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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:25:10 AM
I don't. I'm a total homebody.

My dd2 totally does. She's 18 and has already been to London, Rome, Paris and Brazil. She's going to Honduras for spring break (to help build water filtration systems) and is spending the summer in France (she's a dual major in engineering and French.)

She called last night to tell me about a Society of Women Engineers meeting she attended at which someone from an international engineering firm talked about their hiring and jobs - if you work for them, you spend the first 6 months in Asia and the second in Europe. She was so excited she could barely contain herself. And all I'm thinking is "I'm never going to see this kid again!"

Would you want that kind of job?



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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:28:58 AM
I absolutely do. I just can't afford to indulge it, lol.

I thoroughly love being at home, but I do long to explore other places!


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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:30:05 AM
I did when I was younger - but the thought of doing what your DD is doing ? Makes me tired just reading it.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:31:22 AM
At her age? Yes. Now, not in the same way. I certainly do want to travel to many places, just not for long periods of time. There's so much I want to see!





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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:31:22 AM
I do like to travel, but not alone. And I need to have a home to go back to. I could never live in an RV to travel.

I like being home more than I like being away from home.



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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:32:46 AM
when I was her age, I went right into the travel business.. loved it... traveled somewhere nice every year... I wanted to see a little bit of the world before I settled down.. I even traveled alone after all my friends were married. (traveling with the boyfriend in "those days" just wasn't done!!

and now... I'm a TOTAL homebody...

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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:32:48 AM
No, I'm content at home.

Maybe if I was single, no kids I wouldn't be as content at home.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:33:32 AM

I absolutely do. I just can't afford to indulge it, lol.

I thoroughly love being at home, but I do long to explore other places!


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I love visiting new places and stuff, but I can't afford to do so as much as I want. But not having a set "home" is disconcerting to me, so I couldn't do what your DD is doing. But I'd love to sail around the world or something as long as I have a cozy home to go back to at the end =)




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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:35:07 AM
I like to travel. Don't care where we are going, I like to go. But I also like to come back. And I like to come back to a home. I do not think I would like to live/work abroad at this point in my life.



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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:40:18 AM
yes, I'd have done it in a minute if I were she at that age. I still have it but I'm needed at home right now.

I used to move all over the place, I needed to move, hated staying static. I still crave change in some ways and am comforted by dull routines in others. Comfort must scare me or something.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:40:58 AM
I do NOT.

I think it has to do with being a military kid and living 2309523023 places in 2302309 different countries during my childhood.

I'm fine staying home. I mean, I want to vacation...but I'm cool staying in touristy spots right here in the US. I really don't have any desire to travel out of the country.

My son is probably most like me. The other three would travel in a heartbeat, if the opportunity presented itself.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:43:42 AM
Absolutely.

And I'd jump on a job like your daughter mentioned in a heartbeat.

I like being at home, but traveling is fantastic.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:48:00 AM
I'm a homebody too, but like to move if that makes sense. I'm a serial relocator.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:48:40 AM
Yes! I wish I had the $$ to see more of the world!



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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:50:47 AM
I'm very much like your daughter.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:50:57 AM
I'm very much a homebody. I love my creature comforts and certain things I enjoy eating more than going out.



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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:55:50 AM
So BAD!! When I hear stories like this or see pictures from people's travels, my heart hurts. It sounds dumb, but that is how much I would love to see the world. Things like this wouldn't work (as well) with kids but I would still love to travel and take them with me. I think they would love it. I don't have the means, maybe someday.
I'm envious of your daughter, I would've loved to do that when I was younger. Good for her to experience all this now and perhaps she'll settle down in one place (hopefully near you ) when she's a little older.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:57:29 AM
I need to travel. I start to get restless and feel the need to run away if I've been at home too long. I would love to have the type of job opportunity that your DD has.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:59:37 AM
I used to, when I was her age. I did a fair amount of travel, and I ended up living in a different country. I don't feel the need to travel now. I am home. Short trips are fine, but I don't want to live elsewhere.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 10:03:46 AM
Me? Never. I am very much a homebody also. Now my oldest? Remember Peabay when she taught a semester abroad? I was a nervous wreck. Or when she went to Spain doing research - by herself. By age 25, she had been to 14 countries! She would live abroad in a heartbeat and I too always think I'll never be able to see her! I am terrified of flying but I guess I can get drunk enough to board a plane if I have to to get to her.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 10:21:04 AM
I totally do. I want to go everywhere and see everything. But I don't particularly want to live in a foreign country. We have small kids and I want to be in our home with them.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 10:27:40 AM
Yes, if I were your DD's age I would dearly LOVE a job like that. I really regret that I've never traveled outside the United States. I had planned on going to England in Dec. with the Red Hatters, but then we bought the downtown building we're renovating. Maybe next year.....

