Meet, Plan, Go — How long-term travel got me my career back

When my friends at Briefcase to Backpack asked me to write up my story about how taking a career break revved up my enthusiasm for my work in journalism, I jumped at the opportunity. I consider any small thing I can do to encourage others to take a step back and experience some time “off” an absolute honor. What I didn’t expect were all the kind words I got in response — the online travel community is a supportive bunch. My “IRL” friends often marvel about how close I am with my online travel friends, but projects like this one illustrate why.

On that note, the stars of Briefcase to Backpack are bringing their popular Meet, Plan, Go event to Las Vegas — and 16 other cities — on October 18th. Here in Sin City, the long-term travel pep rally will be hosted by my dear friend, JoAnna Haughn, of Kaleidoscopic Wandering and WhyGoVegas, and she’s asked me take part. I’m thrilled! She’s already thrown herself into planning, and I’m so excited about all of the ideas I’ve heard so far. I’ve promised to ignore my fear of public speaking and sit on a panel. I can’t wait!

In the meantime, here’s the story I wrote on my life coming full circle thanks to a much-needed 21 months of travel and expat living. Enjoy!

A Life-changing Year Ends Full Circle

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I'm a life-long travel junkie journalist who works hard to find adventure in everyday life after two years of travel and expat living.

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  1. I’m so excited about our Las Vegas event ~ and I know you’re going to rock it on the panel! Your story is super inspiring, and I have no doubt people will be packing their suitcases before you’re even done talking! 🙂

  2. I attended last year’s Meet Plan Go event in Philadelphia. It’s a great event, so cool that you’re taking part! 🙂

  3. Wish we could attend! I guess a flight from Cancun isn’t that expensive 😉 You might see use there

  4. Anthony, you have to come! Although I do know how expensive flights can be in and out of Mexican resort towns.

    Laura, that’s so cool you’ve been to one. I remember being bombarded with tweets and such last year, and everyone just loved it. But I wasn’t even close to a city with one. So I’m so excited for this year’s!

  5. Could you be any prettier? Reading article now…

  6. BAH. I wish I could attend this 🙁

    Ps, loved the article!

  7. love this, abby! so inspiring and freakishly similar to my own journey.

    p.s. $150/month for rent?? costa rica here i come! well…maybe just a wee bit longer in paree 🙂 xo

  8. love this, abby! sooo inspiring! and freakishly similar to my own journey!

    p.s. $150/month in rent??! costa rica here i come! ok, maybe just a wee bit longer in paree…but STILL!


  9. Sounds like a great event- I wonder if there are any in L.A…. I’d rather come to the one in Vegas though and meet IRL!!

  10. Finally read your Briefcase to Backpack post and absolutely loved it! It never ceases to amaze me how life’s ups and downs lead us where we’re meant to be. So happy that your journey brought you to Costa Rica and where you are now. And, that photo is beautiful! xoxo

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