Reason Number 1 Why You Won’t Travel: Family and friends

I hear it all the time, I want to travel, but I can’t leave my family and friends.

I totally understand. There are only two reasons why this is a problem. You really don’t want to travel, or you are using your family and friends as an excuse.

Some people don’t want to travel, which is fine. We have to live what is in our hearts. But, because you are reading this, let’s run with the second scenario.

What you are really afraid of is leaving the comforts of what you know. We love our friends and family and enjoy their company, which is what makes leaving them hard, but if you have a burning desire, you’ll do it regardless.

The real reason you aren’t is that you are afraid of who you are when you are not attached to these people.

Quite often, we define who we are by the people we surround ourselves with. Once they’re gone, we can feel lost as to how to think, plan, dream, and be.

Leaving the known for the unknown is terrifying, BUT thousands of people have done it before you, survived AND created the life they really love. There is no greater gift you can give to yourself, hence other people.

Craig and I are like everybody else.

We have family and friends who we love and adore. But, we also have our own burning dreams, that are more important. I say this, not to downplay the value of your relationships, but to highlight if you do not live a life that completely fulfills you, you will not be happy, and as a result cracks will appear in your relationships.

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Who are you living for?

You can’t live your life based upon other people’s needs. That’s a one-way street to the land of regret and bitter disappointment.

In 20 years time, you’ll resent those who held you back. We love our family and friends, yet we have to follow our hearts, or the cracks will appear in, not just our relationships to those we love, but to ourselves.

Family will always remain constant. You’ll have ups and downs, which is normal, but no matter what you do with your life they’ll always be there.

Your friends will come and go. There will be those who, just like your family, will remain constant, no matter what you choose to do. Whether you stay at home, or travel, your life path will change as will the friendships that come with it.

What happens if you choose to remain near your friends, and in 5 years time, your best friend finds the love of her life, moves to another country and is deliriously happy. Where are you then?

Welcome to the land of bitterness, regret, and resentment.

What you are most afraid of is being alone. Not recognizing who you are anymore and having to start all over again. This can be scary, or it can be liberating, depending on your perspective.

Let’s get one thing straight. You’ve formed friendships before right? You’ve been doing it since the days building towers in the sandpit at the local playground.

You’re also a person that many people would love to chat too. You’re interesting and have so much to offer. (Please don’t tell me this is not true)

Travel has this amazing ability to give you the freedom to be who you want. You form friendships with people purely based on who you are at the moment. You are free to allow it to be a pass-on-by-friendship, or make an effort to create something a little more life-long. You don’t have to be friends with someone just because you played in the sandpit together when you were 3.

Let me share with you my truth.

Before I started travelling, I was very insecure, shy, and had low self-esteem. I was frightened of people as I never knew how to engage in conversation. Travel helped me become more comfortable with myself and talking to strangers. Now I love meeting new people (and I still adore my home-town friends).

You might also be fortunate to travel with your friends. I’ve had many experiences traveling with my friends overseas and we have the most wonderful memories and have stronger friendships as a result.

But they tell me how stupid I am

Of course. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do people will comment. It’s because either:

a) They think their way is the best way to live and simply take it personal when others choose something different.

b) They hate seeing you do the thing they really want to do. It’s like your shining a torch on their fear and so they feel smaller because they have given in to it. NEVER dim your light because other people don’t like it. Shining your light gives permission for others to do the same. Shine or not shine? Which one helps the planet more?

c) They are just worried for you.

d) They are afraid of what you leaving means to your relationship with them.

If you know why you want to travel, you understand the pros and cons, have a plan for them, and are happy to step out into the unknown to live your dreams, it should not matter what anyone else thinks.

I know it is hard hearing negative comments from those you love the most. Know the reasons they are doing it, keep your head held high, and say, “Thank you. I appreciate your input, but this is my dream. I have researched and planned and I know what I am doing. Thank you for caring about me, but I have it under control.”

But they are my parents, I can’t leave them, it will break their hearts.

Yes you can.

You were born to live your life. You owe it to your parents to make it a full and happy one. They wouldn’t want any less for you, even though it might seem like that at times. Of course you’ll miss them, and they you, but you can’t let this stop you from living your dream.

Now that I am a mother, I understand how hard it would be to be separated from your children. I want Kalyra and Savannah to be by my side forever because I love them so much. I don’t feel complete without them, but it is not THEIR job to make me feel complete. It’s mine.

