Answer by Dan Stewart:
I did this in 1995 and it was the best decision I've ever made.
For clarity, I chose this path to escape a hopelessly toxic childhood and create a safe place to raise my family. While I've struggled with this decision, I know that it was the right one for me. My life, and the lives of my wife and children, are immeasurably better for it.
What's it like to disappear for years without telling your friends or family your whereabouts?