The 10 Worst Excuses Not to Travel
If you have ever read any of my articles, you would know that traveling is a passion of mine. I like to leave the everyday routine of normal life and see as much of the world as I can in the time that I have. You may be alive when you are at home in your comfort zone, but you aren’t really living. So when I hear people give me excuses why they aren’t out traveling the world, I can only shake my head. You can throw out any excuse that you can think of but I’ll probably be able to shoot it down as nonsense. Here are the top 10 worst excuses that I hear from people and why they don’t jive.
10Traveling Costs Too Much
When I say get out there and travel, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you’re thinking “It’s too expensive and I don’t have any money”. Well so what? Don’t let money hold you back, it’s not as important as you think. Even a small amount of money can be stretched a long way if you keep close track of your funds. It’s also possible to travel for practically free and even possible to earn money while you travel. It also helps to choose a destination that is affordable and where your money will go a long way. Most of South East Asia and South America are good options.
Another good way to get out of this mindset is by making travel a priority in your life. We all spend money on things that we don’t really need. A daily $5 coffee fix adds up to about $1,500 by the end of the year. Try cutting back on dinner on the town every so often and regulate your weekend booze intake. You’d be amazed at how quickly this money will add up. Do you really need all the latest tech gadgets? Don’t forget what the late, great fictional character Tyler Durden once said, ‘The things you own end up owning you’.
9I’m in too Much Debt
Debt is a total bitch, I won’t deny that. Unpaid student loans, credit card debt, mortgage and car payments, the bills seem to add up rather quickly. Remember what I said about changing your mindset, you can do this even when you’re in debt, especially when you’re in debt. I would never recommend going into further debt in order to travel, but you can pay off your debt and travel at the same time. It may take a bit more cutting back, but so long as you include your debt payments in your travel budget, there is no reason you should fall further behind.
8I’m Stuck at My Job
If this is your excuse for not going out there and traveling, then step back and ask yourself something. What’s more important to you, living your life, or working? Honestly, if you aren’t doing those things in life that you want to do, then what’s the point of even having a job? Most people work to live, but if you are living for the sake of waking up every morning you may be alive, but you’re not really living. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying go out and quit your job. Hell, do it if you want to. Just don’t lose sight of why you are working in the first place.
7I Don’t Have Time to Travel
Time is the most limited resource in your life and it is the most valuable thing that you will ever possess. With that being said, it is yours to spend in whatever way that you see fit. When you say that you don’t have time to travel, you are really saying, “I won’t make time to travel”. If your life is so full with other things that you have to do, you need to reevaluate your priorities. Even if you work a full time job and you are in one of those countries that don’t really value vacation days, I’m looking at you America and Canada, you still get a couple weeks every year. Take those two weeks and make them count.
6Traveling is Dangerous
If you refuse to travel because you feel that it is dangerous, I’ve got some bad news for you. Most of the world is a dangerous place. That includes the town you grew up in. Don’t believe me? Have you ever been in an accident, been injured, known anyone that has been seriously injured or died? No matter where you go there will be dangers around you, don’t use that as an excuse to not live your life. Either suck it up and get out there, or stay in your room with the blankets pulled up over your head.
5I Have Never Traveled Before
If your greatest excuse for not traveling is that you’ve never done it before, you need to leave that comfort zone this minute. Everything in your life you had to do for a first time at one point or another. There will be fear and anxiety, but there will also be excitement and adventure. Since you’ve never been anywhere before, then anywhere that you go will be new and exciting. I envy the person traveling for the first time, for the world is still strange and amazing.
4I Have Nobody to Travel With
Traveling by yourself doesn’t mean that you are traveling alone. On the road you will meet a ton of interesting new people that you probably would have never met if you had been traveling with someone. No matter where you go, there will be people just like you. There is a sort of camaraderie born on the road and no matter where you come from, you all share the love of travel.
The best part about solo travel is that you can do what you want, go where you want, see what you want. You are under no obligation to another person. You don’t have to do something you’re not in the mood for just to appease your traveling companion. No, it is absolute liberation.
3I’m Afraid I’ll Get Lost
It’s kind of funny that people are afraid of getting lost and losing the well trodden path. I have always found that the most memorable experiences occur when we venture outside the norm. Blazing a new path, whether intended or not is a surefire path to adventure. Now I won’t lie and say that everything is sunshine and rainbows. Even those situations where danger lurked, when safely coming through, those are the stories you will be telling for the rest of your life.
2I’m Afraid I’ll Get Sick
Sickness on the road is a right of passage in itself. I’d venture to guess that 99% of the time that travelers get sick, it’s because of the food. I can remember with absolute clarity every single time that I have been sick while traveling. It’s only a handful of times, but they are always good stories to tell. After we have traveled around, experienced joy and sadness, sickness and health, all that remains are the stories to be told. They are the greatest souvenirs a traveler can collect.
1I Will Travel When I’m Older
This is the saddest excuse that I often hear from people. They will put off traveling year after year, convinced that someday they will get to it. Life has a funny way of making sure your plans never come about. Did you ever see the movie Up!? Get out there, see the world, and do it now rather than later. Life is too unpredictable and too short to put anything off until the future.
So are you ready to get out there and travel? If not, then what’s your excuse?
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