Their existence is not as a means to satisfy my wants and desires. I gave life to them and I expect them both to live it in the way they choose, which will make them the most fulfilled and happy. (If they don’t I’ll be mad, because I went through a lot of child-birthing pain to give them that right to be happy and fulfill their own purpose).

All a parent wants is to know their child is happy and safe. Until you have children you will never understand the worry a parent has for their child. It’s endless.

I often wake at night in a panic because I am worried about the girls getting too close to the edge of the river in the Northern Territory and being eaten by a croc. WTF? Do you have any idea how unreasonable and ridiculous this is? We didn’t even have any plans to go to the NT before I was worried about this and creating plans to protect them from it.

I completely freak out if they go near the edge of a balcony that has a 5 foot brick wall, steel-reinforced protective barrier.

Can you see why your parents are seeing the world as unsafe? They will whether you are travelling, or if you are at home. You might as well follow your heart so you can ease that part of them that wants YOU to be happy.

If it seems like your parents are more concerned with what makes them happy, the truth is they are afraid of where they will fit into your new life. They are afraid of change and how it might affect your relationship. It’s a reasonable fear so be compassionate. You have been the centre of their world from the moment you have been conceived. Every decision they made was to keep you safe and to foster your growth; they love you to a depth that can never be explained.

Every parent wants their child by their side forever, but there comes a time when they gotta let you fly. Help your parents out.

Live the best life you possibly can so they know all their sacrifices have been worth it.

  • Keep them as an important part of your life and continue to share your joys and pain with them.
  • Technology is wonderful. They can be with you through Skype, and Facebook and text messages. Even a hand written letter will reach out and touch their soul.
  • Continue to lean on them for support, ask for their advice, and let them know how grateful you are for all they have given you.
  • Involve your parents in your travels. Have them to meet you somewhere in the world and create wonderful travel memories with them.
  • Come home for a surprise visit and watch them cry and then hug them straight away.
  • Show them how much travel has changed you for the better. They will be so glad that you decided to follow your heart and leave them.

How can I tell my parents?

I know it is frightening when you think of what your parents will say. No one wants to let their parents down.

  • Be honest. Explain what you want to do and why.
  • Have answers prepared for when they ask you what are you going to do about your future. They’ll be worried you are throwing away a future career. Show them how your travels will actually help you learn and grow.
  • Show them what other long-term travellers are doing, and how their life has changed. Get them to read our blog to see how our career prospects never suffered, how we have travelled with our family, and we are so happy living the life we really want.
  • Show them you are serious by sharing with them your plans, your research, your savings preparation, and your budget. In our upcoming book that is launching in 2 weeks, we’ll be showing you how to do all this. (Get on the list now to receive a special introductory offer).
  • Don’t forget to share your back up plans in case anything goes wrong. What do you plan to do should you run out of money, your things get stolen, you get into trouble. Let them see you have researched how to stay safe on the road. Trust me, they’ll be worried about those damn crocodiles.
  • Tell them why you want to travel and what you hope to get out of it at the end. It’s hard to not support someone when you see how they won’t be complete until they fulfill their burning desires.
  • Let them know how much they mean to you and will still be a part of your life. (You might just inspire them to finally live the travel dreams they have always had)

Don’t be afraid of change

It’s a natural part of life.

You can’t evolve unless you embrace change, and you can’t thrive unless you evolve. Don’t be frightened about who you could possibly be in two years time and what this might mean for your family relationships and friendships.

You can only live your life based on the now. If things change they change, love never has to.

You’ll always love your friends and family, but you have so much space in you to love an infinite amount of people. Don’t limit your capacity for love and learning by shutting out experiences because you are afraid of letting go and walking into a future that might seem cloudy and uncertain, but is really full of light and beautiful rainbows.

Think about it, would you want your parents, or siblings to give up their hopes and dreams just so they could be near you?

Please share your fears and thoughts about leaving behind those you love.

How do you manage it? Does it stop you from travelling?