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Posted: 11/27/2012 10:31:24 AM
It goes in waves for me. I think if money was not an issue I would live a Gypsy life. As I get older the thought of being in one place seems less and less appealing.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 10:31:30 AM
I am like you. A homebody through and through. (Though I do want to see all 50 states and have hit about 30 some odd so far.)

My sister is like your DD. She has been to half of Europe, Israel and the only thing keeping her from traveling more is $$$, her business and school obligations. Otherwise, she would have been around the world twice already and she is 32.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 10:33:22 AM

I'm a homebody too, but like to move if that makes sense. I'm a serial relocator.



ME TOO! I thought I was the only person who liked to move! I'm starting to get that itch right now!



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Posted: 11/27/2012 10:40:28 AM
I'm a serial house changer too. We will be moving out of our wooded country setting some time in 2013 and already I'm thinking of what the 'next' move might be.

Our renovation of a downtown building, converting it to a residence is fun and I'm looking forward to living there. Still, I can't shake the feeling that after a couple of years I'll want something else, some new adventure.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 10:42:46 AM
I totally do! Just about every summer I travel with a friend (my dh doesn't take off that much work). ( I am very lucky to have a dh who is not threatened or offended by my desire to travel, and to have a good friend with as much wanderlust as me).

When I was your dd's age I TRULY did not realize that not everyone wanted to travel that much!


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Posted: 11/27/2012 10:55:34 AM
I always have. I traveled quite a bit until I was 25, when I met my dh and got stuck in a rut, er, I mean settled down!

Right now, both girls are in college, I just want to rent out my house, buy a motorhome and see the US - for 2-3 years or more.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 11:00:59 AM
Oh yes. I'd rather buy an airplane ticket than a new car.

I have one child who, when she hears the word airplane, starts packing a bag. Like me, she doesn't care where she's going, she just knows there's an adventure to be had. By the time she turned 2 she had been on 108 flights and to 16 countries.

My DS is just like his dad....would MUCH rather stay home.

My parents were also gypsies, so I think it's genetic!!

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Posted: 11/27/2012 11:03:02 AM
I am very much a homebody.

I WANT to want to travel more than I actually do, though. I follow the blog of a girl who always seems to be on a plane going somewhere. I feel a little envious of her wanderlust. She will have some amazing experiences in her lifetime that I will likely never have.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 11:06:21 AM

I'm a homebody too, but like to move if that makes sense. I'm a serial relocator.


LOL! OK, I'm a bit of this too, do you find yourself moving your furniture around every few months to try to ease the pain of having to stay in one place. I do.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 11:21:11 AM
Big time. I get antsy if I don't go at least over to the next state once a month.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 11:28:27 AM
I was that girl. Still am. Have not been able to live out as much wandering as I would like because of family guilt and now responsibilities/blessings. I definitely still feel it though.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 11:28:37 AM
Love to travel! By the time dd turns two she will have been to at least 6 states and 4 different countries. We traveled a bit, not a ton, but at least twice to Europe, growing up. Dh and I spent 2 months in Europe on our honeymoon and have been back two more times since them. We have been to Mexico 5 or 6 times since we got married. I'm hoping our next big trip will be to Asia.




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Posted: 11/27/2012 11:32:07 AM
No, I don't. Like you, I'm a homebody.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 11:33:34 AM

I do NOT.

I think it has to do with being a military kid and living 2309523023 places in 2302309 different countries during my childhood.

I'm fine staying home. I mean, I want to vacation...but I'm cool staying in touristy spots right here in the US. I really don't have any desire to travel out of the country.

This is my husband. He is good for a once a year US vacation. He told me just the other night he would be super happy never leaving the US ever again. The poor guy had lived in 5 different countries by the time he was 12 never mind all the places and countries he has visited. He has been everywhere. Wouldn't go with me to a Pompeii museum exhibit because he'd been to Pompeii. He has said he will NEVER go to another castle even for me. I blame his parents, especially his mom who thought they should soak it up while they had the chance. This is why I am going to Ireland in May with my mom (a widow) and not him!

I, like my mom, want to see the world. I still won't to be an RV person. If I could work in another country/countries I would totally do it!


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Posted: 11/27/2012 11:46:41 AM
Your daughter sounds a lot like mine. She is 23 and she has traveled a lot. She got married this year and they both are teachers but it wouldn't surprise me a bit if they ended up moving to another country to teach.

My husband loves to travel and I like to but I HATE to fly. The thought of flying ruins the whole idea of taking a trip. We fly a few times a year so you would think I would get over my fear but no. I dislike the whole experience of being on a plane.

