I think the answer will be very different depending on whether the person is male or female. If a man makes the announcement, many people will think sex, child prostitution, transsexuals...when a woman says it, they probably think beaches, parties, and backpacking.
^Hollow, that really is one of the saddest things I have read on AF, I can't exactly put my finger on it, but it made me sad to read that. I think your past is as important as your future, there must be someone who is worth looking up from your past? Surely it isn't only because they chose a different path that you feel this way?
Why? You need to remember that I first moved to Thailand when I was 20 years old. The people I knew up that point were friends from school. How many friends do you have that you went to school with? I think most people grow apart. I just made a clean break.