Don't have a clue what an elepahant is
A Dyslexic elephant maybe
Hey Lil J i wouldn't worry too much about your parents being anxious. I'm 32, been to many places, and my mum still tries to put me off going every time i book a trip
My mum still worries, but she understands and is (at least oyutwardly) very supportive. Having said that, i realise years ago that it's not worth telling them everything anyway. I'm sure if my parents knew some of the places i had been, i'd probably be grounded and chained to a wall. But i don't tell them what they don't need to know (or early enough for it to make a difference anyway) and just get on with it
J - At the end of the day, it's entirely down to you, and none of us will think any less of you (i'm lying) if you do chicken out and decide not to go. I actually stand to make a large chunk of cash if you don't on the TP betting, so i don't want you to go, as you not going will fund my travels that much longer
Sorry rich-don't worry to make up for it i'll buy you a drink-hmmm!! now ddoes that sound appealing!
Everyone here is waiting for you to book that ticket so we can celebrate! Just go and do it. You can worry about the nerves and the butterflies after you've committed.
You seem so much more ready to do this now than you did a few months ago. You're gonna do great on your own! This is gonna force you into just having to walk up to ppl in a hostel and say, "Hey, I'm Jas" - they're gonna fall in love with you in about 10 minutes like everyone here! You've nothing to be worried about!
Parents can be a bit selfish about this stuff without meaning to be, but it's only cos they love us. Like I said to you, secretly they sort of admire you for making such a big decision. I got a lump in my throat recently when my Mum said that she couldnt fathom doing what im doing but she wished she had same the spirit and independence. She has never said anything like that to me before. Your Dad will see that you are serious about this once you book that ticket, and then he has x number of months to slowly digest and get used to the idea.
Tell him you'll bring him back a digeridoo - that might bring him round!
I just saw in your profile that you're from Melborne. That was my favorite "city" in Australia (Caines was my favorite but I don't really consider that a city). Along with the Singapore Zoo, the Melborne Zoo is the best zoo I've visited (you guys have those weird animals down there...It was my first visit to a "Platypus house.")
Don't know if they are still there but I'll never forget the Snow Leopards I saw there.
Cool city...Great Zoo!