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.
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?