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31. Posted by chiawj (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i love travel all the while,
but i hardly find a traveling partner with me,
this results in i have to travel alone by myself everytime when i decided to go for a trip.

i travel since when i was very small,
but that was with my family, have been quite some years after i start traveling again...i was 3 years ago.
that time, i joined my friends to a youth conference and camp in Kaoshiung, we been to taipei too.
before i going for the trip, i am applying my admission to university. nearly cant go for the trip as eevryone had booked the ticket accpet mine coz havent know whther i'm able to go or not.
Finally evrything goes smoothly.

then, to reduce my parents worries, i start my first single trips to singapore for a week.
as it is near and i have been there before, relatives there too.
this is a meaningful trip as to gain experience in backpacking and let them reassure my ability so that they wil not worry so much on my next trip..

next will be my single trip to hongkong,
they worried, evryone too as they consider there as far and i have no one there. but i still, let them to know my plans and tells them not to worries so much..

why do i travel?
...lots of reason,
there is a big world outthere,
when i exposed to the world,
i know how tiny i am,
i get to see manything and get many experience, not only the beauty of the other nation, but the inner character of ourself can be builds up through that.
i'm not happy as i have not much friends,
can only blame myself as i dunno how to socialise,
i always cannot enjoys like what my peers do,
since when i was young, i wanna depend on myself,
i dun wan my parents to be so suffering in winning a bread to the family,
i try to help myself, everything depend on myself, so that this help then indirectly...
my peers dun need.
i lost my jewel in mylife, i dunwan to have regret anymore, thats why i go for travelling, to see more thing, to make my mind clearer,
all my friends says i never treat myself good before, really, always, not willing to buy something for myself, eeven food..always save the money and dunno where it give to...
i need to treat my self better as i had lost alot of thing...
i 20year old, going 21, have nothing...
what i have only the passion in travelling, now my only hope is earn the traveling fees, after i earn some money in a few months i will go again.. there is a big world out there... i lack of time!

32. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

chiawj - i like your way of thinking, actually you brought something up - very important - and i had forgotten it.

i also left to be more independant! been irish myself, i have my mum doing everything for me (thats what irish mums do) so i needed a break from all that and to do things myself. i was a hmmmm a big baby!

33. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting GregW

why are you travelling? And what have you learned from your travelling experiences?

I travel because it better than being at work. ;). Seriously, though, I first started travelling because I was really burnt out at work and had a couple of really rough years personally, mostly focused around the death of my mother and then a relationship that went horribly bad. Like Oslaue, I was feeling like home was a bad place to be. I was depressed and often angry. I didn't really want to hang out with any of my friends. Toronto (my home) felt like it was haunted - every place made me feel awful because it reminded me of so much bad in my life.

When I got back home to Toronto, though, I found that I was able to face the problems of work and home and family with the same type of patience and acceptance. I'm a much calmer person than I was previously, and less likely to get angry when things go wrong.

My story for going travel seems very similar to yours Greg. I have wanted to travel and see the world since i left school (i am 27 now). I didn't do it then cos i went to college, met some really good friends and for a couple of years i was having too good a time with them. That didn't last and soon i started to feel like i had to get out of here again - only this time these feelings were much stronger. Stuck in a dead end call centre job, feeling stagnant and that i've learnt all i can in Glasgow. Unfortunately i too had a few rough years with my own mother having a long illness, and having to look after her in her final days meant i had no life of my own (not that i minded that of course). It didn't stop there sadly. I then had to look after my idiot brother who went completely off the rails and is now in prison. All of this has meant that instead of travelling years ago ,as i had wanted, i am just able to do it now.
All of this in some way made me resent being here and i had the same felling as you regarding friends and my home town.

Regardless of this the way i look at it is: if i was supposed to go travelling years ago then i would have done. At least i can still do it now. Reading your post has put my mind at ease to some degree as i thought perhaps i was running away or basically doing this for the wrong reasons. I can see now there ARE no wrong reasons for doing this. Whatever the reasons that lead people to travel the world, and gain the experiences that come with it, can't be wrong.
I hope that when i come back to Glasgow in the future i will have become a better person for my travels and better able to deal with the usual problems of being "home" again. Anyway i hope reading this might help anybody else planning to travel for similar reasons. CAN'T WAIT TO LEAVE!!!!

