Some family members and a few friends have really been trying to lay a guilt trip on me about us leaving home for long periods of time. (we try to be home every few months for a little while at least) I don't feel good about leaving my aging parents (there is other family in my town) but it's just such an opportunity financially, and for us to see and experience things for awhile that we wouldn't see otherwise. We aren't exactly in a booming economy right now, and I don't see that improving anytime soon. Anyway, i digress. What can i say to convince them (i've explained the above already to them) or should i even bother? It really bugs me because I will worry enough about my folks as it is, without the guilt trip!