THE HEARTBREAK OF TWADD….now there is help for you.

Twadda...there is help

What is TWADD you may well ask! Well, it stands for Travelers With Attention Deficit Disorder.

HI, MY NAME IS LARRY AND I’M SICK. Well you’re in luck because now there is TWADDA …Travelers With Attention Deficit Disorder Anonymous

This is a six and a half step self help program (we wanted 12 but couldn’t stay focused long enough)  that I am putting together to help those with the same affliction that I, and so many others, are suffering from…we never know where in the hell we are going. Oh, we start out with a destination in mind…some of us even set up itineraries with multiple destinations…and we tell all our friends, readers or acquaintances where we are heading off to. Occasionally we make it to the destination but most times we wind up somewhere entirely different . Shaken and confused we ask ourselves over and over again…how the hell did I get here

Sufferers of this disorder are subject to bouts of  shame, embarrassment, anxiety, feelings of alienation and financial distress,   Family and friends think we are crazy (some spouses and parents talk of medication or electroshock therapy)  because they get a email saying that we are off to Spain or Italy and the next message says we are in Timbuktu or San Miguel de Allende. At first our friends & loved ones try to be understanding… even supportive, shaking their head and going tsk, tsk … but after months  or even years of irrational behavior their tolerance  gives way to anger, frustration or despair.Twadda...there is help

 

I received this note from Dan..no last names…just Dan…he is in an undisclosed location in South America. I think he is too ashamed to really tell me where he landed after Chiang Mai.  He writes:

“I can’t trust myself when it comes to travel. I’ll buy a ticket to one place in the morning, but by that evening I’ll have gone somewhere else entirely.”

“Why can’t I travel like normal people do? My travel agent says I change my mind so often she won’t have anything to do with me. I’m exhausted and broke most of the time!”

“I’m so ashamed. Last week I thought I was flying to Switzerland but I ended up in Somalia. Instead of eating chocolate bars I ended up gulping down fried cockroaches.”

“No matter where I am, I can never enjoy myself because I’m always worried there’s someplace else that’s cheaper, more fun, and more photogenic. In my mind I picture that place is full of people like me, but happier, more fulfilled, taking better pictures.”

I know you feel Just Dan’s pain and will be happy to know he is a charter member of our group.

If you use travel like a drug, then you know what it’s like not to be able to trust yourself to leave the house without suddenly and unexpectedly running off to a third-world country.

Are you convinced that once you find the “right place” you’ll stop running and finally settle down? If so, ask yourself: does such a place even exist? Would you know it if you saw it?

Just as a compulsive gambler promises himself that as soon as he makes up for his losses, he’ll cash in his chips and never play again, so does the TWADD in the throes of his illness believe that just one last impulsive trip will finally let him be at home somewhere on this planet. We all know he’s lying to himself. Even he knows, yet he can’t seem to stop himself from boarding that next plane, train or bus.

In TWADDA we don’t think of him/her as a bad person…sick but not bad…crazy but not bad…and we offer a six and a half step program to help the afflicted come to grips with their illness.

Our first chapter of TWADDA will be in Chaing Mai, Thailand….it’s a gathering place for travel bloggers and the epicenter of this sickness….but soon we will be world wide.  In the near future we will have a Face Book page so members can tell their heartbreaking stories of ruined relationships and disillusionment.  Look for us!

Special thanks to Just Dan Coffee for his contribution to our fledgling organization! Where ever Dan is he can be reached at www.geezersabroad.comTwadda...there is help

About Larry Bosco

In 2010 I had one of those “Is this all there is” moments and so in January 2011 I retired from Real Estate Appraising, sold off all my worldly goods and headed out as a solo traveler in search of a new place to live. Since then I’ve traveled around the world, made new friends and had many great adventures and some not so great. After staying almost a year in Cuenca, Ecuador I have headed back to South East Asia where I began the journey in 2011. Currently I am living in Chiang Mai, Thailand
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9 Responses to THE HEARTBREAK OF TWADD….now there is help for you.

  1. John Ruccio says:

    Outstanding! If this isn’t in the DSM IV, you should push for it!

  2. I had a great time reading this blog. Laugh out loud funny!

  3. LindaRose says:

    Very good, Larry, you do a grand job of writing, photographing and travelilng!

  4. Gene says:

    We were just wondering the other day where you were. We are glad to hear you are safe, sane and sound. We just got back from India onr a 3-week trip. We are not as adventurous as you and planned our trip around an organized Road Scholar tour. That is much safer for us and when we had a limited amount of time, it just made sense. We still have parents with health issues and feel we cannot be away too long. A trip to India requires at least a month or more. We met people who traveled on their own in India, but it is a challenge. It is a photographer’s paradise, however!

  5. Gordon says:

    Twaddling about in snow and slush you aimless critter. You must be missing your share of smog that Chiang Mai reserves for the all it’s infants, grandmothers and the errant with geographical psychosis.
    Missing it your steady bearing must now be on wobble and you continue your search for the unreachable. But we like you anyway.

  6. Diane says:

    So….there you are…..have been wondering whether or not you had become lion food-was just listening to Bruce Cockburn’s “Wandering Where the Lions Are”, but didn’t really think that you had gone on safari. Glad you are back in touch!

  7. Barbara Ray says:

    What a fun post! What would a recovered (or recovering) TWADD be like? Are you sure that’s what you want to be? It sounds like you’re having too much fun traveling to want to give it up any time soon.

    My husband Jim and I are going on a Voyages to Antiquity cruise in the eastern Mediterranean in May. We hope to see lots of archeological sites from ancient civilizations. It will be our first cruise. Happy traveling!

  8. Ed Tohid says:

    Larry,

    I think I can complete the application for your TWADD club…However, after traveling to and/or living in 68 countries (soon to be 70), I think I am completely lost. Not sure what or where the Nirvana is. Are we all looking for it or is it looking for us? Who knows!!!!
    But, I am not stopping. More places to see and cultures to experience.

  9. Paula says:

    Great post…. will be interesting to see where you’ll be spending Christmas.

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