I was in that world, too, and I was really jealous of everybody I knew who traveled. Because my parents did not have a lot of money, and as I had a disability, they discouraged me against traveling anywhere (except to Quebec to study French, and with them at other times). When I entered the work world, I was so desperate to fit in that I allowed my employers to make it so I essentially could not go anywhere beyond Santa Barbara (I had vacation days, but I could not take them at once). However, thanks to having an avid golfer boyfriend, I got to travel. But most of the time, I had to submit to his needs—to visit places with golf (though I love Hawaii and Mexico!).
I totally understand why you feel your life is missing something because you don’t travel.
…. Then, one day, I woke up at 32 with no job, boyfriend, and a lot of advice to give up and move back to Chicago to live with my parents. That was not going to happen, so I initially set out to become a teacher (where there are pockets of the year where one can travel), and spent time between my two lives being a tourist in my own city (Los Angeles) and other nearby places. I remembered why I moved out West. Then, I became a freelance writer and found I could make my opportunities to travel beyond California—in other words, make my own luck and opportunities to go overseas.
- I am an Indian. How much do I have to save before I can go to New York on vacation?
- What country is best for a first time traveller?
- I want to quit my job and travel the world, but I will indefinitely lose my H-1B visa even though I'm only 1 year into it. Should I reconsider?
- Would I be able to get by with a $2000 budget if I travel to India for three weeks?
- Welche Schritte sollte ich befolgen, um eine großartige Reise zu planen?
After 15 years of doing this, where travel may be drying up (in terms of professional opportunities and competition from younger writers), and I am looking to change careers by the end of this year if something doesn’t “give” in my career scenario, I realized it is true that happiness does come from within.
Although I visited many places, the best trips I had were those where I was comfortable in my own skin, and knew I had the resources and curiosity to explore the destination, and was not worried about being judged.
A suggestion I have started to follow was by looking into MeetUp groups where i could discover new places in my area and meet like minded people—this is why we travel, after all.