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I Have a Secret to Tell You

March 27, 2017

Travel SecretI have been keeping a secret from you all! It is something I mentioned to my Mom the other day, and she says she tells her friends all the time about it, so it is about time I share it with you.

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For the first three and a half years of my life, I was an only child, and for most of my childhood, my Mother worked from home. It meant I could depend on Mom to be there whenever I needed her. If I got ill at school, she would come. If I forgot my homework, she would come. I knew that many kids didn’t have this great mom benefit as both their parents worked! Dad played a part in this dependency too! One time I had to have minor surgery on an ingrown toenail and I wouldn’t let the doctor do it until my Dad arrived. Although this was mainly because my Mom can’t stand the sight of blood and I didn’t want her to pass out on me!

The Impact

At this point, I am sure you are thinking, what does this have to do with travel? Well, all the dependency led to me having anxiety about sleeping away from home and homesickness. It probably wasn’t the only cause, but it certainly contributed. I remember being at a sleepover in elementary school and making my parents get me in the middle of the night. I don’t remember sleeping over at friend’s houses much after that. The event that really made it an issue though was I was at church camp one summer a few hours away from my house, and I had so much anxiety I made myself sick. This also resulted in my parents driving several hours in the middle of the night to come get me (after much begging on my part!)

Fast forward a few years and I decide to go to college that was a six-hour drive away from my parents. Now that I am older, I can handle being away from my parents, but the phone bills in college were epic. This is pre-cell phone days, so I easily had a $100 or more phone bill a month. While I remember it differently, my parents said the first semester was really hard on me. I think I am blocking it out of my mind.

A few years later, I moved to New York City. The phone calls continued, but now I had a cell phone and nights and weekends were free! But by then I only saw my parents twice a year at most, and I seemed to be fine.

More years pass, and I moved to a small Caribbean island for three months. I didn’t have a cell phone, and the internet was spotty. I didn’t talk to my parents every day, and occasionally I would get emails asking me to check in with them.

Do you see a pattern here?

And Now

Obviously now this doesn’t bother me much at all as I live over 8000 miles away from my parents. The phone calls continue and thank goodness for the internet! I talk to one parent or both almost every day, though.

I travel all over the world without any issues, and I am rarely homesick. I have no plans to move back to the United States anytime soon, and I love living abroad. Of course, I still have the moments of wishing I could be home, but that is mainly because I feel like I am missing out on things back home.

Some would say my parents did me a disservice by coming and getting me when I want to come home. However, I would disagree. My parents and I are extremely close as a result. The phone calls home are not quick 5-minute talks but can be an hour or more. It also means my parents never have to worry about where I am and if I am okay. I call when I get to an airport or when I arrive at my hotel. Even while sailing Greece last year, I managed to call them every other day or so. It also gives me peace of mind as my parents, like all of us, are only getting older. It is reassuring to me to hear their voices and know they are doing okay.


Why am I telling you this story, it’s embarrassing, right? I am telling you to encourage you to travel. Fears can be overcome even if they take time. I now manage to live far away from family and travel everywhere I want to go. It has been a lifelong process, but here I sit in my apartment in Qatar telling you this story and planning my next vacation. My advice is always to start with a small trip and gain your confidence, then go on a bigger trip. Not only will you feel better about travel, but you will also learn your limits. There is nothing wrong with having personal limits, but you never know what you can overcome till you try!

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  • Reply Khansa March 28, 2017 at 12:30 am

    One would never say that you had a difficult journey if they saw your blog as it is today. Like all things in life, we really have to cross puddles and hurdles which if we need to get to where we want.

    • Reply Tiffany March 28, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Thank you so much Khansa! That is so true.

  • Reply Ms. Hala March 28, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Excellent post Tiff!! I can very much related as I too share this exact same “secret”! 😉

    • Reply Tiffany March 28, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you! So glad you relate.

  • Reply Ritu April 2, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Your journey into journeying is fsscinating! Well done for overcoming your fears!!!

    • Reply Tiffany April 2, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Thank you! Now if I could just overcome my fear of heights! Lol

  • Reply clare April 2, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    I love this…sometimes on the surface things look easy but everyone has struggles…it sounds like you have a great relationship with your parents and..that you dealt with this in exactly the right way…Thanks for sharing…(and I’m scared of heights too :D)

    • Reply Tiffany April 2, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      It’s important to remember that everyone’s life isn’t perfect. Thank you!

  • Reply Em Linthorpe April 2, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    This is sweet. Your bond with your parents has never left you, but it has grown with you ❤

    • Reply Tiffany April 2, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      It definitely has and I know they get annoyed with the phones call at times but are also so glad too.

  • Reply Josy A April 2, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    It is fantastic that you have such a good relationship with your mum and dad.

    I try to keep in touch with my parents when i’m in the same country, but I actually find that I am better at remembering a weekly call when I live on the other side of the world. When you’re only an hour away, it’s easy to forget to stay in touch…when you’re further you sort of have to make the extra effort…

    • Reply Tiffany April 2, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      I always forget during the time change! Also Sunday is a work day for me and I am always calling them while they are at church. Whoops!

  • Reply Angela Noel April 2, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    This is a wonderful post! I love your blog for all the fun travel tips, and particularly the photos. But this personal insight post might be my favorite so far. As a mom, I’d love for my child to want to connect with me. And I’d also love for that child to go out into the world, maybe a little nervous, but ready for what may come. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Reply Tiffany April 2, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you so much. I love hearing people love my posts. I know it’s hard to let them go but it might bring you closer.

  • Reply Lilian @ Lil' Hidden Treasures April 2, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing your secret with us! And it’s great to hear that you have overcome your fears through traveling!

    • Reply Tiffany April 3, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      Thank yo for stopping by!

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