Whether you call it a career break, gap year, or a sabbatical, the movie Eat, Pray, Love has certainly created a lot of buzz around the idea of taking extended time off to travel the world. And, of course, that’s something we approve of!

One person fomenting the career break discussion is Sherry Ott from Briefcase to Backpack and one of the leading figures behind Meet, Plan, Go – a North American event with meetings around the US and Canada to help people find career break opportunities themselves.

In this interview we talk with Sherry Ott about her own journey, about career break travel, and about Meet, Plan, Go. To listen, hit play below or find episode 164 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud:

Career break travel

Many people are put off the idea of taking extended time off work to travel, because they think it will damage their careers. But it doesn’t have to – in fact, Sherry points our that what you think of as a negative could in fact be a positive – you could learn something that helps your career, or learn a completely new kill to launch a new occupation.

Meet, Plan, Go

Meet, Plan, Go is a series of meetings that will be held around the States and Canada to help people who are considering long-term travel. Attendees will have the chance to meet people who have already been on a career break and returned not just unscathed but acutually enriched by the experience.

If you’re considering long-term travel, check out meetplango.com on September 14, and break out of the cubicle.

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