10/17/2011 08:04 am ET | Updated Dec 17, 2011

Quit Your Job to Travel With Meet, Plan, Go

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain

Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job and traveling? Running off and escaping the 9-5 to sit on a beach? Or just taking a longer break to live and breathe and enjoy life for once? I have met dozens of people in the last five years who have told me this is their dream and they 'wish they could do what I do.' Well, if you are a regular reader of mine, you know it really is possible, without a trust fund, without a partner, and... without a 'safety net.'

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
-Abraham Lincoln

A Career Break on every resume. That's the mission of Meet Plan Go. How cool would that be? Because of my travels and blog, I meet more and more Americans who are ditching the cubicle for the road and taking off to pursue their travel dreams. To some it still seems like a crazy, hair-brained, irresponsible thing I did by chucking it all and quitting my job and, basically, my life as I knew it. But my life is way better and richer for it. More and more, it's slowly becoming a bit less of a crazy idea and a bit normal and that's what we hope to do with Meet Plan Go.

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Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that the stuff life is made of.
-Benjamin Franklin

Life is too short to do the same thing more or less for your whole life. We should be learning, doing, and seeing as much as we can. This is what it's all about: connecting with other people and sharing stories and laughs and moments that warm our hearts and fill our souls with love.

Why shouldn't we work to live and not live to work?

This will be my second year hosting the Chicago portion of this amazing national travel event and "movement," if you will. It's a great forum in which we inspire and teach other hopeful travelers about taking a career break or sabbatical. I realized that after I took my round the world trip, I was an expert on this kind of travel. And so are the other experts on the different panels and giving keynote speeches in each city. It will be an evening chock full of real info: how to do it, how to pay for it, how to plan your travels, tickets, visas, health insurance. We answer in detail all the questions we are always asked to share our knowledge with others hoping to do the same thing.

It's an inspirational night -- and proven so by the fact that a portion of the attendees from last year reached their tipping point and are either planning their trip or are out there seeing the world right now!

If you are in Chicago or 16 of our other cities, join us for a great night on October 18th.

It's just $15 and could change your life.

Come give it a try. You have nothing to lose and a life to start living!