I am a homebody but I love road trips! My husband retires next year and we are buying a motor home, that is when the wanderlust will happen for me.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 12:33:04 PM
I'm a homebody but I love to travel. I don't travel really well though. I'd have a breakdown on the Amazing Race because of lack of sleep - I can't just sleep anywhere.

We're also serial relocaters. We've been in our current house for over 3 years, and in our 18 year marriage we've only lived in one other house longer, so I have the itch to move. I've told work I'm mobile - I'd love to take my family somewhere different, even really different overseas, for a couple of years. I think it would be a fantastic opportunity, and I believe my boys would handle it just fine.

We'll wait & see what happens, I guess.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 12:35:30 PM
Not at all. I love to be home and have very little desire to travel outside of the US.

I do desire a change of pace and sometimes a change of scenery but just for short trips and every blue moon a week.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 12:40:59 PM
I love to travel and when DH was offered the chance at a job in Europe, we didn't take long to decide he should take it - and that was when we were in our late 40s. We did have our kids young, so they were (relatively) independent by the time we moved - 23 and 21YO - and they stayed behind.
Now we're here, we're making the most of it. In the past 3 years, we've visited 10 other European countries (and driven through a couple of others), and many cities in Germany. I still have a long wish list to get through before I go home.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 12:57:26 PM

Would you want that kind of job?


I married the guy with that job! Petroleum Engineer with a strong desire to travel. He has spent 2/3 of his career in foreign assignments. And lucky me got to tag along for the ride of my life! Having grown up in the oil/gas industry, I moved quite a bit as a kid, so I knew what I was getting into. 6 countries later, I still enjoy the lifestyle.

My biggest fear in life is retirement. The thought of staying put in one place scares the heck out of me! We moved back to the US in March (move #18), but I'm already ready to hit the road for another assignment. We started remodeling our house today, so I figure as soon as it is finished we'll get another transfer!



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Posted: 11/27/2012 2:52:49 PM
Oh, yes!

I love to travel, and to see the real culture where I go, not the one presentet to mass tourism.

The obligations of adult life does make it hard to wander about, but we do try to get out of the country at least once a year for a couple of weeks. And we also try to explore our own country when we can.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 3:02:35 PM
Well, sort of. In my case, though, after so many years of military life, I still have an overwhelming desire to pack up the house and move somewhere new every year or two. I just like living in new places, exploring what they have to offer. Then when I'm done, I want to move on. Live in a different house. Go see area attractions. I keep hoping to be cured of this, and every time we are in the middle of a move I swear I don't ever want to do it again, but I'm going to finish my master's in May and I am already trying to convince DH that we need to move somewhere else. I almost have him convinced to move back to HIS hometown. He misses his Skyline chili, so I might have a shot.



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Posted: 11/27/2012 3:04:40 PM
If I didn't have a family, I'd be all about it! sounds like a wonderful opportunity for a young single person!



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Posted: 11/27/2012 3:14:01 PM
I wish I was more outgoing, but I'm a homebody too. OTOH, I have dreams to travel one day (when we retire). I'm not sure exactly how much I'll enjoy it, but I have to try.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 3:18:50 PM
Homebody. BTDT.

Lost count of all the countries I had been to and if I saw one more junkie with 5 cellphones and two handy cams arguing that the airline staff had to comp free booze and an upgrade she/he would allege assault. I was going to go postal.

The whole just film anything and sue mentality made traveling so much less fun unless a person hid in a packaged tour.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 3:26:49 PM

Oh yes. I'd rather buy an airplane ticket than a new car.

That describes me and my husband perfectly.

We have even considered a job offer for him that would require us to live in another country approximately 2-4 months out of each year. I think it would be exciting!








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Posted: 11/27/2012 3:28:18 PM

My husband loves to travel and I like to but I HATE to fly. The thought of flying ruins the whole idea of taking a trip. We fly a few times a year so you would think I would get over my fear but no. I dislike the whole experience of being on a plane.


That's me too. I really hate to fly. And our oldest dd is doing a term abroad in Galway, Ireland next semester and I really, really want to go to Ireland, so I may just have to bite the bullet.



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Posted: 11/27/2012 3:35:16 PM
I am a homebody through and through. I would travel only if my DH and I went together for a short vacation.

I was a homebody at your DD's age too.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 4:16:57 PM

Oh yes. I'd rather buy an airplane ticket than a new car.


Yup. I'm on the go as often as I can go. I am in a different state almost bi-weekly, but also take big trips three or four times a year, plus several long-weekend type trips. I'm happiest when planning a trip, and am usually the most giddy person on the plane. I have a serious case of "travel bug".

My DH isn't quite as excited about travel, often I go alone (to visit friends) or go with a friend. I'd die if I had to sit home all the time. I get stir crazy being home two days in a row.
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