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More Ways Travel Can Make Your Life Difficult


I got inspired to write this post a while ago after reading a piece by Caz of yTravel Blog, 21 ways travel can make your life difficult. While reading it I felt I could relate to several of the points, and I also thought about how I could add a few of my own.

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Gratuitous photo of Russian women dancing. Has nothing to do with the post… but what they’re doing is difficult.

Yes, travel. The dream. It, too, has problems of its own. Like Caz portrays in her post, it becomes a constant struggle between managing a home life and a life of big travel (much like I commented on in my post, Non-travel Life Musings), and it makes it so easy to become disconnected to friends and family living a more standard life.

Have you seen the movie, Up in the Air, with George Clooney? I’m a little late to the game, but I finally saw it last weekend, and I could totally relate on many levels. There are several people back home that I pretty much don’t exist to at this moment since I’m just never around.

And I guess my main point I’d like to add to this piece is along the same lines as being gone for an extended period of time. When you travel you risk the possibility of meeting the love of your life, and he just might be Australian (or French… or South American…). And that, people, has a way of making life pretty damn difficult, especially if you are the one to move to the country abroad to be with him.

I’m not going to go into the whole issue of what’s fair and what’s not in terms of an international relationship (like I did a couple of years ago in this post), but I will talk about how I had to go into the city to see a tax professional today to deal with potential international tax issues. That… is definitely not fun.

The reasoning behind it is fun, however, and maybe maybe maybe it will all work out, and you’ll get to hear more about it!

Still, dealing with taxes abroad is not a walk in the park.

Oh, travel, how has it made your life difficult?



9 Responses to More Ways Travel Can Make Your Life Difficult

  1. Caz Makepeace October 3, 2012 at 7:04 am #

    Ugh the dreaded taxes!! I can only imagine how bad it is here, we sure get charged enough! Doing our taxes in the States was really easy actually, but then again most things were!!
    I hope you get a favourable outcome.
    Funny, I finalized ours today over the phone. I always feel sick talking to my accountant, like I am doing something wrong.
    Thanks for being inspired by my post!
    Looking forward to finally catching up next week!! It’s been too long

    • Brooke October 4, 2012 at 8:03 am #

      I know, taxes make us feel stressful even when we shouldn’t. I also feel like I’m doing something wrong – strange stuff! Can’t wait to see you, too 🙂

  2. Erik Smith (@eriksmithdotcom) October 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Travel makes my life difficult because every time I take a trip, it makes me want to travel more!

    • Brooke October 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

      Bahaha so true. Coming home is never easy!

  3. Tijmen October 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    It’s way to addictive 🙂 Ever since my first trip, I can’t stop thinking about other cool places to visit. And then there is of course always the point where you have a look at your bank account to see what’s possible for your next trip and you get a bit depressed 🙂

  4. Charu October 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Oh indeed! Work/life balance can take a toll because travel is not the “norm.” But thanks to digitally based income it is somewhat possible to work remotely and maintain “office hours” provided you are discplined enough…

  5. Elle of Solo Female Nomad October 14, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    Hi Brooke, Yes, this post hits home to me too! Travel can cause a few headaches, ie relationships and of course the dreaded taxes. The later has been a headache for me, as someone that is never in one country long enough to make it my tax home! The key is finding a GOOD tax specialist that is familiar with expat/international taxes. There are a few out there! Must watch that movie that you recommended! (not only to see George)

    • Brooke October 15, 2012 at 7:37 am #

      It’s very annoying! We found someone in Sydney that’s decent, but I really want someone that truly knows both Australia and US taxes. Sigh!

  6. Clay October 31, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    It definitely doesn’t make life easy at times, I guess we just have to figure out whether the need for adventure is more important to us than feeling “comfortable” and safe staying at home. As for myself, I would never trade the possibility of traveling against a boring life!

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