I have been privileged enough to travel the world a lot in my life, from parents supporting me to go on club and choir trips in high school to studying abroad in Czech Republic during undergrad to working internationally for years with short-term assignments in Ukraine, Romania, Poland and Hungary, to traveling to France & to Indonesia with good friends to the most recent honeymoon trip.One of my dearest friends is in Tunisia with the foreign service right now, and another is moving to the Czech Republic and this passport is burning a hole in my desk drawer because I want to go see them so badly.
Even in small towns, I’d find the local shop and buy a postcard and send it, and they’d all say some version of the same thing: “” When my grandmother died, she left me two things: A pair of earrings from when she got her ears pierced to celebrate her 80th birthday and a box full of all the postcards I had ever sent her.
There’s a map of the world in the box and she’d drawn little dots on the place every time a postcard came to map my travels.
I bet if you started a “” at the forums you’d find some people who would want to live vicariously along with you and some potential new friends around the world.
I can vouch that the Paris, France Awkwardeers are LOVELY.
So I’m asking for 1) scripts to deal with my parents, because when they get into intervention mode I tend to shut down and not say anything, and 2) avenues to find emotional support for making my travel dreams happen.
Dear Nellie Bly, I am so excited for you and this potential life-changing year and trip.Think of your dreams as tiny crocus shoots coming up through the soil in early spring, when there might or might not be another killing frost before they can mature.You’ve got to protect those tiny vulnerable green shoots and not expose them to danger before they are ready to bloom.They told me that I should just keep the soulless job that I have and travel somewhere for two weeks every year. There’s a familiar pattern when it comes to my parental interactions: I want to do awesome, scary thing.They disagree with the thing, most of the time bringing up money or them not wanting to support me as the reason why it won’t work.You’re not being mean or lying if you stop including them in your planning.