You are afraid.
I love to travel but I hate how scary it is. Going to a place you've never been before and you can't even speak the language...
One of the reasons I draw Fried Chicken and Sushi is to inspire people to get up off of their butts, conquer their fears and take a trip overseas.
You gotta see what’s really out there!
Yes. It can be expensive. I must admit it can also be frustrating dealing with culture shock in a country you’ve never set foot in.
The surprise gift of it all is being forced to grow as a person.
As you probably know, personal growth ain’t easy! There can be a ton of laughter and tears but I know you can do it. Some of you already are.
When you read my comics each week I want you to feel the reality of living in Japan (aside from the magical Tanuki). The ups and downs of travel or living in another country can be full of humor and fun with a bit of sadness thrown in for good measure. All of this helps open your mind and push you to become more tolerant, patient and aware of who you really are.
One of my goals is to help you see that anyone can leave their comfort zone, travel very far away and still be a success. Even if they make a pile of mistakes along the way!
If you’re thinking about taking a trip overseas, start making concrete plans and take consistent action to make it happen. That might mean saving a little money each month, or researching your dream country online. Take it one step at a time and you will be enjoying mind-boggling experiences on foreign soil before you know it!
Thanks for joining Karl and his family each week on their adventures in Japan.
Now, go out and create yours!
Best of luck,