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  1. Brock
    September 23, 2015

    The US wants their dollar to be circulated in the states, and not spent out of the country. So what they do is share only the negative stories about other countries with us…so all we hear are bad and scary things. It breeds fear. It convinces us that everywhere else is dangerous.

    Sad. But that’s truly what I Feel is happening.

    2 sides to every story. Numbers don’t lie. Most places around the world are safer than our own.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      September 26, 2015

      That could be why. It also fits into the general culture of fear that the US lives under. People are more easily controlled if they don’t leave and don’t see the grass on the other side of the fence methinks.

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  2. Claus Gurumeta
    September 22, 2015

    Great article, and so true!

    On the safety one, I always try to discredit people’s safety concerns when abroad. Having grow up in Mexico, it really bothers me when people think it’s an insanely dangerous country, because the truth is that, at least per capita, most places in Mexico are safe! I never knew the stats you mentioned though… I’m never sitting on my couch again! 😉

    I also often get the “you’re so lucky” and “you must be rich” comments, often used in a derogative way to try (not successfully) to make me feel bad about myself. Yes, I have had the opportunity to travel extensively, especially in the last few years, but it’s neither due to luck nor riches. I work hard to earn money, and then spend that money on travel, instead of material things, as that is what makes me happy!

    Never been on a long-term trip like yours though. I’d love to in a way, but not sure what i’d do to keep afloat, so instead what i do is work hard for a while, then go on on an adventure.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      September 23, 2015

      There is a great infographic about safety in Mexico versus cities in the US. Really highlights the absurdity of the thought that traveling in Mexico is dangerous.

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  3. Bettina
    September 21, 2015

    Ahhh! More likely to be killed by your own furniture than riding on trains! Love it! I think that’s probably the most annoying point people bring up when I talk to them about travel. When I tell them I’m travelling by myself, they often tell me to “be careful” (I wasn’t already? haha) Will be using the couch line next time! Thanks for the great read 😀

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    • Talon Windwalker
      September 22, 2015

      Better to ride the train than the couch, apparently. 😉

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  4. Exploramum
    September 21, 2015

    A good article Talon.
    You write about some good points and ‘misconceptions’.
    Travel is certainly NOT an easy life.
    But it is a choice we as parents have made to spend more quality time with our child / children, and to educate this way.
    You have been traveling a long time, so you qualify as an ‘expert’, IMO.
    I might also add that it can be a lonely life at times when you miss the friends you make along the way. But then you can have a lonely life in a big city too.
    But i would add it brings riches that money cannot buy.
    Well done on selecting a very relevant topic!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      September 22, 2015

      Friends are definitely a hard one when you’re on the road for a while. Having local friends is one of the things I miss the most.

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  5. Poi
    September 21, 2015

    I know the safety thing comes up a lot in the media but do you really hear it from people you know at home as well? (this is meant to sound like a question rather than me calling you a liar haha). It’s not something we’ve ever really come across at home.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      September 22, 2015

      I think it’s mostly an American (USA) problem. I hear and read it ALL the time. It’s ridiculous.

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