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11. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting notarealme

As for my trip to Australia, i want to get away from everything and everyone, a new start, meeting new people, taking each day as it comes, and not a 9-5 thing mon-fri.

At the end of the day, whats a year away from Home, in a whole lifetime?

I will be in Australia in October :)

got it in one-nice one

i will be in Oz oct too-yipee!!!

12. Posted by Sunniebgi (Full Member 67 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'm sorry, but I thought traveling meant going to see new places and having new experiences.. But didn't have to mean giving up what you have already in order to do that.

I live in the Caribbean, because I married someone from here and this is were we decided to live and not in North America. Anyway.. we travel.. We go to Bequia, we go to North Carolina, we go to Orlando, we've been to Paris, London, Scotland. Taken cruises. This is traveling.

Not selling the house, not quiting our jobs, not taking the kids out of school (expect if we felt it was more educational to go on a trip than staying in class), but going on holiday for a few weeks at a time and seeing places we may or may not have seen before.

But for those people who see traveling as a lifestyle and can actually go places and "work" while they are there, thats great. See and do and be as much as you in your life time. It gives you a whole new prospective on life and what else is out there.

I wish many of the people who I grew up with in my little town in North Carolina had the same opportunities that I have had to travel and see the whats out there.. Maybe they wouldn't be as close minded as they tend to be.

happy travels.

13. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'm just gonna answer the one question "why should I travel"

Different cultures, smells, tastes, sounds, people, attitudes.

To question and change your views, perspectives, goals, emotions and opinions.


To know what it feels like to have no commitments to anyone but the open road.

It's addictive, once you start you rarely look back.


(I sincerely don't worry about this sounding cheesy cos it's honest to God how I feel)

14. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I had a flash about this yesterday (long Metro ride!):

Does it really matter if your motivating factor for travel is running away? Can you imagine telling your grandkids: "Oh, when I was 25 I was fed up of my job and my family so I ran away to Europe for a year and worked there, made dozens of friends, travelled by overnight train from country to country, lost my passport, got a new one, took pictures, saw the Louvre, attended mass at the Vatican, tried to make myself understood at the border in half a dozen countries, had flings with a Spaniard and a guy from Corsica, got lost, found places I wasn't looking for, and finally came back to life at home. What an idiot I was!"

Sometimes we have to run away from something to realize why it's so important to us. If you want to run away, go for it! Your "real life" will still be waiting for you when you get back, but you'll be forever changed.

15. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting tway

"...Does it really matter if your motivating factor for travel is running away? Can you imagine telling your grandkids: "Oh, when I was 25 I was fed up of my job and my family so I ran away to Europe for a year and worked there ...?"

My kids & family were fascinated when I went to Europe for a year.

16. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I know of a certain old song in which the singer wrote the lyrics "The further u walk, the more u realise who u love".

17. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

LOL! Wocca, you made me spit out my PB&J. OK, OK, I take your point!

18. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey Leadersway,

In my opinion, condos are p u. I wouldn't buy a condo until I retired as a millionaire because townhouses are too post-menopauseal-mid-life-crisis. Do you know what I mean? I, personally (and this is my advice to you), would travel for real (Rick Steve's style, if you are too rich for your own good) if I could, instead, because of the experiences and the personal growth that you obtain from it. Travel existentially. Please do not buy into the corn, psychoanalyzing the disease of wanderlust to fix the dillusional, or worse, to be dumbed-down enough to sympathise.

Here is a question that you should ask yourself: Why am I trying to justify a reason to travel when it (quite apparently) is within my financial means? Also, possibly, why do you not simply move to another continent where you could work and become a citizen, because it sounds like your country has had it for you


19. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I was hoping by now leadersway had something to say but he has gone suddenly quiet.

I guess everyone is entitled to their own opinion about traveling. Even my husband and I are very different in the way we like to travel and places we like to visit. I find that people that have not been exposed to other countries and cultures from an early age, whether that exposure comes from school or from our own families, dont tend to appreciate what traveling can bring into your life, just to take a moment and see how wonderful, vast and amazing the entire world is. I feel it has a lot to do with the level of education (sorry if I offend anyone but it is my personal opinion).

Apart from that, most people in industrialized countries take things from granted. I admit the United States is right up there. But part of appreciating what one has in their lives (eg. the comfortable job, the nice house, the beautiful car, etc etc), is to learn and understand how grateful we should be for what we have, while most of the world doesnt even have an 1/8 of what we posses. I dont know about the rest of you, but I travel the way I do (backpacking it and staying in the cheapest places even though I could pay a 5-star hotel) because it gives me a chance to step out of my "comfort zone" and to remember that it isnt all about what I HAVE, or what I NEED. I think as smart human beings, our job is to take the time to see the good and the bad in the world, enjoy the richest and the poorest of people, from all classes, all cultures, all places and become wise and better people from it.

My ambition has always been to move away to a third world country and help natives improve their lives, UNPAID, not receive a dime for my work. Of course my husband thinks I am crazy and I know he wont do it but my reasons have nothing to do with running away from anything. It is a desire to learn, to give, and to receive that pushes me to TRAVEL and see the world. When something in your life is so rewarding and so wonderful as what you know you could feel by doing so, you are never lonely, you are never bored, and you dont miss.

I was a rich girl in Peru when I graduated high school and started going to college. I had a great life that was crazy for me to leave. Why did I leave my home and come to the US by myself? I will never know. I took menial jobs to support myself and not have to ask my parents for money. I admit it was hard but the fruits of the sacrifices one makes to move away or travel abroad, whatever the individual reasons may be, are well worth the price.

20. Posted by JennyCook (Full Member 95 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

The only reason you should go travelling, like anything else in life, is because you want to.