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What stops people from going abroad?

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What psychological barriers stop you from going abroad?

The prospect of finding a job in a new country is too daunting
I don't know where to start
No votes
I'm worried that people will scam me/take advantage of me
No votes
I'm skeptical/having doubts that it'd be worth it
No votes
Fear of homesickness
I don't yet feel confident enough to travel alone
No votes
Total votes : 2

What stops people from going abroad?

Postby mattyman » Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:51 pm

Of all those people who are in an unhappy place, and who are not doing anything about it, I simply want to find out WHY? I have strong reason to believe that a lot of the people who talk and don't act are facing barriers that if not financial, are psychological.

I just want to have a quick probe about and get an understanding of what people's main fears are with regards to travelling or living abroad.

I've already had a few stints in Spain, France, Italy and the Netherlands, doing various volunteering gigs and travelling alone. This has been good practice for more serious longer term travel. I'm very well aware of some of the concerns some people might face when travelling alone.

If you are tired of a crappy social environment, unapproachable women and want to gain access to better pickings overseas, but for some reason can't summon up the courage, please take a moment to fill out this poll.

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Postby Billy » Fri Oct 10, 2014 7:15 pm

It´s damn expensive and you need ass long time to adapt mainly to poor shit hole countries where your legal rights are almost non existent. You are on your own without help from your friends and family at home.

It´s not exactly rocket science.
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Postby Ghost » Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:26 am

For a long time, I allowed fear to hold me down. I knew I wanted to travel and even live abroad a few years ago. But It was less than two years ago that I finally did. And I regret that immensely.

Aside from fear, money was an issue. Not because I didn't have any, but because my job prospects are so bad at home. I could stack $10K, but it might take me more than a year at home to do it. So once I realized I could be an English teacher and fund my travels abroad, it was only a matter of time until fear alone wouldn't be able to hold me back. It helps quite a bit that I really like teaching English, especially as a foreign language. And I love language in general. Anywhere I would go, I would try to gain some ability in the local language and I dream of being bilingual. So that all fit together to help me overcome my fears.

Other than that, pressure from family to stay here is hard to deal with. But it didn't stop me the first time, so it won't stop me again.

I would say the biggest overall fear is somehow becoming unable to go abroad from lack of money/resources to do it. But so far, I'm at least keeping my head above water on that end.
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