Yeah I suppose in certain cases. I remember when I first went away to college. Those first few nights were weird sleeping in the dorm room....you could hear some of the other freshman students crying themselves to sleep. During the day they would be all depressed because they missed home. I was the EXACT opposite. I couldn't wait to get to college. From what I gathered, most students drop out of college early because they can't take the change, and they miss their parents etc. It's just eeeeriwrds to me. Re: travel - the only reason why I keep bringing it up is because 99% of Europeans are born with passports at the ready. It's just a given that thousands of Europeans, Australians, Kiwis, South Africans just take out a year in life and travel. My sister moved to Hong Kong 11 years ago and hasn't looked back!