When you are planning a long trip, cross continent, you can never have enough information. I remember a friend in Spain would make me see him for coffee for a year before he actually left for his RTW trip. He just wanted reassurance, support, chat, my guidebooks, website links, anything, because taking that final step is not the easiest thing to do, especially when you are leaving behind a full-time job and family.
So on that note, here’s another website that will certainly encourage those wanting to take the plunge, or who have taken the plunge: How-to-travel-the-world.com. It’s got a good amount of basic information and support, and more importantly, the content has input from various long term travelers (although it is not clear who they are), and is edited by Matthew Kepnes of webiste Nomadic Matt. I had a few issues loading the site pages, but that could be an issue with the local servers here in Dubai.
Since I’ve just quit my vagabonding stint and am still in the transition slump, I went straight to the “Coming Home” section, which does not often exist on travel websites. I liked what I read, so here’s an excerpt:
“Coming home from traveling around the world is the hard. There’s a mixture of emotions: excitement, anxiety, fear, joy, and nervousness. After the honeymoon is over and reality sets in, people are left feeling a little lost. You spent a long time preparing for the road, a long time on the road, and then suddenly, it’s over. Just like that. It’s as though someone slammed on the brakes to your life and, for many people, that can be kind of depressing. Coming home is more about coping mentally than doing anything.
Coming home is about adjusting back into the world you left and focusing on taking what you learned and applying it to your daily life. Many long term travelers end up leaving, afflicted by a virus that will never be cured. Others stay home because their trip taught them they missed the most was what they left behind. Either way, we all come home eventually and we’ll need to know how to cope with that experience.”
Yup. That’d be true. Check them out when you have a minute, especially if you’re planning a trip.