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…

I crouched in the corner of a full room at the Sports Basement, taking a sip of water as I looked out onto the sold out crowd starting to take their seat. “Dammit Spencer, you’ve been cool and collected all day, smiling on the bus ride over like you had been drinking the kool aid, but now get a hold of yourself and don’t you start shedding tears – this isn’t  the movie theater where nobody can see your watery eyes.” After the brief pep talk under my…

“Today I walked into the office with a briefcase and I walked out with a backpack, never to return again.” Those were the words I penned tweeted 13 months ago. A few minutes later I was on I-85 on the way up to North Carolina, yelling expletives at the giant South Carolina peach, which actually looks more like another rounded object that has a crack down the middle. I left with no intentions of ever returning. The next day I was spending the night in the Charlotte Airport,…

“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…

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…