After turning down years of invitations in favor of focusing on work, I will finally be joining my dad on a business trip to Asia! My itinerary is as follows:

August 2-5: Tokyo

August 5-9: Shanghai

August 10-14: Hong Kong

I’ve never been anywhere near any of these places, so the trip will be a huge cultural experience. I can’t wait to see what it’s like to be immersed in a completely different world.

Right now, my agenda is wide open. If you or someone you know is in one of these three cities and we should meet, let’s talk! I have three interests while abroad:

1. Talking coworking and related future-of-work goodness

If you’re building or running a coworking community or something similar, I’d love to meet up and learn how things work where you are. I’m currently working on a Meetup in Hong Kong; more details on that soon!

2. Raising interest in Girl Develop It

If you’re in one of these cities and want to start a chapter of Girl Develop It, which offers low-cost classes geared toward giving women a friendly environment to learn software development, let me know!

3. Sightseeing & learning the culture

When it comes to being a tourist, I’m more interested in something a little more “Three Sheets” than “Rick Steves.” So while seeing the sights would be great, I’d also love to get off the beaten path, away from the touristy areas, and get immersed in some real local culture.

4. Japan’s recovery

We’ve all been touched by what’s happened in Japan, and Tokyo is not far from the epicenter. I’m hoping to learn more about the effects of the disaster on the ground in Japan, as well as how we can be of help back at home.

This trip is a unique chance to explore a whole new world. I hope to be able to bring what I’ve learned here in NY with me, and hope to come back having learned and experienced some amazing things in exchange.

Let me know if you want to meet up!