Great article from Vagabondish and my comments on each tip.
Spoiler alert: I agree with all of them.
Tip #1: “Don’t eat the food there! You’ll get sick!”
Oysters on the side of the road in Trinidad. Boom! I can handle it.
Tip #2: "Don't ever travel alone, especially if you're a woman! It's SO dangerous!"
Meh. Maybe if you're a foolish woman who doesn't take precautions that everyone, including men, should be taking.
Tip #3: “Why would you ever want to leave the U.S.?”
I won't even touch this one.
Tip #4: "How can you afford to travel for that long? It's gonna cost a fortune!"
Yeah, if you stay in fancy hotels and eat at expensive restaurants all the time. Eat street food and where the locals eat and find a balance between hostels, BnB's and nicer hotels.
Tip #5: “You’re leaving for a year?! But what about your job, your life, your [fill in perceived grown-up responsibility here]?
Life goes on. The things that can wait will, you'll learn who your true friends are, and you'll find another job.
My tip: If you travel you can see places like the ones in the pictures below.