34. Posted by ronigurl (Inactive 12 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

A shrink friend told me the reason why I travel is to escape from my reality. For a while I believed her until I found bits and pieces of myself from travelling independently.
I do not travel to escape life, travelling is my life...!

35. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

sometimes when you have no commitments then it makes it that bit easier to get out and see the world.

if you got a girlfriend, family then its a little bit more difficult plus emotions can play a huge part in ones behavior and actions!

Since I turned an adult 18 I have spent more time out of Ireland than in Ireland. Been at home doesn’t really feel like been home, I love the sun and beaches hence the reason why I am moving to Australia for a wee while. I just wish I could take my family and all my animals with me!

36. Posted by abesworld (Budding Member 48 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have traveled more than most people for my age, I'm only 18 and have been to many parts of North America, got a good month-taste of Australia's East Coast and the center, and went to obscure points along the Turkish coast and parts of Rhodos. That's a lot for someone my age.

I feel as if my cup only has a few drops and needs to be filled because I have this undying thirst to see more and do more. I have trips floating around my head going just about everywhere. My Western European and Scandinavian adventure, coupled with my Israeli homage, takes place this coming summer, finally. In a few years, I've got plans for South America. Who knows what'll be after that? I spark an interest in a place, a culture, and I have to see it and be there--experience it.

In the song "The Inner Light," written by George Harrison and released with The Beatles, George quotes a Hindu scripture that I can't remember saying, "The farther one travels, the less one knows." It's true. The more we see and do, the less we know that we do not understand. It is having these experiences and exposures that opens our mind to new thoughts and new philosophies. I want to travel so that I can not make up my mind, but rather try to view everything from as many perspectives as possible. There is so much wisdom in the world for me to seek out.

Thanks for this thread, it's a good read and a good topic to think about.

37. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

no thank you! thank us all!

38. Posted by abesworld (Budding Member 48 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I read the thread in its entirety now, and I've been thinking about it all day. I guess I also travel to get away to learn more about myself in order to look at home in a different way. There are a lot of issues in my family right now that are draining me emotionally, and although things are working out, I still need to get away. Not to run away from the problems, because now there are only solutions at hand, but because I need to be reborn in some way. I am looking for further enlightenment. I want to come back and spread my wisdom.

I just finished the book Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, and it was great. One thing disappointed me, however, and that is the end. When Gulliver returns home, he detests humans, Yahoos. He learned so much reason with the Houynhmhs (or however it's spelled), and rather than attempting to spread that to his own family and friends at home, he can barely stand to sit in the same room as them. I will not return home with a condescending attitude toward those less traveled by me, rather I hope to further embrace those I know and love at home and want to spread whatever wisdom I acquire while abroad. It's important to know where you came from, even if your travels contradict the mentality or philosophy of your home. Those who have not seen cannot know, and those who have seen can always share.

39. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

very true.

sometimes one does not understand why people travel! also travellers cannot understand people who have desk jobs and who dont want to travel!

in truth we have to respect each others views and opinions.

in the extreme sense its like been christian not understanding muslims and visa versa (sorry for bringing up religion) but its true!

dont hate them! undertstand them! but it doesnt mean we have to be like them!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 16, 2007, at 8:28 AM by oslaue ]

40. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I really think it is important that those of us who consider ourselves "travellers" do not lose sight of the fact that we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to see the world.

Most of the world, even in wealthy western countries, don't have this opportunity, either through lack of money, or it not being part of the culture or "thing that people do", or not having the opportunity due to work or family commitmants. Many of our parents and grandparents, and many of our peers were/are expected to get an education, get a job, buy a house, get married, start a family, all the time working and saving for later in life. And who are we to criticise that. If they are happy, good for them.

It is quite sensible and normal when you think about it. The truth is Financial security does matter, especially if you do want to settle down and have a career/home/kids etc at some point in the future (and time goes very fast) but this doesn't necessarily mean being rich. Juggling travel and career/ finances is a continuing problem for everyone who has a passion for travel, and we're often discussing ti here on TP.

But you know, Sometimes I wonder, if I didn't have the urge to travel in the first place maybe I would be more satisfied with my life?