If you are looking at this site then I assume you are at least a little bit interested in traveling, but perhaps you are a bit hesitant to get out there and start exploring. International travel may seem overwhelming to someone who's never tried it. Thinking about language, different cultures, passports and visas even food and lodging can be intimidating. But in actuality, it really isn't all that difficult.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
Don't just take our word for it, take a look at these travelogues of people who have put a pause in their daily lives and gone on the road for a year or so:
Wired 2 the World (www.wired2theworld.com) - Kristina and David visit 19 countries in nine months experiencing cooking classes in Thailand and Bali, diving on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, trekking in Nepal, castles in Switzerland, Spain, and Portugal and much, much more!
The Great Out There World Tour (www.gonewalkabout.com/got/) - A 14 month, 19 country wander of the planet by Sean Connolly.
Around the World Journal (www.farofflands.com/atwj/) - Russell Gilbert cronicles a 9 month trip through 26 countries accompanied by his wife. This is one of the original around the world travelogues put up on the web and still one of the best.
Everything Everywhere: Doing what you've always wanted to do! (www.everything-everywhere.com/) - Gary Arndt has been traveling and blogging around the world since March 2007 and has a wonderful blog with a huge number of photographs covering 40 countries (and still going).
You will find that most of them say it was the most incredible experience of their lives and they never regretted it. All their fears about work and money coming back home were also unfounded, they picked up where they left off, or even in better shape. If they can do it - so can you.