hi, can somebody please remind me why the hell i'm about to set off on a RTW trip, on my own!!????? i'm 5 days away from taking the biggest gamble of my life, leaving all my friends and family behind, quitting my job and spending loads of money, on my own! i need some reassurance cos i am filling up with nerves big time!!! convinced something is gonna go wrong while i'm out there!! (South america and OZ and NZ).
Here's why, summarised in a couple of quotes I found...
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do."
"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page."
Just do it, I'll bet that as soon as you're off you'll think yourself crazy for having considered bailing out!
But what is a gamble without risks, and just think of the memories you will have! I am going to do the same in a couple of months, and I just keep reminding myself of why I left work in the first place, and that if I do not do it now I never will!!
Have you logged on to the YHA site and bought yourself an ekit card, allows family and friends to leave you voice messages for free whilst you are travelling. You can pick them up anywhere by phone or internet, just a thought to keep you encouraged whilst you are away . . .
Have fun, keep a journal and take "DevonTom"s quotes with you for inspiration!
Well, I'll remind you. First: you're a Red Knight AND, second: you're a very sensible guy who knows what's good for you!! When 6 years ago I stood on top a 60 m high crane, looking down and was told to jump, I thought as well: Why the Hell am I doing this!!! But I did it and never regretted my bungy jump, as you won't regret your decisiont about RTW trip.
I'm 44 and can only say to you, I regret I DIDN'T do it at your age, so go pack your gear, have a good time for the next couple of days with your family and friends and enjoy that they still have to go to work, school whatever and you're free as a bird and can do whatever you want.. within certain financial boundaries I guess
8 years ago, I did a 3-month trip to Asia alone with my 5-year-old son, I can tell you that I also had second thoughts just before leaving. But it didn't last long, when we had checked in, no problem, the adventure had started.
You'll love it, you've made the decision, bought the tickets so you must have been serious about it, so just do it!
I think the feeling you're having is quiet natural up to big events in ones life. I've tried it several times, like my trip 8 years ago, like my bungy jump, like just before going on stage in front of 150 people all of them colleagues, starting a new job, first day at university... So, those nerves are only normal, totally normal.
I love travelling on my own, you meet people everywhere and when you want to be on your own you don't have to discuss it with anyone. Travelling on your own gives you lots of advantages. So enjoy it, OZ is wonderful, spent a couple of weeks there with my son and boyfriend, maybe my best travel experience ever, so don't worry.
We'd love to hear more from you, when you're away, let us know how it's going.
I am a bit older than you (10 years) and if there were one thing I could change about my life to this point, it would be to do exactly what you are doing, at the age you are doing it.
That feeling you are getting is a natural. For me, I've learned that feeling usually precludes doing something that will be a positive life-changing event.
My only peice of advice is this, things will go wrong on your trip. Accept them as part of the experience, and you will find that what initally seemed like a big deal will fade away and become part of your incredible journey.
yeah, forgot about things going wrong, as Stephen says, things will go wrong. Like we took a wrong bus on Bali, like going to the wrong bus or train station, like getting cheated so instead of paying 50p, you'll end up paying 1£.. that sort of thing, otherwise things don't normally go wrong.
Thanks very much to all of you! i definately feel better now i've heard other people's views and experiences, its just a bit weird saying goodbye to so many people i've known for so long! cant wait tho, and i know that the things that do go wrong (hopefully not too seriously) will add to the experience and is what travelling is about, so i'll try to accept them and i will definately try and have the best time of my life, providing the plane turns up taht is!!! Cheers
i am hoping to leave in may for 18mon rtw. only thing i have hessitations about is going on my own. i know that it will be good as i will be able to go exactly where i want and do whatever crazy things i decide upon, but going to a completely unfamiliar teritory without anyone kinda freaks me out a bit.
hoping to start by doing ccusa or something where i will meet peeps who may be travelling to beging with, but will this be enough?? i am a friendly person, but will it really be easy to find travel companions along the way?
i will still be going either way, but i would love to hear what anyone has to say, just for piece of mind.
Personally I think organizations like ccusa (bunac etc.) are good options. Especially if you are setting out for a first big trip they provide a lot of support, especially the first few weeks. And depending on the organization, they often offer group flights and that kind of thing which can be parties by themselves They certainly are a great place to already meet like minded travellers in exactly the same situation as yourself.
I used to pick up groups like this in Sydney and it was amazing how many people were already friends by the time they landed in Sydney. Many of these had already planned who they were going to live with etc. etc. on the plane or on a stopover somewhere along the way.
For the more experienced travellers they might not be the best option but if the price is right, I would still do it just for the fun of it. And the price can often be quite right because of the bulk buying of tickets.
Hope that helps
ps. redknight Chris, a lot of support you got there huh!!! Great to see so many people so positive about trips like this!
hiya, yeh the support is great! i´m in ecuador right now!! its weird, not sure where to go n people look at u likke a martian! anyway, the freedomk to travel is there, once u´ve got over the home sickness!