Read more reasons why you won’t travel and what to do:

  1. I have too many responsibilities
  2. My career will suffer
  3. It’s not safe and I’ll be alone
  4. I don’t have any money
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46 thoughts on “Reason Number 1 Why You Won’t Travel: Family and friends”

  1. I left everyone dear to me 7 years ago when I emigrated to Australia from the UK. I worried about my parents, but my own young family had to come first, I couldn’t stay in London and put them in daycare, in Australia we were free to be a family, that was more important. My friends are still at home, I’ll be seeing them when we visit at Christmas, that never changes. Most people don’t travel for so long that relationships would be affected, a year away is neither here nor there, everything will be the same when you get back. You’re absolutely right that travel helps you socially. Travel gave me confidence in my own abilities and started to define who I am. I am a traveller, everyone knows that now, I know parts of the world they can only imagine and my love of learning through travel is as strong as it always was. I feel knowledgeable and accomplished and that’s a good feeling.

    1. It’s rare that I have met someone who has regretted the decision to travel and has had a negative impact upon relationships because of it. It’s always a resounding, “The sacrifice was worth it!” The world is so small these days that it hardly ever feels like you are separated or missing much

  2. I too left my family when I moved to Australia 12 years ago. It was really hard in some ways, because for several reasons my family could not easily come visit. I think it helps to have enough spare cash that you can fly home in a hurry if you need to. I’m also trying to be better about calling regularly. But in the end, as you say, you’ve got to live your own life and do what makes you happy. I’m looking forward to the rest of your series.

    1. Thanks Lynette. It is tough to do the regular calling. You get so involved in the life you’re living and trying to time calls overseas is also really hard. Skype was the best invention ever. It helped make us feel better about taking the kids away. Now, at least our parents can see them. You gotta live your life in a way that makes you most happy. There is no other way.

  3. *Excellent* post. It has a lot of truths that many potential travellers need to hear. I know I felt some of these things before I moved overseas at 25 but I knew I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t go and being abroad for 6 years changed my life in a huge number of positive ways. And the important family and friends learnt to understand that.

    1. Absolutely. And I think in the end when they see how happy you are and how much you have changed for the better, they learn to accept that having you gone was a good and important thing to happen.

  4. Caz, we have two little ones too, and I completely understand freaking out about things that are just way too remote to happen.

    I remember, before we took our kids to Morocco, dreaming night after night about our kids getting stung by a scorpion when they pulled on their shoes. First of all, we were all wearing sandals full time (making it almost impossible for a scorpion to hide in there), and second of all, there were likely scorpions in Spain (where we were staying before Morocco) as well. I finally came to peace with my worry when I just realized it was my subconscious trying, always, to protect them. Not to say it doesn’t drive me crazy sometimes.

    We did go to Morocco, and had a fantastic trip of a lifetime. The kids got to ride camels, and sleep in a tent in the desert, and walk the souks of Marrakesh. And not a single scorpion in sight 🙂

    1. It’s so funny how crazy your mind goes once you start having kids! I’ve been worried about scorpions a bit knowing we are heading into that territory soon.

      The strangest thing is just the other week, Kalyra walked within inches of a snake on our hike, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever!! Apparently snakes don’t freak me out too much 😉

  5. Great post! Very insightful! But what do you do if your spouse is bound by work and they don’t have the same burning desire to travel as you do?

    1. Betty-Why don’t you go travelling by yourself? If you have kids, it might be a difficult to do this, but if it is just you & him-what is stopping you? Or go with a friend or another relative? You never know, he might change his mind once you start organising your holiday when you come back raving about all your fantastic experiences.
      Caz-wonderful post, you have written what I have thought for years, change and fear holds people back. Travelling creates so many opportunities and makes you a better person in so many ways.

    2. Oh I really need to write a post on this separately. It has been on my list for awhile as I do receive a lot of emails about this. It’s a tough one. It’s hard to have one person in a relationship sacrifice in such a big way. I think the best way is to start small. Arrange small getaways, and then perhaps a 2 week holiday to get your partner used to how wonderful it is. Each time stretch it out a little more. Aim for a month long, then 2 months, then soon he will start to see the benefits of travel and may be more inclined to let the work go for more travel.

      I also think Lisa’s idea is a good one. I know plenty of people who still go on their own adventures even when their partner’s aren’t interested.

  6. Li @ Affitto Vacanze Toscana

    Nice and interesting post! As I love to travel but it didn’t mean that you have to leave your family or friends. I had travel almost all the countries of Europe but still I am with my family and friends. You can also enjoy your traveling with your family and friends. It’s my opinion… Thanks for your great post!

  7. As a daughter and a mother, I completely relate to this heartwarming and compassionate post. I think if everyone approached travelling with your tips tucked away somewhere handy, it would be a whole lot easier for everyone.

