So I've hit the seven days and counting mark and fighting the turmoil of emotions is starting to get hard...
My friends all have a wicked summer ahead going to Glastonbury and such, and my Grandparents are upset I'm going and my mum said she might sink into a late mid-life crisis.
This isn't cold feet (I don't think) just utter stomach churning nerves!!!
I've got lots planned for the next few days but I think I might just go into hibernation for a week
I'm dreading the week to go!! Everyone is already making me feel guilty for leaving them
Only thing I keep thinking is I can't stay around for everyone else & if I did then I wouldn't get much done in my life, & certainly wouldn't be a happy bunny. It's still difficult though..
Have a fab time in Brazil, how amazing. Keep busy & you'll be fine, I guess this is all part of it
Stomach churning can be solved by beer/whiskey or tums (or both) whilst if it's cold feet, just put on some thicker socks
Providing you haven't just upped and left giving them a weeks notice (sort of thing i do, although i often don't even say anything - just maybe send a postcard or email a couple of weeks later!) there's no reason to feel guilty.
Wouldn't worry about everybody elose having stuff planned for the summer either - sounds like your not doing too badly out of it yourself!
Suggest stocking up on things you'll struggle with as well. Have some whiskey, bitter, bacon sarnies (mmm. bacon), many cups of tea, pork pie, rich tea biscuits, lots of marmite (can't remember if you were pro or anti marmite, but got a 50% chance!) etc. etc. All the comfort things you take for granted but won't be able to get hold of as easily away.
Also, keep busy - friends/family/time by yourself and also just time to try and work out what the hell you forgot to do/buy etc and sort it out (cancelled the milk yet?). And of course spend as much spare time as you can on Travellerspoint.
I was going to mention one more, but been away a few days and seems as though you did this 4 days ago, so only 3 left which doesn't really help.
Oh well. I can't count, but if your still in the Uk towards the end of this week - guessing not, so i'll probably miss you by a day or so - and somewhere helpful, let me know and i'll come and buy you a celebratory/goodbye beer or 7 to try and soothe your stomach problems
Have a great one in Brazil and keep us informed of your trip.
I think those nerves are pretty common mim! It's such a huge change to leave everything behind for a while, that it really can get to you. For me, the nervousness stops and pure excitement sets in when I finally go through customs and have said the final goodbyes! No going back then I figure and nothing but new experiences ahead.
The world is a small place these days though, so you needn't feel like you'll be completely out of touch. There are lots of cheap communication options (phonecards, etc) and of course emailing lots is a great way to make people feel excited for you.
All the best with your exciting journey!!
I feel your pain!
I leave to spend 12 weeks in Spain in 16 days!!! I'm actually glad to have my last two weeks of school, exams, packing etc. to keep me busy.
But it's also kind of hard... This is my first year of college and for the first time in my life I have really good friends. It's going to be hard saying goodbye to them especially knowing that I would probably see them at least once a week if I lived at home for the summer.
My mom cried when my ticket came... I think that is self-explanatory.
And my 7 yr-old sister is bigger and has learned something new everytime I see her!!
But as long as I don't think about saying good-bye to them in the airport or as long as I don't think about the trip at all while I'm trying to fall asleep I'm okay..
You'll have a blast as will I!! Yeah for being adventurous!!