I think it's parents who have a hard time dealing with the fact that they can't protect you, they cant stop worrying. I'm going RTW shortly and dont know excactly how long or how far I'll go. Everyone expects me to come back in a year but who knows. I've not bought a specific RTW ticket. My granny wants to pay me to stay, she cant understand it at all, mind you she's 97. Having your RTW ticket bought or in my case the first flight really is great and makes people beleive. You are doing what a lot of people wish they could but for what ever reason cant or dont.