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Have You Ever Had Thoughts Of Running Away From Home?

Posted Sep 29 2008 5:10pm

By Carole Fogarty.

Editor of  Rejuvenation Loungeand facilitator of Women’s Rejuvenation Retreats:

Rejuvenate You: Runaway From Home:

Journaling is a valuable ritual that reveals clarity and gives a voice to any odd feelings you may have inside of you. Grab a pen now.A note from me yesterday over at Twitter


Life can be hectic busy, rushed and then rushed some more. At times, many of us I’m sure, wish we could simply run away from our daily routine and grab some much needed breathing and thinking space.

After my recent, very intense, five days spent supporting a dear friend in a rehabilitation centre I now have the urge to run away from home. Not forever of course, just for a while. I have an intuitive hunch that I need to regroup. I’ve done it before … twice. I simply believe a strong intuitive calling must never go ignored. Perhaps Santorini is calling me. Please, please, let it be Santorini.



BillandCathys Santorini Island


Running Away Is Much More Than A Holiday:

Running away (for me) means taking my boys and myself off to live in a totally foreign country, where everything is different; the view, the people; the language; the daily rituals.

I’ve enjoyed running away before by heading off to Bali for at least one to three months at a time. We blissfully live in a small village enjoying the delights of simple living and immersing ourselves in the local activities and culture. No trimmings like a TV or five star hotels. Eat locally, walk locally and enjoy locally.


Travel Memoirs Can Help You Find Your Groove:

To satisfy my strong “run away from home” intuitive urge, I am throwing myself into travel memoirs. It’s the first sensible thing one must do, explore destinations of course.

I have just finished reading Mary Moody’s book Last Tango in Toulouse this past weekend. Mary decided to run away from home at age 50 to live in a small, very rural town in France, leaving behind her husband, TV career and grown family.

She bought a cottage absorbed herself in local life and shares her adventures in France in a three part trilogy; Au Revoir - running away from home at 50; Last Tango in Toulouse - her affair and Long Hot Summer.

If you are feeling restless inside, and don’t know why, then Mary Moody’s books are fabulous.


Travel Memoirs To Inspire You:

Travel memoirs I’ve read before:

Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman Rita was a middle aged woman going through divorce, and simply up and left her rather glamorous lifestyle behind. She just knew, deep within her, that there was meant to be more to her life. She has now been traveling the world for 15 years. A very honest and open account of one womans journey to discover who she really is.

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert My favourite book for 2007. What can I say, this book will change your life.

Travel memoirs bedside my bed, right now:

When in Rome: Chasing La Dolce Vita by Penelope Green

Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull

The Long Hot Summer by Mary Moody:


Travel memoirs on order from our library:

Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald


Have you ever run away from home or are you planning too?

Is there anyone out there in the world today that wants to run away? Where would you go, or have you already been? Suggestions, inspiration and all wacky ideas welcome.

Under the Tuscan Sun:

If you are really, really, really feeling restless then watch this very short clip from Under the Tuscan Sun.


Peace, love and travel to you all, Carole.


Run away and join me in Bali for 5 days on my annual Womens Rejuvenation Retreat:


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