Last week we linked to an article in the Telegraph that reported that in Britain the heyday of the gap year is behind us. However in the USA the idea of taking a year out from work or study is still seen as a little suspect, un-American even.
Unlike in Britain and Australia, Americans live in a society that believes they must wait until retirement to travel or do the things they dream of doing, says Sherry Ott, co-founder of Meet, Plan, Go, an organisation that hopes to challenge this view. MPG dream of getting more people in the States to take travelling career breaks. They go about achieving this goal by arranging meet ups around the country to offer advice on the planning and encourage the going.
Next month, on September 20, Meet, Plan, Go are hosting a full day career break event in the New York City. The NYC event will feature individuals and travel experts that each has fulfilled their own world travel dreams. Topics to be addressed include what will family and friends think, safety issues, how to find volunteer opportunities, and whether a year out will help or hinder a career.
Registration information can be found at www.meetplango.com/events. The full seminar is priced at $99 including lunch.