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Travelling in search of a home

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1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 6y

"Travelled around the world looking for a home, found myself in crowded rooms feeling so alone.
-Madonna, Drowned World

Who can relate to that line? Every time I visit new cities, part of me is hoping that I get to stay. Which means I'll need a job that does not require a long term commitment (more than 6 months). But I am not actively searching, I want to enjoy, so I don't want to get frustrated.

I have friends who travel on package tours, doing the 4 days- 3 nights holiday and I wonder, do they have more fun than me. Since they know its just a VACATION or HOLIDAY. Do you think it is more fun if your tour is motivated by a quest of something as important as a new place to call home or if you are just there to visit tourist spots, eat, shop and take photos for your online albums?

I want to visit Latin America this year, but I do wish to have the option to stay in some new country. So I do have an agenda, other than taking photos in tourist attractions. Perhaps if I don't have any desire of living in the places I visit, I could enjoy it more.

2. Posted by Tope (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

ever thought traveling to Africa on volunteer mission?

3. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 6y

Good question. I travelled for a long time like most people on here but I decided to stop somewhere and get a job and stay to see what it is like to do that. I am now in S Korea and I do really like it, but now I am not on holiday anymore and I am making plans to go on holiday which is weird as I am basically kind of already on holiday. It's a difficult question to answer. I want to stay here for a couple of years more but I am also desperate to travel again, even if it just around the new country that I call home. Good question and very hard to answer.

4. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 6y

Quoting bwiiian

I am now in S Korea and I do really like it, but now I am not on holiday anymore and I am making plans to go on holiday which is weird as I am basically kind of already on holiday. .

I am based on a Tourist mecca and I am practically a boss of whatever is it that I do. But I am so confused about moving to a larger apartment, coz that would mean buying furnitures and lose my money for travel... So i live in a post card and yet I get so desperate to leave for another paradise or even an urban jungle.

Its peak season, so I am stuck till March. My situation is good, but everytime I visit other cities, I have this desire to seek oppourtunities, and by that I mean career. I am basically asking, do people who travel just for the sake of dining, shopping, and photo opportunities, have more fun than those people looking for a new home, a new life in a foreign country?

I spend 6 months in Southeast Asia, and it wasnt always fun, because I was looking for a new place to call home for atleast half a year. But then I thought about friends who visit the same countries, Do they have more fun, coz they are only there to see the place?

5. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 6y

Quoting Tope

ever thought traveling to Africa on volunteer mission?

Once I was willing to go anywhere in the world just to leave my country. But now I have lots of options.
Someone in a bar just asked me if I want to get a stint in Turkey. I don't trust people online, so Africa has to wait.

6. Posted by LoreleiLee (Budding Member 70 posts) 6y

I understand what you all mean I'm hating the UK at the moment, I came back from travelling Thailand, Oz, Fiji and the USA 6 months ago and I'm spending all my time dreaming of a new life abroad but in a strange way I'm also worrying that I've not 'settled down' yet. I'm 26 this year and kind of panicing about it! All my friends have mortgages, kids etc and I just seem to be floating around in limbo not sure what to do!

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Feb-2010, at 13:20 by LoreleiLee ]

7. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 6y

Quoting LoreleiLee

I'm 26 this year and kind of panicing about it! All my friends have mortgages, kids etc and I just seem to be floating around in limbo not sure what to do!

I'm older, but most Europeans, who assume I am in my early 20's ask me what I plan to do for the future. "Uhm, this is the future that I wanted." But then there is the thought of learning Spanish in Latin America or being a lecturer in some European University or teaching English in Japan. Atleast you get to float, if I am so rich I'll fund the travel of ultra beautiful and smart Chinese friends, your age.

8. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 6y

We have kind of hibernated for the last 2 months as the weather here in korea is pretty bad, but we have plans again now as the weather is warming up and we are also going to go back to the Phils and the UK again to see friends...Travel is gonna start again. We are going back to Seoul soon (can't wait, Seoul is a great city) so basically life is gonna start again. I do think of Korea as my home now as I learn more and more of the language...it makes a huge difference if you can communicate...my Ilonggo needs to improve though!

9. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 6y

Quoting bwiiian

I do think of Korea as my home now as I learn more and more of the language...it makes a huge difference if you can communicate...my Ilonggo needs to improve though!

My grandparents hailed from Ilo-Ilo, and none of us could speak that language. I met a girl from that island recently in China and she is significant to my current misadventures.