Not Feeling Crazy

Today’s email comes from Nick.

Hi Michael,
I would like to ask you for some “real” advice, I have tried just about every line of work that interests me, then eventually starting my own business, needless to say i remain unsatisfied , unhappy & most of all wanting more out of life…
The idea of selling all of my possessions and hitting the road has been in the back of my mind for ever a decade now.
I’m engaged by your stories and i would really love to do the same, however i do have some issues, I’m in a relationship for starters almost every family member,friends and relatives have walked out on me because I’m constantly unhappy with life and never satisfied. I am overall a really good guy, i am in love and happy in that part, but I just want more! and when i think of the idea of backpacking, I begin to glow from the inside out, the mere thought of it excites me to my inner core!
My hope is that You or someone out there see’s my comment and relates to how i feel….
I need to relate to people to feel grounded, and sane.
I also want to make sure I’m not doing this for the wrong reasons, and end up worse off than ever before….
Thanks again for sharing your experience’s

Believe it or not, I know exactly how you’re feeling. I thought that getting a raise at my job and my own apartment would make me happy but it did just the opposite. I tried to pursue happiness in ways other people told me I should be happy for. I had to make a drastic change in my life and I did.

Not many people know this but I left a relationship because I wanted to travel solo around the world. I’m not condoing you do the same but you should think about how much this means to you. Nobody wants to see you unhappy. If by traveling you feel more like yourself and happy, people will want to be around you more. Talk to your significant other and see he/she wants to do the same as you. Nobody is against you being happy. They’re just making sure you’re choosing a path that you’ve thought out well.

I’m not sure where you are from but in the US backpacking around the world is uncommon. My family and friend had never heard that it was even possible to do so. Once I left though I realized there are thousands of people just like me. While uncommon in the US, Australians seem to be taking gap-years quite often. I also had no idea there was such a huge industry for backpackers. SE Asia for example is a paradise for backpackers with hundreds of hostels, guest houses, and low-cost living. Even with all the blogs I read before leaving, I didn’t believe it was so well structured until I left.

Once you’ve decided that you’re going to travel, everything else falls into place. You’ll be amazed just how well the world aligns itself for you when you put your heart and soul into it.

[question]What advice do you have for Nick?[/question]

Have a question? Email me at contact(at)artofbackpacking(dot)com.

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