If you know me, you probably know that I can’t shut up about how awesome Twitter is. I’ve used it for a lot of things, most notably planning my current Big Trip. But I’ve also used it to meet other people interested in travel.
I think I’ve said this before, but while I was in Boston I couldn’t talk much about my future travel plans. My friends (many of whom I’d sworn to secrecy about my future travel plans) got bored of my incessant talk about quitting my job & “traveling.” And they certainly got tired of hearing about how I was up until 4am the night before and how I’d just successfully figured out how to “move a widget with some CSS code… and I inserted a rule to appear above every headline!” I can’t blame them.
My head was into travel. For minimum 6 months before leaving, almost everything about my life was about travel. “Can’t go out tonight…trying to save for an elephant ride in Thailand.” I imagine people got sick of hearing things like that. Understandable.
But then I figured out that I wasn’t alone! There were heaps of other travelers out there and they were all thinking the same things. I must meet these folks, I said. (to myself. my friends had stopped listening.)
Luckily, Boston has a nice community of travel bloggers and it’s also a transitory place for a lot of current travelers. So I planned a handful of meetups for when other travelers were in town. It was fun.
There are a few BIG travel meetups each year. Whether for professional industry travel writers, or for travel bloggers. And now there’s a new one to add to the mix: Meet Plan Go!. Of course, during its inaugural year, I’m on the road. But just like I lived vicariously through people’s travels while I was sitting at work, I can now live vicariously through these travel meetups while traveling. Plus, I’ve met plenty of other travelers & travel bloggers on my trip already. Including Lillie who is running the Boston Meet Plan Go! event. Though you should know that this year’s Meet Plan Go! events are being held all over the country: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. and Toronto.
Meet Plan Go! sounds like it’s going to be a good event. And the best part…it’s completely FREE! Seriously. Anyone can go. The idea behind it is simply (with my commentary in parentheses):
- MEET inspirational speakers and like-minded travelers in your area. (Boston’s got a lot of folks interested in travel…from college students to wanderlusting adults.)
- Get motivation, contacts and resources necessary to PLAN the trip of a lifetime. (whether a gap year, career break, or a 3-month summer holiday volunteering)
- Start taking concrete steps forward and get ready to GO! (ask a lot of questions!)
So, if you’ve even got an itch of desire to travel more, I’d suggest signing up to attend this free seminar. It’s one-day only: September 14th. And I think Lillie’s already got some exciting stuff lined up for the Boston event. I know she could talk your ear off about it, so if you’re curious about Boston’s newest travel event, then just ask.
Oh, and if you go, could you pick me up any free swag? ;)