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My recent overseas travel experience.

Postby rainbanz » November 9th, 2017, 11:35 pm

I remember the first time I booked a flight to a foreign country.

I was terrified.

I'd never traveled outside the U.S. on my own before. In the days leading up to my flight, just thinking about my flight made my heart pound. I'm not normally afraid of flying, but that flight in particular was nerve wrecking.

Then I landed Moscow. And within a week ...

I felt a sense of freedom like nothing I've experienced before.

All my fears disappeared. What I realized was that the world is that traveling the world is easy.

Before I went traveling, the world was this big unknown in my mind. All kinds of things could go wrong.

But once I was actually there, I saw how straightforward the world is. Everything from healthcare to renting an apartment/or hotels, from transportation to making friends - is actually a lot easier abroad than at home.

Example: getting an apartment in the U.S. involves credit checks, signing leases, all kinds of complicated stuff. In 95% of the world, you just pay someone money and they give you keys. The same is true of cars, healthcare, etc. The world is simple and easy to navigate - it's America that's complicated.

Once I realized this ...

A Whole New World of Possibilities Opened Up

I realized - could handle this. Not only could I handle this, but it was easy. And my options in life - what I could choose to do - suddenly became a lot wider.

I could climb a volcano in Philippines, then fly to Poland and ski the next week. I could go meditate in India, then dance to Bogota, Colombia. That sense of freedom - and open possibilities - is priceless.

I think anyone who's traveled more than a few weeks knows that feeling. That feeling of diving head first into the unknown and journeying into endless possibilities.

Have you felt this before? If not, what are you waiting for?

- Rain
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Re: My recent overseas travel experience.

Postby MrMan » November 10th, 2017, 3:34 am

A lot of these things require having money. A lot of the posters on this forum complain about not having a good job.
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Re: My recent overseas travel experience.

Postby Randolph » November 14th, 2017, 5:09 am

A lot of people either have a permanent job that ties them down or little money.

But, most people do vastly less than what they are capable of doing. Getting out of North America is possible for ordinary people.
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Re: My recent overseas travel experience.

Postby NorthAmericanguy » November 15th, 2017, 7:13 pm

rainbanz wrote:I remember the first time I booked a flight to a foreign country.

I was terrified.

I'd never traveled outside the U.S. on my own before. In the days leading up to my flight, just thinking about my flight made my heart pound. I'm not normally afraid of flying, but that flight in particular was nerve wrecking.

Then I landed Moscow. And within a week ...

I felt a sense of freedom like nothing I've experienced before.

All my fears disappeared. What I realized was that the world is that traveling the world is easy.

Before I went traveling, the world was this big unknown in my mind. All kinds of things could go wrong.

But once I was actually there, I saw how straightforward the world is. Everything from healthcare to renting an apartment/or hotels, from transportation to making friends - is actually a lot easier abroad than at home.

Example: getting an apartment in the U.S. involves credit checks, signing leases, all kinds of complicated stuff. In 95% of the world, you just pay someone money and they give you keys. The same is true of cars, healthcare, etc. The world is simple and easy to navigate - it's America that's complicated.

Once I realized this ...

A Whole New World of Possibilities Opened Up

I realized - could handle this. Not only could I handle this, but it was easy. And my options in life - what I could choose to do - suddenly became a lot wider.

I could climb a volcano in Philippines, then fly to Poland and ski the next week. I could go meditate in India, then dance to Bogota, Colombia. That sense of freedom - and open possibilities - is priceless.

I think anyone who's traveled more than a few weeks knows that feeling. That feeling of diving head first into the unknown and journeying into endless possibilities.

Have you felt this before? If not, what are you waiting for?

- Rain


Congratulations on your trip. As far as what's in bold, America use to be like that in the 80s and further back. What happened however is a combination of people who have ruined and taken advantage of people's kindness by trashing rental property or commiting horrible crimes along with big companies who bought up most of the real estate and have strict renting standards opposed to individual owners who are more forgiving.
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Re: My recent overseas travel experience.

Postby Yohan » November 16th, 2017, 5:39 am

To get on an airplane for a long overseas flight and to explore other parts of this world is never wrong. It is also not wrong to try to learn foreign languages and to communicate with foreigners. This is especially true for US-citizens who doubt if USA is really 'the paradise on earth'.
Might be that travel costs money, but I can assure you you will never regret any of your trips.

Let me add, I am not from USA and for me USA is also an interesting place to visit.
It is a wide country, however unfortunately social life is not the best, friendly communication among people, especially between men and women is not as it should be, the dating scene is broken and full with mistrusting and overdemanding females. There are also other social problems in USA, like racist tensions, a huge prison population, and exorbitant medical fees.

Please do not misunderstand me, I am not saying USA is bad and all the others are good. USA has its problems, but it is also far away from being the worst on earth. However with frequent travel to overseas to different countries you learn how to compare them to each other - what is better or worse here and there - and this is really a good thing. You become more critical and sceptical about what you hear in the daily news, you are not the typical mainstream person anymore who is sitting in his little city in the States and is not even holding a passport.
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Re: My recent overseas travel experience.

Postby Yohan » November 16th, 2017, 6:10 am

Randolph wrote:A lot of people either have a permanent job that ties them down or little money.

But, most people do vastly less than what they are capable of doing. Getting out of North America is possible for ordinary people.


Getting away for a short time is indeed possible for many people in USA if they are interested to do so.
However to settle down permanently somewhere else and to find reasonable employment is not so easy.

Of course the other situation might be, that you really have some money and do not need to work anything anymore, like receiving a good retirement allowance. In this case however the disadvantage might be your age.

It's simply said, this world is not perfect for us. We can only check, compare and have to decide what MIGHT be the best solution for us - some men have no problems in the Western world, they stay... and others like I myself had a lot of difficulties and moved away.

It's up to yourself to decide what is the best for you. The worst is if you sit down - doing nothing - and complain about your bad life...
Don't do that, be active and try to find a solution if you are dissatisfied with your present situation.
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