  8. Great post. I have just finished a nine months of traveling and my solution was to come back home periodically both to not mix the destinations with each other and see family and friend. It did work out perfect for me.

    1. Yes, great idea. I’ve always found ways to either come back home for a visit, or have family or friends meet up with us while we are away. I love involving family on our travels, it’s very special.

  9. Very good advice…I’m currently spending three months traveling on my own in Italy (and a few jaunts to other countries) before meeting back up with family for the holidays and, while I miss my friends and family like crazy, I know I made the right choice to go for it while I can! School was always the thing that prevented me from going, but I decided to take a few years off between undergrad and grad school and I know it was the right choice.

    Bookmarking this page to send it to a friend who needs to hear this!

  10. Leaving my family has never, ever stopped me from travelling. They’ve (mostly) been very supportive. I always explain plans thoroughly, put anxious minds to rest regarding things like safety (my mum wasn’t too happy when I told her I was going to Colombia), and most of all, keep in touch through things like Facebook and Whatsapp. As for partners…well that’s a very different thing that I haven’t quite figured out yet.

  11. I moved to Canada 2 years ago with my man even though it was hard to leave my family. My father had passed away the year before and everyone kept asking me how my mum would cope without me. It made it very hard to leave her, but it also made her book some holidays to come and visit us. She never wanted us to stay behind just for her and my dad would have been the same. My parents have always been supportive of my brother and I and our want to travel. We have a rule that we talk at least once a week if it is on the phone or skype. Technology these days makes travelling and keeping in contact a lot easier.

  12. Bravo.. dear Caz,

    Exceptionally well spoken/written article, truly inspirational..
    ….YOU, are a inspiring woman….

    Cheers Annie

  13. Brilliant article! I moved to Australia in March and my parents can’t get used to it and tried to get me to stay. Makes you feel pretty guilty, but they do need to let you go.

    1. It’s tough for the parents I’m sure they will warm to it soon enough. STay in contact with them and keep them a part of your journey as much as you can.

  14. This is such a hard topic for me because it really is one of the main reasons that I have for not moving abroad (the #1 reason: lack of income security). I’ve lived away from my family for long periods of time. I know that it gets easier, and most of the time, you don’t notice that you’re away from them. But then I’d end up spending vacation time going back home to visit because I longed to see them. So I compromised by moving back home so I could see them and actually spend my vacation time traveling. I’m a single woman in my mid-30s. I love being close to my nieces and nephews, especially because I don’t have children of my own. I don’t know… I go back and forth on this all the time. For right now, I’ve chosen to stay close to my family, and I feel good about that choice. But I am always rethinking it, too.

    1. It sounds like you have found the right balance for you. There’s nothing wrong with staying close to your family and then travelling when you can. It’s how many people choose to do it and as long as you are happy and at peace then it is perfect. It’s probably the most heart wrenching decision to make in regards to travel, it’s the money one that always is the biggest objection as to why most people won’t travel.

  15. Thanks Caz! I go back and forth on this too, constantly changing my mind on where to live and agree most holidays might be spent popping home, it’s deemed selfish if you actually want a holiday that doesn’t involve going home! I’d love to be closer to my sister, I’d love to bring them all with me!xx

  16. Amazing post! my current situation is that i’m leaving my home country for good in 10 days, and i’m the only child my mom got, of couse she is sad about me leaving but then again she says “if this is really want i want then i should do it” so i guess in that regard i got her support, much like you talk about caz. it was great reading your post and it gave me some insight into how my mom could or would be thinking and so on. Thanks for that 🙂

    1. Pleasure David. I’m glad your Mum is so supportive. It’s a hard choice, but you gotta follow your heart. It works out better for everyone.

  17. When I was 22 my partner and I moved 3,000 miles away from home. After three years and having a baby, I thought it would be good to move back close to family and friends. It was fine for me, but my husband hated it and wanted to go back to our new place almost right away. Interestingly, my mom, who had visited us at our new place and had seen how good the new place was for us, was his biggest supporter in this. She promised to visit us on her three weeks vacation every year, kept that promise, and all our lives were richer for it. It gave her a good excuse to get away from the day-to-day.
    So parents may surprise you and be totally won over to the idea of you leaving.
    It’s so funny now, though. I’ve got the travel itch and what’s holding me back is my daughter and her young family and all her expectations of what a good grama should be. So I just want to point out to all the commenters that maybe your parents aren’t thinking what you imagine – maybe they are just itching to get out of there but feel held back by you!! hmmmm
    And for those of you still living at home – mom would probably just love to turn your room into a sewing room/art studio! So go.

