Am I Alone?

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21. Posted by MerB (Full Member 147 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Quoting s_hoot

Ok, so there has to be someone out there who has found or thinks they have found this "happy medium".

Is there anbody who thinks they may be able to give some words of advice of maybe an ideal travel life you have that includes, significant other, kidos, job...that fullfills your travel needs? There has got to be someone out there like us who is "happy" and getting everything out of life that we are all so searching to find. all i need is one good story.

I have a (glass halft empty?) hunch you're gonna be waiting for a long time for tha story.
This is not a paradise it is planet Earth.
And b.t.w., you're only 22??? Why all these thoughts and pressures about settling down?

(I did once hear somebody say his life was like a 'tapestry' that is the most optimistic answer I can come up wiht)

22. Posted by MerB (Full Member 147 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

s_hoot, what are you studying? Is it a 'portable' kind of job that can allow you to work ur way around the world?? or something 'stuck'/region-specific like law??

23. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

The "happy medium" that you are referring to might be over a reasonably long period of time. What I mean is; you might travel for a year then work for 4 or 5 years and then go away again for a shorter period. So, over a decade, you end up doing pretty much everything you want to do.

Okay, you may not travel as much as you like, and you may not have all the material possessions that you might like, but you've had/got a bit of both and hence it's all balanced. I guess what I'm saying is that if you are willing to compromise on things, you can have a bit of everything. But all in good time.

24. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

last week i read an article in the newspaper about the difference between world citizen and 'normal' country citizens, that or you feel at home at one place, or you have an itch and are curious about the whole world, every time wondering what there is more and you don't feel that normal feeling of 'home' where you are now.

and about getting stuck somewhere where you are old, I heard that the virgin island have a lot of people who traveled all over and are doing now something different and live on the virgin islands. and so there are much more places, where you can rent out boats, or write books, or teach something...

don't worry about tomorrow, cause you're not sure what tomorrow will bring..

  • says an 19 year old girl*
25. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

ow and i must say, i want it all..

i want that bmw, that great job, the castle in ireland, the house in rome etc etc..

or perhaps a landrover instead of a bmw, easier to travel with

26. Posted by s_hoot (Full Member 497 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Quoting MerB
s_hoot, what are you studying? Is it a 'portable' kind of job that can allow you to work ur way around the world?? or something 'stuck'/region-specific like law??

Im studying Cultural Geography. Think thats about as "portable" as you can get almost with jobs. So im off to a good start, im leaving the travelling door wide open for travell still. I know i want to travell just not how i want to travel. I know im young but i have to figure it out now or else i may have some mid life crisis one day and find myself alone and miserable.

27. Posted by Namaste (Budding Member 46 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Well, I'm certain. I prefere to sleep in a tent not knowing where I'll be hanging around next morning, to be waken up by the first sounds of the jungle, to stick my head out, take a deep healthy breath, see the first glimpses of a whole new world, feeling the energy and life streaming through my body and then jump out that tent, running and screaming as hell because I felt something crawling inside my sleepingbag and then run straight ahead to a lake I didn't notice the night before ...
I can't imagine living in a big house, surrounded by all the things and stuff I (might ever) need, stuck in the middle of 4 walls, wathing tv (because that's about the only thing I'll probably can afford due to the mortgage),making dinner and cleaning every day, spending the whole weekend at keeping the garden more or less presentable and when everything is in order, ending the week at sunday afternoon having my family over for dinner.... And monday I can start all over again, week after week.... and once a month I'm really excited because I've been to the swimmingpool!! Yeah great .... Jeeez! and I didn't even included kids....brrrrrrr no, not for me folks!
My friends (who are mostly younger) are all getting settled and having kids all around.... but to me they're like puppets on a string...all on the same row, doing the same limited movements, always talking about the same things: kids, dirty socks of husband,household and work.... always the same expression on their faces because they have nothing new to get excited about.... No, I prefer being a traveller,for now at least, and okay, having somebody to travel with would be nicer but I'm not complaining. And the day that I'll feel the need to put my bag down, I won't be alone (I guess) because I'll have lot's of stories to tell and there's always someone willing to listen....;)
(Or am I being too optimistic?:( )

28. Posted by s_hoot (Full Member 497 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Nicely put Namaste!

I dont see the need in having a house full of crap either. I mean, its all material junk that we work really realy hard for to get, then in 10 years its all broken and we sell it in a garage sell or trash it. whats the use? sure it gives you some material pleasure while you have it but its not worth it in the long run, your just going to junk it and forget about it eventually. while travelling there is always somewhere new and exciting waiting for u just around the corner. the memorie you have from that will last a life time. my picture albums and travel journals are the only material things i would ever run into my house, if it were burning to the ground, to save, they are my prize possesions. i would take the life of travelling over the 9 to 5er, big house, 3 cars and a swiming pool any old day.

29. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Have been living the first 16 years of my life on an island far away from everything. When I finally got the opportunity to leave to do my study, I discover an all new world. I could not beleive the different from my small island and Europe. From the day I discover Europe I realize I did not know any things about the world and that I had a lot of work to do. Every country is different, every culture has something to teach us.
How can we leave on this beautiful planet, with no will to discover what others have to offer us. Dont you think the one who dont travel are the lost one.
I wont never be happy getting up in the morning, running to the tube, working in suit, running back to the tube to catch the kids at school, cook, clean and go to bed thinking "did I turn off the stove".
Anyway I have to say thank you to all this people who do it. Because the world needs them too to run properly and it will be too many people in the campsite if we were all travelling.;)

The main reason why am travelling it´s because am starving to know every things which is on the planet. So if it´s mean I wont have the big house, car, kids, husband, bad luck for me but you can loose all this one day. Noone will ever take all my memories away from me.

30. Posted by vange (Budding Member 43 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!


There's no other way. An undeniable truth that we mortals must adhere. i.e., to TRAVEL and LIVE.