Feeling Guilty About Trip?

Jan 8th, 2009, 02:58 PM
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Hello zwho and fellow travelers;
Here is my 2 cents. My hubby and I are in our early 60's, fairly fit with no other responsibilites(do have one son/stepson, daughter in law and 2 grown grandchilden, recently found which is a story in itself). Anyway, we all only have one go around and no one should feel guilty about traveling or doing that which gives them joy. Some people pour all of their time into family, which is great!!! others into making a difference, wonderful!!! However, at the end of the road, if you can say what a life and I have no regrets. More power to you. So enjoy without guilt and as Sinatra said "I did it my way"!!!!
tucsontraveler is offline  
Jan 8th, 2009, 03:19 PM
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Let's not feel guilty, just very fortunate and privileged that we can venture far and wide.

We could also feel guilty that we have anywhere from adequate to specatcular indoor plumbing facilities when well over a billion people do not.

Or feel guilty about a full tummy, made a little too rotund of a tummy, when many go hungry.

That closet full of clothes, even if they are not expensive, is lots more than the tattered rags many wear, so there's another source of guilt.

Lots and lots of happy guilt-free travels to you all in 2009 and beyond.
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Jan 8th, 2009, 03:27 PM
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Remember the story about Mary Magdalene annointing Jesus feet with oil? Awesome that you care enough about the world, that you want to do something. Do it at some point, but not all the time. Guilt because you can't do it all, wash it away. Enjoy, make it a trip of a lifetime if you are going to go.

Went to France last year with spouse and two teens. Was told way too expensive, that we should wait. Trip of a lifetime, my kids will remember it forever, just like a special trip my parents took our family on, to the ancestral farm in Sweden back in the 1070s.
karrma is offline  
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:39 PM
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Due to the economy, I panicked and we canceled our dream trip to Italy in March fearing the economy.

We have been saving for over three years, had all of it covered in cash but we are already experiencing our credit lines being reduced and interest rates increased even with a 720+ credit scores.

I was afraid I get in an emergency situation and be stuck without any backup.

When my boss found out, he even threw in some cash as a "workaholic" bonus and said to live a little after I finished tax season.

Now I'm nervous about telling my staff since they all live on VERY tight budgets. I am even contemplating telling them I am driving home to visit my folks to avoid it. I don't want them to feel like I'm not sympathetic to their issues.

This economy has us all shivering in our boots.
nckatmandu is offline  
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:44 PM
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I just saw this post while looking something up.

In order for the global economy to recover, we need to spend money. If you can afford it, and only if you can afford it, you should not feel guilty and go. Think of it as doing your part to help the economy.

Make sure you make suitable donations to those in need along the way.
mpietropinto is offline  
Jan 8th, 2009, 06:11 PM
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I've planned a 2 week trip to Australia. I always research the least expensive way to get to my destination and watch for sales. My friends even ask me about how to find good prices and to help them plan their trips.
We also have a timeshare that has been paid for for about 15 years, so the exchange fee is usually all we have to pay. We usually get a unit that will sleep around six people, so we can share the costs when we get there. The timeshares usually have kitchens, so we can save money by cooking. We try to go out to dinner a few times, but usually make breakfast or pack a picnic during the day. We've been all over the world this way.
We also find inexpensive things to do while we're at our destination. When we went to Spain, we participated in an English-immersion-for-Spaniards program. The lodging & meals are all paid for, and one day during the program everyone goes on an excursion close by. We've met people from all over the world as well as made life-long Spanish friends. I've done this program 5 times in different cities and love it! All they require of you is to only speak English all day long with the Spaniards who have paid to attend this program. Some Spaniards' companies pay for their week, but a lot of people go for a lot of different reasons or needs. The English speaking people are from all over the world. It's really a very interesting week and a lot of fun! (Kind of like summer camp for adults!)
But, having said all this, right now, I feel guilty about my upcoming trip because I am worried about the economy. But, I'll probably get over it once I'm there.
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