    1. I so love this Millie! Thank you for sharing. I love your perspective. One thing I thought about in leaving this time was the relief our parents could have possibly felt. It always weighed heavily on me how much we relied upon them. I really didn’t feel it was right. They’ve had their years rearing children and they should be enjoying their years of retirement. Even though I know they would have loved us to stay and they miss us and the kids a lot, I was happy that they could reclaim more of their time back for themselves.

      My Mum and Dad just recently told my younger sister, that she needed to go and live in London for awhile and travel the world. She was surprised to hear them say that. I think, after years of seeing myself and my brother do it, they realize the benefits it can give to her. Plus, my Mum has been galivanting around the world recently and has a bit of the travel bug herself. I think she just wants an excuse to go to London again 😉

  18. Great post! Makes it sound so easy! (although family is never easy)

    Another tip I would add to smoothing over the parents:

    -Assuming you have already convinced them that this is something you NEED to do yet they still have hesitations… now what? Why not compromise and put a deadline on it to put them at ease.

    EXAMPLE: “Mom, you know this is really important to me and I will regret it forever if I don’t give it a fair shot. I would really like your support but I know you have some reservations. Let’s compromise here… How about a 2-week trial (or whatever time frame makes sense) where I give it my all, and you support me 100%. At the end of that period we can re-evaluate, how does that sound? Thanks! You will see me XYZ harder/better than ever before and after you see how passionate I am I know you will support me in the future”
    ***Then wow them in whatever what you need during the trial period… I bet you just earned their support forever 🙂

    1. Great idea, thanks for contributing that. I could see that working well, especially with those who have just finished school and want to take a gap year before college.

  19. This post was really inspiring. I am currently planning and saving for a year of working/living abroad and am planning on telling my family about it this weekend. I am so excited for this adventure and have been working toward it for a few months but have dreaded telling my family as I know they won’t want me gone for a whole year. I know they want the best for me, but sometimes it is hard for them to understand that the life I want is different from what they want for me or even think that I want. I’ve already come up with all of the reasons to give them and answers to many of the questions I’m sure they’ll have, but reading this post was just the final bit of inspiration that I needed. Thank you for that.


  20. Hi, thanks for the post. I do agree with you, but my situation is completely different and I am very lost.. Basically years ago, my mom got her mentally sick brother to come live with her and now she is the only one who takes care of him. She can’t leave him alone for more than a day, so is she has to go anywhere for longer, I am the one who helps her out. She can’t hire anyone to take care of him, because he gets really weird around people and that ends up affecting her..

    I am dying to move somewhere. But at the same time, I know it will not only break my mom’s heart but also hold her prisoner in her own house. It is really a Catch 22 situation. Do I follow my heart and break hers or do I stay for her but end up with resentment?

    Any advice here?

    1. Tough situation Marina. I can’t really advise you on it, but to say it’s your life and even though you feel obligated because you are a wonderful daughter, you really shouldn’t. It was your Mum’s choice and you shouldn’t give up your life because of it. But, I understand how you feel and what a difficult choice it is. I’d spend some time meditating on it and listen to your gut- it will tell the truth. And why not talk to your Mum about it? She might surprise you with support.

  21. Lisa @ Xpedition Girl

    You can do it! Keep blogging! I love following you all and think you are super woman for doing it all!

  22. I found this article incredibly self-righteous. Especially, “There are only two reasons why this is a problem. You really don’t want to travel, or you are using your family and friends as an excuse.”

    My father has expressed concerns about his health. I’m worried that something may happen while I am away on another long-term backpacking trip. I’m also concerned that I am causing additional stress on him which is definitely not helping his health.

    You’ve made a sweeping generalization.

    1. Okay understand. So I’m not sure why you have a problem then, you know what you need to do. This post is more for the majority of people, your case is an exception, so there’s no need to get upset, or take offence, if you are totally accepting and understanding of your own situation. This post wasn’t written to offend, you’re just taking it that way because of your own personal situation. And it is a sweeping generalization in a way as I’m not talking directly to you even though you think I am. Please get to know me before you call me self-righteous because its not true. And if you were part of our community for the past 4 years you’d know this to be true.

