksburg, Texas
- 1-night voucher for the Spring Log Haus Bed & Breakfast, Fredericksburg, Texas
Here´s our exciting confirmed panel of inspirational travel experts
Emcee and Host - Jeff Jung, Founder Career Break Secrets. Twitter handle: @CareerBrkSecret
Jeff had previously been a management consultant and Marketing Director for a medical device company. He took his career break in 2007-2008 around South America, Europe and North Africa. He learned to speak Spanish fluently, how to ski in Patagonia and saw the sun rise and set in places like Easter Island, the Galapagos, on the Nile and Cappadocia.
Olga Garcia, Social Media & Marketing Programs Manager, OlgaLG.com Twitter handle: @olgaLG Olga started her career in marketing at a Fortune 500 company after college. Having lived abroad in high school, she decided to work for a year and save her money to have an early career break. From 2006-2007, she traveled to 3 different continents, 20 countries, explored the chocolate decadence in Perugia, was part of a yacht crew in Australia, and experienced the peaceful nights in the mountains of New Zealand.
Gary Hoover, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, HooversWorld Twitter handle: @garyhoov
Gary is an Austin-based serial entrepreneur who has founded four companies. When he sold his first one, he went around the world, spending a week each in a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and an Islamic nation. Since then he has ventured into the travel industry and visited 41 countries. He now teaches entrepreneurship and one of the key ways he encourages people to learn is by travel and observation.
Erica Kuschel, Travel blogger for OverYonderLust. Twitter handle: @OverYonderlust Erica was working as a customer service representative for a major video game company. One day she decided she was not where she was supposed to be and quit her job to pursue her dream as a freelance photographer and traveler. Erica and her husband Shaun will be leaving to explore Central and South America at the end of 2010 for 6-12 months.
Jen Spencer, CEO Jen Spencer Coaches. Twitter handle: @jenspencercoach Jen works with entrepreneurs, creative executives and teams to get them closer to what they want. When Jen isn’t coaching, she stays involved with her Austin community. Her latest endeavor is producing and co-hosting the first TEDxAustin event in 2011. After spending 10 years living in 7 cities and traveling often for work in her 20's, Jen has always had a passion for traveling and seeing just how other people live and experience life. From New Zealand to Boston to Abiquiu, New Mexico, Jen has experienced remote to fantastical to urban environments. Any time Jen travels for work, she stays a few extra days, visits friends, people watches and and pretends to play native.
Katie Warner, journalist for The Examiner and The Austin Times. Twitter handle: @KatalinaTX Katie Warner started her career as an antitrust and international competition law attorney. Having studied abroad several times in college and law school she yearned to travel long-term again. Katie moved to Europe in 2006-2007, and did a second career break in 2009 where she traveled to Brasil. Katie is currently states-side and working on a third career break that she plans to take 2011-2012.
Jay Whitchurch, CEO, campus2careers. Twitter handle: @campus2careers Jay’s work background includes being a corporate strategy consultant, a CIO, and CEO but he has enjoyed nothing more than the trips he has taken during and in between. During any career change or break, Jay always makes it a point to plan a big trip. He’s been to 38 countries on 5 continents, played golf at the base of the Great Pyramids in Cairo and at St. Andrews Old Course in Scotland, seen the Pope perform Palm Sunday service at St. Peter’s Basilica, swum above the lost city of Atlantis, crawled through the war tunnels in Vietnam, climbed the China Wall in 108 degree weather, and sat at the “Edge of the World” in Saudi Arabia.
When & Where
Jeff Jung and Cheryl Habbe