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1. Posted by evakan (Full Member 188 posts) 10y

Hello Hello,

For two years I have been dreaming about and loosely planning my trip around the world. I have a general idea of the places I would like to go to, and I have the funds available. I am just waiting to finish school later in the end of 06' or early 07'. As soon as I am done I will be heading out into the great unkown for as long as the money lasts. I have no plans for my return to 'normal' life and will most likely just play it by ear when i get back. This is all so exciting for me because I have never left the country and I have never traveled alone. I will have no problem with leaving the job, it will definately be hard to leave my girlfriend, we will have been together for over 5 years by then and lived together for two years, but she knows that this is something that I have to do.
Now... the interesting thing is that recently I have been feeling like me actually roaming around the world on my own is totaly impossible. I know that its not physically impossible, and I don't feel afraid or hesitant at all. I just feel like in my life it can't happen. I know that it is literally as simple as driving to the airport and buying a one way ticket to Bangkok (which I could do now), but for some reason it just feels absolutely unatainable like the invisible forces that control our universe wouldn't let it happen. I just can't fathom what it would be like to walk out of the airport and into the streets of Thailand (the first stop on my trip). It would be too good to be true. Has anyone else ever felt this way? Am I crazy? <-- its ok to say YES!!!!!!!!

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 10y

Hi Evan,

Apparently, there's another guy who posted the similar worries (see: FREAKING OUT!!!!!!) like yours.

I've just returned from a trip to Australia two weeks ago. It was supposed to be two weeks but I had to return after spending 6 days there. I, too, had some worries before I went, though the worries might not be as great as yours, but still.

So, I guess it's a YES!!!

3. Posted by evakan (Full Member 188 posts) 10y

Hey Hien,

That sucks that your trip was cut short.

I'm not having any worries about my trip. I know that I am going to go, but right now I just feel like..... I guess I should have just said "wandering RTW is my dream and is absolutely way to good to ever hapen. I can't imagine how great it will feel when i do it. I will be the happiest guy on earth." instead of write a loooooong post rambling on and on.:)

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Quoting evakan

I just can't fathom what it would be like to walk out of the airport and into the streets of Thailand (the first stop on my trip).

It'll be really cool. And then over the next couple weeks you will learn that travel, like all things in life, can at times be a real pain in the a**. And you will get caught up in the details. But then one day you will be standing at some remote waterfall or secluded beach and think to yourself, "damn, this is really cool."

Quoting evakan

It would be too good to be true. Has anyone else ever felt this way? Am I crazy?

Crazy, no. When I took my first solo trip that didn't involve an all inclusive resort, it was totally unbelievable. I mean that in that I couldn't actually believe that it could happen. It was SOO different than regular life, it seemed impossible to me that my life could switch so drastically with such a small step (i.e. getting on a plane to Santiago, Chile).

And that first steps out of the airport and into the warm tropical air, it'll be magic for a sweet moment.

5. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 10y

Hey. I was a tad worried before I booked my RTW trip, but now here I sit in a cafe in Hong Kong after being in Beijing, Mumbai and Goa previously wondering what all the worry was about! Its great being at noone's beck and call, not being at work, not being home in the cold. Seeing all the great sights around the world - best of all meeting fantastic likeminded people!!!

Ive not been alone my enite trip as Ive been booking myself into youth hostels (via this forum) getting myself into the mixed dorms, meeting male/female alike...hanging out with them, sometimes.

Now Im thinking Im not sure if I could settle after finishing the trip. There is a girm in my dorm here from the UK who has been travelling for 2 years, who in 5 days time goes to Thailand for her third time!

Get yourself out there in the big wide world and you'll wonder what you were worrying about...

6. Posted by evakan (Full Member 188 posts) 10y

Quoting GregW

And that first steps out of the airport and into the warm tropical air, it'll be magic for a sweet moment.

BEST RESPONSE EVER! Thanks Greg, when I read this I was smiling ear to ear.

7. Posted by electro (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hello
I understand your concerns ...i myself landed in Bangkok on my own 3 years back ....i had the best 8 months of my entire life traverling thailand cambodia Laos and malaysia ...i met so many people and saw so many things it really is worth it. It is very easy to travel this part of the world ..just keep your wits about you dont enter no money making scams and be careful about handing over large amounts of cash to travel agents ...they have a habit of disappearing !!
I loved it so much im leaving next july ..for 2 years this time worldwide ...being on your own can be really full filling it gave me lots of confidence and meeting up with your friends 2 -3 months into trip can be excellent.
good luck
you wont need it
:)
Alan