I had been looking at the clock on the wall above my desk for hours, peering up every couple minutes to check the time before looking back down to work on the computer, my leg tapping nervously away. For most of the world and everyone else in my office, it was just another Friday afternoon, but to me it was much more. It was one of a few moments over the course of my 27-year life that I would call “climactic”, if it was in fact that. My…

We often approach travel as where we take a trip. But what about instead approaching it as where the trip takes us – or rather, “where travel can take you”, which is the motto of AFAR (Playing off the John Steinbeck quote: “People don’t take trips – trips take people.”). It makes a case for experiential travel. It’s often what separates a tourist from a traveler. This type of travel isn’t based on a look or terminology, but more of a perspective. As Daniel J. Boorstin wrote: “The traveler…

“Well this is as good of a time to stop as any.” All I needed was five minutes of free WiFi, and McDonald’s was always my go-to place for WiFi in a hurry like this. I had my resignation letter drafted, but since my mom didn’t have Internet, I knew I would have to stop sometime during my four hour drive back to South Carolina to send it to my boss. I gave a few lines of the “it’s not you, it’s me” speech and clicked send. I…

I could just tell she was making a beeline for me. My wallet was in one hand, an electric car door opener in another, and I was standing in front of an ice cream vending machine at the only rest area I had seen for two hours. “Spencer, just don’t make eye contact. Turn your back to her, toward the ice cream machine, and you’ll be fine.” It was too late. I had been in Los Angeles and San Diego for several days and wasn’t even asked once…

If you made a movie that was a summation of my daydreams over the course of my life, there’s no telling what you would find. It’s likely it would be on the banned list of films. I’ve always thought of myself of a hybrid: a cross between Nelson Mandela, Michael Jordan, and Jason Bourne. A do-gooder who could hit the game-winning shot when the time called for it, but who could also take on a gang of drug lords…using only a spork. Natalie Portman would probably also have…

The term “career break” is starting to become quite the buzz word in travel. What to some people might just be a buzz word, to many others is a movement that has slowly grown over the last couple years, and that has really taken off in the last few months. So much so, that the New York Times recently wrote an article about the career break movement, interviewing a couple friends and colleagues of mine, Sherry Ott and Michaela Potter, who are the founders of Briefcase to Backpack….

Veni, Vidi, Vici: Latin for I came, I saw, I conquered. This quote has often been credited to Julius Caesar after he conquered Pharnaces in Asia Minor in five days. I thought about these words at the conclusion of last week’s Meet Plan Go event. Meet Plan Go, in its first year, took place last Tuesday, September 14th in 13 cities across the U.S., bringing together people around the country to learn about taking career breaks to travel the world. Over 1,400 people came to the various events…