Ah, yes, travel provides great clarity, but be careful what you ask for
Since I was ten years old I have known I was going to be a traveler. I've always been a little restless and a dreamer, planner. I have a gypsy in my heart.
There have been years in my life were I did "what was expected", "what I was supposed to do" -- went to school, became a functioning human being, made a good living and saved my money for retirement. In 1990, I was a one of life's crossroads and took off to work in Antarctica for five months. That was a time of clarity for me. I finally made decisions about what I wanted and what was important in my life without too much influence from those I loved. When I returned I knew exactly what I wanted to do for a few years. I had some drive, focus and ambition, I did it and was content.
For me the restlessness always seems to come back eventually so in 2007 my husband and I quit our jobs, put everything in storage and traveled the wonderful world for several months. Starting off on this great adventure I was expecting the same kind of clarity that I had come back with in the 90's. Each adventure is different and so will be the results. The people you meet will have a different impact on you.
Re-entry into the work world has been difficult for me this time. I enjoyed the time on the road so much. Each day now my free flowing thoughts are filled with fabulous memories and thinking, planning and desiring the next trip around the world. This last trip changed me in that I want to help others more than I ever have. It is a strong desire. I love the moments when you meet a stranger on a bus, standing in a line or in a cafe and start talking. I long for those. I love to hear their stories.
In Vietnam, we met a gentleman who had served with American forces for seven years during the war. He was so proud to have done his part. Meeting him was something special for me because I lost my brother in that war. It was good to hear how he felt about things all these years later.
So, my point of all of this rambling is-- be careful what you ask for. You may leave hoping for clarity-- It may come or maybe not-- but more than likely you will be changed in some way that you are not expecting. I am 100% certain this will be good for you but it may help to change your life path. It may change the direction that you will head next.
OK- so now I'm going to sound like your mother. You will be able to travel more in the future if you actually return and finish your college degree. You will need to find an avenue to fund all of your future travels.
My personal opinion is that those of us who have replied to this question are working for the most part to fund our next adventure!!