A few weeks ago I attended a meeting of the Twin Cities Breakaway Group, an assemblage of mid-career professionals who are thinking about living and working overseas. They are seeking a cultural immersion as well as the opportunity to try something new and exciting in their lives–exactly the people I am addressing in my blog and my new book. It was fun to spend time with this group of like-minded individuals.
The speaker at the meeting was Sherry Ott, author of OttsWorld: the Travel and Life Experiences of a Corporate American Runaway. Sherry is a 40-year old ex-IT professional who, four years ago, quit the cubicle scene and set out to see the world. She has been blogging about her travel experiences since 2006. Sherry is also a contributor to the Web site Briefcases to Backpacks which offers useful travel information and assistance for those planning to take either a short-term sabbatical or an extended career break. Finally, she is also the founder of a movement entitled Meet, Plan, Go whose goal is to motivate and empower people to realize their long-term overseas travel dreams. The group sponsors an annual Career Break Boot Camp (this past year it was held in 13 cities) to help people plan and carry out their career break aspirations. Sherry’s message is exactly the same as mine–if you want, there is absolutely no reason why you cannot take a short-term hiatus from your job and career to have an enriching, eye-opening, and oftentimes life-changing experience.
These are all sites that you might wish to check out, and I have added them to my blog roll in the right-hand column.