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Oh - The People You'll Meet

MPG_BostonAt a recent Meet, Plan, Go! meetup in San Francisco I overheard a conversation that went something like this: Two women (A & M) who met for the first time talking about travel and how they’d love to get away and take a break. “A” talks about how she’d like to take a career break, but is fearful of leaving her job. “M” tells “A” how she’s planning a traveling career break for the future because her company offers a 6 month leave where you can take a sabbatical.

“A” says “ Oh, you are so lucky that your company offers such a program. Where do you work?”

“M” answers, “Wells Fargo.”

“A” looks shocked and exclaims, “I work for Wells Fargo too! I had no idea they had such a program!”

The conversation moved into laughter, exchanging information, and sharing details on how to find out more about the program. Their voices faded off and I thought to myself – this is exactly why in person events are important.

We have asked all of our Meet, Plan, Go! hosts to hold casual meetups in their cities in the months leading up to our nationwide event in October. Why? Because having an in person support group is important when you are deciding to take a big leap into the unknown or taking on big changes in your life. Whether it’s a career break, running a marathon, or moving to another country as an expat; we all need people to keep us accountable, energized, and focused on our goals.

It is also a chance to get travel ideas, share stories of your planning, ask questions of people who have done it, or simply share a beer.

Our local meetups are in full swing now with events already happening in San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and NYC; and scheduled for Portland, Seattle, New Orleans, and LA. Come join in - you may even learn that some of those barriers you are putting up to keep you from realizing your goal are false, much like “A” realized in San Francisco.

Hope to see you in person!
Sherry Ott
Meet, Plan, Go! Organizer


Early Bird Tickets Still Available
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In addition to the support you’ll experience at our local meetups, you will find great inspiration and valuable resources at our nationwide event on October 18, 2011. Early bird tickets are still available, but only for a limited time. And many cities are close to selling out, so reserve your seat now!



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