Emily I feel your pain so so much.
My only solace is in finding that adventure, that travel mindset and spirit in everyday life. its not hard to get out of your culture in LA, wandering around Chinatown trying fish, spending the night in union station. taking the metro to china town for dim sum on the Chinese new year. no its not travel, but the thrill of travel comes from your mindset while traveling, and at least for me - i can fake that until i can get back out there again
call me, lets get some Thai Gulf and catch up on life
emilyemily, you DEFINATELY need to mix your travel and work and go somewhere. I am currently living in Canada for 12 months and working because I was in the same situation! I needed a new adventure - something new, a challenge. So here I am, a 24 hour flight away from my home in Australia. Yes, there are time that I miss family and friends, but in the end... I am here for 12 months, I have had so many fantastic experiences so far and I am really enjoying myself!!
So my advice - work out a way and go for it!! Good luck
If it makes you feel any better, I've been wanting to go travelling for years. I'm 29 now, and a few months ago left my partner of 8 years. I'm heading off travelling in a couple of months to Oz and NZ, and really looking forward to it!!
Good luck in whatever you decide to do. If you're still young - do the travelling thing - it'll only bug you more later in life!!!
Where there's a will there's a way. Even if it takes a little longer than you wanted. I have been saving since I went to Oz for a month in 2008, and I wasn't happy when I came back, I wanted to go away again. Then my work told me before Christmas that I'm getting made redundant, so extra money, the best thing that could have happened. Now I am taking six months to explore.
I have chosen Peru and SE Asia as it's cheap. If you have any tips on SE Asia, let me know.
I definately feel your pain although I am not a seasoned traveler. I have only been out of the country once and it was definately not long enough! For now just planning my next trip, which will be to Senegal to volunteer for 6 months and then a few months to explore some of the surrounding countries, helps with my travel bug until I get to leave for my trip. Still the feeling to get up and just leave can at times be overwhelming.
America is not a boring place you should be happy that you are living in it and you should have your own car for travelling, you should use it.
I definitely feel your pain, in fact I seem to have just posted something that resembles this before noticing it! Although it's taking way to freaking long, I'm coping by working hard on my degree so that way getting sponsorship at some point in the near future to go somewhere is a lot easier than it was when I was young and only had a high school education.