Leaving it all and start walking the world. It sounds great, beautiful, enticing. As soon as you hear the idea, you immediately think that it is what everyone should be doing with their lives. Then why isn’t that the case? Well, simply put, it is also quite scary. Right now, just few months away from the “leave it all and walk” moment, we can’t help but entertain some of our biggest fears of travel regarding such an endless journey. Let’s go over the top ones:
No. 10 – Insecurity.
It’s probably the most common fear of travel, and one I’m sure you can all agree with it. Leaving the comfort of your house means getting yourself out in the open and becoming much more vulnerable (both to good and bad things). Of course, we don’t fear having our backpacks or gadgets stolen as much as getting hurt (or seeing the other one getting hurt, which is actually much worse). Fortunately enough, it’s a fear that tends to be somewhat overrated. It’s true that, while traveling, you have to be cautious and know where you’re going and how to behave, but it’s something that you need to do in your hometown as well. From our own experience, most of this “insecurity” can be avoided by just planning ahead and being smart. And if it so happens that someone stole your phone, just think about the silver lining and remember that, after all, such a trip implies to get in touch with the world and to open yourself up. Phones come and go, life experiences are forever.
No. 9 – Diseases.
Yes, it’s never nice hearing in the news that there’s some outbreak of a certain disease in a place you want to visit (actually, it’s not nice hearing about an outbreak at all). At least, it makes you think twice about your itinerary. Still, just like in the last point, it helps to gather info beforehand and to know what steps to take in order to remain safe. Since it’s one of our fears, and one that we take seriously for we are not going to live in luxury, we’re planning to get the recommended vaccinations and equip ourselves with some basic medical resources. From there on out, it’s knowing what you eat, what you drink and what you should pay attention to. In that sense, talking with the locals, staying in touch with the online community and learning from the experiences of others seems to be crucial to stay one step ahead of the game.
No. 8 – Lack of income.
It seems to be the main point nonbelievers bring up when you talk about what you plan to do. And it sticks with you, whether you like it or not. We believe that when there is a will there is a way and that, in this world, opportunities abound for such a lifestyle (there is enough evidence in the web that such a thing is more than possible). One thing we know is that we’re not going on vacation, and that we’re simply choosing a life in which work and recreation are not so easily separated. Still, just to give our minds a little peace, we are working on our savings so as to know we have something to lie back on. After that, we expect to teach, share, create, care for others, write and many other things not only to make a living, but also to make a life.
No. 7 – Losing potential career building years.
This is not a fear per se, but more of a consequence of our choice. Of course, we’re talking about career in the traditional sense of the word, which implies that you have to work 24-7 at an office and build up your CV. Still, there’s a fear implied in it, a tiny yet dark cloud in the blue horizon of your decision. You are choosing a lifestyle (which will probably exclude you forever from any other) and you still don’t know how it’s going to turn out, so it’s impossible not to wander about where the grass is going to be greener. Anyhow, it’s also true that some careers are more than possible while living on the road, and using creativity and time management goes a long way. Setting this fear aside, we’re excited about being our own bosses and reaping our own rewards. You should not only do what makes you happy, but also take the difficult choices that get you to do that.
No. 6 – Not adjusting to an austere lifestyle.
Something we want and expect is to be more “stuff-free”. In a normal lifestyle, you’re always too concerned about what you have and what you don’t. And it seems the more you have, the more cluttered your mind is. We want to be able to sleep wherever we have to, eat whatever we have to, and so forth, always focusing more on the company and the senses than on anything else. Still, the mind tends to paint ideal images that are afterwards distorted by real life. While we hold to our dream and expect it to be in a certain way, we are not blind to the fact that things may get really hard at some point. We are ready to face the music when the time comes, but we hope we’re going to enjoy the tune played.
No. 5 – It not being as great as expected.
As a corolary to the previous point, we are really afraid that what the world has to offer is not as good or as fulfilling as we may imagine. Quite honestly, we have found no evidence to support a statement like that, so we expect only the greatest. Still, each person is an universe and is affected by experiences differently, so no amount of evidence is going to give you a clear view unless you go out and see things for yourself. We are ready for just that.
No. 4 – Missing your own personal space.
While the “personal space” may be an invention of western psychology, it’s still a truth for many of us. Maybe you have a room, a place under a tree, a beach, a spot basically where you feel at home, removed from anything and anyone. Normally, this place is somewhere where you live, and this lifestyle in a way negates that. For some it may be easier, but we know that, for us, it will take some adjustment time to leave the past behind and not need that old personal space. Fortunately, we have each other, and that, in itself, creates a traveling sense of comfort that makes everything so much easier. We look up to those who can do all this on their own, for we don’t think we’d be able to.
No. 3 – The other choosing something different.
Choosing this lifestyle as a couple, and both wanting it equally, is something that brings us much closer. Still, we are conscious that, down the road, our experiences may impact each other differently, and that we may not agree about what to do next as regards the big picture. We don’t know if we could call it a fear, but we know that, going into this journey, we’d hate to be separated by anything (even life itself), so we’ll classify it as such.
No. 2 – Life goes on where you came from.
If your own life is totally yours or not is a philosofical question with many sides to it, but we can all agree that we don’t like seeing our loved ones getting hurt, and our absence does. True, you can’t really live your life always thinking about who’s not going to have you by his/her side, but it’s not something you can easily get off your mind either. We aren’t as concerned about our adjustment to this change as we are about the adjustment of our loved ones to it. Nevertheless, what we do know is that we’re always going to be there for those people, and that there’s no place in the world far enough to hold us from going back if someone needed us urgently. Oh, and god bless the web in this subject, as it definitely makes staying in touch much easier (without it, this decision would be a thousand times harder).
The thing is that we don’t care so much about being robbed, about not sleeping well, about not eating or about not adjusting. One of our worst fears of travel comes hand in hand with what could happen or what will certainly happen back home. You know that there’s a chance something bad may happen at any point and, when it occurs, it’s so much harder when you’re not there. It’s definitely difficult to say goodbye while hoping for a future hello but without being certain of it. In that sense, it’s impossible not to mention our families’ pets, which, while left in great hands, have a short life-spam and, therefore, each month away from them is a treasure you leave behind (that is actually true for any minute with any loved one). I think that many can relate to this point, and it’s probably the main reason why many stay put even when their hearts are telling them to go. For us, it’s a great enemy of our plan, but every decision has its drawbacks and we have made ours.
The absolute No. 1 – Losing our other half.
This fear explains itself. We can’t imagine anything worse than losing the other at one point (due to, for example, a bad judgment call) and having to go back alone. As far as fears go, the unspeakable one always comes first, and this is no exception. Still, we think that’s no reason not to get out there and live to the fullest. After all, death is certain, life is not, so you should fill it to the top.
So there you have it, folks, these are our deepest fears and concerns regarding leaving it all to travel the world and feed our souls. We know we have what it takes and we know that life is about facing your fears. That’s the only way you grow and truly experience life. If things go sour, we’ll still have each other, and that’s the icing on this cake we call living life our way. We really hope you face your fears too and that you choose the life you want. In the meantime, let us know if you ever shared these fears or if you had any others before your trips.
PS: Many thanks to Deb & Dave for letting us share this with all of you. You guys rock! (Aw, thanks guys! Dave and Deb)
Gise & Andy a few months aways from starting the adventure of a lifetime. As of next southern summer, they will be exploring the world, starting from Buenos Aires working their way up to to Alaska and across to Russia. It’s then on to explore southeast Asia. Europe would be next. Curious about From A to G? Find more about us at: