This year’s Meet, Plan, Go event may be over, but we’re continuing our monthly indie travel meetups here in Portland! November’s meetup is at Bunk Bar (corner of SE Water & Taylor) and starts at 6:30-ish.
We had an awesome time at the Meet, Plan, Go at Ace Hotel last week, so whether you attended and want to chat with all the new PDX travelers you met or didn’t get to attend but still ♥ travel… join us!
And as always, if you have a meetup location idea for next month, do share.
6:30pm-whenever-ish, Tuesday, November 15, 2011
@ Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave
Please RSVP on our Facebook page so we can stake out a spot for you! We’re also starting a Portland travel meetup newsletter to keep you up-to-date on the latest travel meetups and events happening in PDX. Sign up below:
Ever wanted to quit your job and travel the world? If you want to learn how to make a career break a reality, meet other travelers who’ve taken career breaks and those still in the planning stages, then you’ll want to check out the Meet, Plan, Go event happening in 17 North American cities on Tuesday, October 18.
“This was a fantastic event! It made me realize that long-term travel is a completely realistic goal and that I have amazing company also doing the same.” –- Seattle Attendee
The Meet, Plan, Go! Portland event will be at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel in downtown Portland.
Laura Crawford & Russ Roca
Laura and Russ sold everything they owned in 2009 to travel by bicycle. They took the value off of their stuff and put it on the opportunity to live deeply, to follow their dreams — to create everyday adventures. They’ve pedaled over 12,000 miles, given presentations about bike touring, connected with bike advocates, explored the connection between cycling and rural economies, and written two e-books. Over the past two and a half years, Laura and Russ have turned their passion for cycle touring into an innovative business that encourages and promotes traveling by bike. Laura also continues to create jewelry and custom bicycle headbadges on the road, and Russ documents their experiences in photo, video and sketches.
Kim & Brian moved to Oregon in their early twenties with $700 in their pockets, two dogs, a car, two spoons, two forks, two plates, a mini television, a bag each of clothing, and a few boxes of mementos. Five years later they’d built an entire life: married, bought a house, and filled the house with stuff. They’d climbed their way up their respective ladders and were earning good salaries. Knowing that the 9-to-5-in-a-cubicle kind of life is not what their lives are for, they decided to “give it all up” to travel the world. Kim & Brian are in the middle of planning for their big trip departing in the next year.
We’re still busy bringing together a great panel of career break experts, travel authorities, and real people who have achieved their career break goals for the October 18th event. So we’ll be sharing even more information on the panel shortly!
If you are tired of two weeks of vacation time and want to break away from the cube to explore the world, then you’ll want to add the Meet, Plan, Go! North America event to your calendar for Tuesday, October 18. This year, Meet, Plan, Go! is coming to: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington DC, and Toronto.
Plus, if you’re in the Portland area on Tuesday, September 20, BootsnAll is having a casual travel meetup at Prost!
We’re continuing our monthly First Thursday Travel Meetup, with a look at Italy! Jessica Spiegel is BootsnAll’s resident Italy expert and writer of WhyGo Italy, an online Italy travel guide. Jessica has been traveling in Italy for over 10 years and writing the WhyGo Italy travel guide for almost five years. Her special areas of expertise include trip logistics (especially train travel) and helping first timers to Italy. The only thing she likes as much as being in Italy is talking about Italy, so come with your Italy questions and learn why Italy should be your next vacation.
Come out to Popina’s new location in the Pearl on Thursday, July 7, 2011 to learn more about Italy, chat travel with the BootsnAll Travel crew, plan your next getaway with Popina’s retro-inspired swimwear, and enjoy a complementary beverage, courtesy of Kona Brewing! Giveaways include:
2 First Class upgrades on Alaska Airlines
$75 travel voucher from Alaska Airlines
a selection of Italy coffee table books
an Ellington travel bag
First Thursday: 6:30-8:30pm, July 7, 2011
@ Popina Swimwear, 318 NW 11th Ave
You can RSVP on our Facebook page or just show up!
Quitting your job to travel the world is a big freaking deal. When I first started seriously contemplating taking a career break, I had so many questions and things to figure out. I spent half my time researching logistics — like budgeting a year of travel expenses and what travel insurance to pick — while the rest of my time was divided between drooling over pictures of exotic places like Tokyo and Istanbul and worrying if I was committing career suicide. And guess what? A few days into my trip, I’d forgotten all about my worries that I wasn’t following the same “path to success” that I’d been working so hard on, and was busy filling my time with meeting new friends, dealing with the logistics of living on the road, tracking down the tastiest food, and taking pictures of local kittehs.
Three years later, Meet, Plan, Go! is exactly what I wanted, back when I was planning my trip. Having a community of other career breakers around, takes a lot of the uncertainty out of the equation, so making the decision to Go! is the hardest part.
As you can imagine, I’m thrilled that BootsnAll is the Meet, Plan, Go! Portland host this year. So you might want to know that discounted early-bird tickets are on sale starting today! There are a limited amount of early bird tickets per city, so don’t wait too long… last year’s event sold out and had a waiting list.
If you’ve ever considered escaping the cubicle, you’ll want to add the Meet, Plan, Go! North America event to your calendar for Tuesday, October 18. This year, Meet, Plan, Go! is coming to: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington DC, and Toronto.
What do you want to learn about at this year’s Meet, Plan, Go!?
What are you doing for Cinco de Mayo? If you’re going to be in the Portland area, come out to our First Thursday Travel Meetup. We’ll be celebrating our neighbors to the south with free beer and a presentation on the Mexican “Riviera”.
Join us at Popina Swimwear in the Pearl on Thursday, May 5 to chat travel, learn a few things about Mexico, enjoy a free beer, and enter to win 2 first class upgrades from Alaska Airlines!
BootsnAll Travel and Popina Swimwear — the largest women’s swimwear store in the Pacific Northwest featuring the retro inspired Popina brand, have teamed up to host a monthly event for Portland’s First Thursday!