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11. Posted by alifad (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Thanks a lot for those words everyone , i've made up my mind and now comes the planning part, if all goes well i'll be off starting january, going to give myself some time to really research this and try and get as much as i can out of this trip.:)

12. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

You are only too old when you require wheelchair assistance to get into and out of the aeroplane.

I tell a lie; you are NEVER TOO OLD

13. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting alifad

Thanks a lot for those words everyone , i've made up my mind and now comes the planning part, if all goes well i'll be off starting january, going to give myself some time to really research this and try and get as much as i can out of this trip.:)

Ali - was it something we said????

Congratulations on your decision! I don't believe you will have any regrets and you will meet all types of wonderful people from all over the world. You will also meet many here on TP that will be more than willing to help find answers to your questions as you plan your adventure!!

(I'll even donate the pirate hat and eye patch so you can wear them on your voyages. Just say "AAaaarrrgggghhh, Matey" alot!)

14. Posted by alifad (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Isadora
I think i knew i was going to do this, but hearing some encouraging words instead of the usual drivel you get from people who like the safety of routine and smog and office lights . helps :)

Avast matey, land ahoy AAaaarrrgggghhh

15. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Alifad, take my own personal quote as it's shown in my profile!

"Life isn't complete without dream; it's not a matter of making your dream comes true but the truth"

Lebanon has one a well-known place called Baalbek which is one part of the Holy Land - you are from the generation of The Great Phoenician and collect your courage and let it blast like what like real Phoenician!!! Go and wander and travel as much as you can (while you can)!!!

Bon Voyage!
Lee

16. Posted by voyages (Inactive 36 posts) 11y

what can I tell you Ali
I know how thw lebanese society functions and had I listenend to my family I would never have left Lebanon at an early age. four years ago, I packed a bag and flew to France with the intention of living there. I wasn´t 18 or 25. I had a jobb and an appartement in Stockholm. I sold the appartement and quit my jobb and once in France I met lovely people, I met my exwife (I know it lasted only two years). Today I´m 36 and I´m doing the same thing again. Packing a bag and going away, anticipating all the inpulses, the people, the cultures, the memories, the souvenirs etc.
Iknow what you´re experiencing. everybody around you plans on getting mariied or already is married and driving round with his BMW and is proud of wife (If she´s a killer!)etc, the rest you know. Don´t get impressed by anybody around you, you should only get impressed by yourself and what you acheive in your life.

Pack that bag and don´t think twice.

17. Posted by alifad (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Hey Pierre
i hear you, ever since i moved here most of my frieds are expats and Lebanese i've known from abroad, so i never really fit into nor do i want to fit into the typically lebanese society ( seen in the right places, car, clothes all that superficial cr*p ).
bags are being packed and threads being read in preperation :)

18. Posted by jzurdogo (Full Member 14 posts) 11y

Ali,

It's never too late to embark upon a journey such as yours. I went on a similar trip when I was 27. But, the thing is I met a woman who was 56 and she was taking a year to travel around the world. Now, I'm sure that her family thought she was nuts. Point is, it's never too late to get out there and follow your dreams.

Go for it.
Jed

19. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting alifad

Avast matey, land ahoy AAaaarrrgggghhh

EXCELLENT!!! Now, just keep practicing that while you pack! ;)

20. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting alifad

My question is, is it ever too late to make such a decision and take a risk, bearing in mind i'm not married, don't have a mortgage and no real commitments.
Thanks for your input.
Ali

I am sure you already had your mind set on this, you just need some reassurance. If so, you came to the right spot! But more than anything, if I wasnt married, didnt have a mortgage and I had nothing to tie me down, I can assure you that I would be doing the same exact thing you are wanting to do.

If you have never traveled much before, you are going to be amazed at the things you will find out there. The whole world awaits for you...but I think the most exciting part is the possibility that this traveling experience may ultimately change the entire course of your life. That alone I think is the most exhilarating part of your plan. I am also 32 years old and I saw a lot more after getting married and settling down, I see what I "miss" if you can call it that. I cant just pick up and leave but also I dont regret making the choices I've made. All I know is the freedom and the ability to travel that you have right now is a commodity not many people have or wish they had before settling down so dont miss out in this opportunity and seize the moment!! I can guarantee you that you wont regret it and dont let anyone talk you out of it. Good luck!