    2. Okay understand. So I’m not sure why you have a problem then, you know what you need to do. This post is more for the majority of people, your case is an exception, so there’s no need to get upset, or take offence, if you are totally accepting and understanding of your own situation. This post wasn’t written to offend, you’re just taking it that way because of your own personal situation. Please get to know me before you call me self-righteous because its not true. And if you were part of our community for the past 4 years you’d know this to be so. I hope your father gets better soon.

  23. I am 22 years old and always had a passion for traveling. I live in La Crosse, WI and have been here my whole life. My wife is from Germany and is a missionaries daughter. She is also a free spirit and loves adventure. We have a great life here but we both know what is out there and want to explore/live in a new place. Both of are families are within a 2 hour radius and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. We thought about buying a house but I knew if we did that I would regret staying in the same place I grow up in. Anyways we have photography gigs that are holding us here through the summer and we plan on leaving in the fall. I think the biggest thing that is holding me back is the fear of the unknown. I have been looking for a job out in Oregon but I know that most employers don’t even consider people from out of state. We have enough money to take that leap of faith and dive into the unknown; But I can always hear my mothers voice in the back of my head telling me that you are going to lose a great job and things always seem better somewhere else but that’s not true. They fully support me when traveling over seas but I know that’s because I have to come back home then. I know its time to leave the life that could be simple and happy but won’t allow me to spread my wings. This is a new chapter of my life that I need to go explore the unknown with my wife. I believe it can’t go wrong, there is always a job out there and money to be made. I will always have my wife by my side and that’s the main focus of the remainder of my book of life.

  24. I have been debating living a life of travel for awhile now. It’s where my heart is. I am currently in school for aerospace engineering and I have realized that is not really what I want to do. It isn’t going to give me the opportunities I want out of life. I didn’t know how to approach my parents about it, but I did last week. I need to follow up with some of these tips. They are super helpful. And if you have any tips for a 21 year old looking for work abroad that would be greatly appreciated!!

      1. I don’t think this is entirely fair and i think it’s probably a bit inaccurate to say this applies to the majority. i am married with two young children and am a senior nurse, as is my wife; i am desperate to emigrate permanently (canada or new zealand) or at least have a trial period in one of those two countries. my wife, despite some curiousity, flatly refuses to do so. She is close to her parents and family and will not move no matter how things deteriorate for us at work, which they really are in the nhs. What would you suggest i do? leave my family behind? i couldn’t cope without my children so your two reasons for people not travelling probably apply to far more people than you think. Well done to you two for finding a way to do it, but if one partner says no, then that is a massive hurdle that can’t be overcome without serious heartache.

    1. Hey. I was in a very similar situation to you. Got into my final year of a Physics degree in the UK and realised that I wanted nothing to do with it… for the near future at least. My parents took a lot of winning over. As I’m sure you’ve heard you could start a great career and make lots of money and if you travel it will be too late and nobody will want to hire you. My advice would be to let them know how serious you are about it and how much you want to do it. It wasn’t until I bought my ticket that they stopped trying to talk me out of it. I’m currently living in New Zealand and am surprisingly the youngest traveller I’ve met (now 22). Most seem to be mid-late twenties so working out you want to travel this early is in your favour. In terms of work it’s a bit of a leap of faith. You can try to organise jobs in advance but my experience was more of a frantic job search when I got here. I’d definitely try to save a back up fund because starting up a new life has its start up costs. Also be smart about when you travel. In travelling hotspots more jobs will be available just before the peak seasons. If you turn up mid season many of the jobs will likely be gone. All anecdotal but hope it helps 🙂 Happy to answer any questions you have.

  25. I really want to travel and see as much of this beautiful world as possible and I’m currently getting everything together. I found this article very helpful and I think I related to it a lot. Thank you.

  26. Hi,
    I’m Sarah.
    I’m keen on traveling, even excited.
    I have troubles in regards to relationships with guys and even with friends.
    I’m going to some spiritual places which many will say changes your soul.
    I am actually soul searching..
    If I leave I know them very well. Surely they’ll probably hang around and wait for my return.
    But.. what if I return a different self so to say.
    What if I feel differently about some of them, how do i turn away without it making me feel guilty.
    It’s keeping me back from travel , as I know I’ll come back different. Can this be an insecurity?
    Or am i being crazy?

    Just some thoughts running through my mind.
    Although I’ve always wanted to travel

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