The Worst Excuses Not To Travel (And Why You Are Wrong)

The Worst Excuses Not To Travel (And Why You Are Wrong)

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The Worst Excuses Not To Travel (And Why You Are Wrong)

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People are full of excuses for everything, but none are quite as stupid as the excuses not to travel. So many people dream of traveling the world, fantasize about seeing other countries and cultures and always say they will someday, yet few actually do. In the time leading up to our big move abroad, and since we have become expats, we have heard every excuse in the book, and they are all pretty much rubbish! So we decided to compile all the worst excuses not to travel in one place and tell you why they are all wrong!

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1. Money  – This is always the number one excuse for not only not traveling, but for many things in life. Marina and I agreed early on that money would play no part in how we decided where to go and when, no matter the money we were making at the time. Many people think we moved to Thailand because we somehow got really lucky, won the lottery or stumbled upon a pot of gold, but few realized it was CHEAPER for us to move abroad than to stay at home. Thats right, it saved us money. No more car payments, no more cell phone plans, expensive cable, internet or health insurance. Our rent is less than my bedroom was in LA, our health insurance is incredible cheap and all utilities as well, all paid up front for the entire year.

Sure the cost of getting on a plane isn’t cheap, but just cut out that $5 Frappa-whatever each day and that $15 Martini each weekend and you’ll have the money in no time.

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“There are seven days in a week and someday isn’t one of them…”

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2. Job – After people complain they have no money to travel, the conversation always turns to their job. Most of our friends are climbing a ladder with no end in sight or with no next step to work towards. So many people cling to their  job just because its a job and thats what people do, they get a job, suffer through it and hold their breath until things get better. Did you know there isn’t a rule stating you have to be miserable and struggle? Yea, what you do is just quit that job, sell your belongings and go see the world. Your friends and family will support you and that girl you have a crush on will think its hot. Who knows how it could end! And even if you don’t go all out and move abroad, at least make time to adventure for a couple of weeks.

Plus, there are endless jobs on the road for travelers. Many countries even offer a 12 month “working visa” which allows you to live in countries like Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. Also, did you know that if you are are US citizen you can travel to 172 countries without needing a visa? Take that excuses!

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3. Passport – Maybe the absolute lamest excuse ever is that you don’t own a passport. You know its not a drawn out expensive process right? You go to the post office, bring the application that took you 10 minutes to fill out, get your picture taken and send it off. All in all it takes you 30 minutes and costs about $100, is good for TEN YEARS and gives you access to nearly every corner of the planet. Seriously awful excuse. No more needs to be said about that one.

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4. Traveling Solo – There are many people who love the idea of travel but are terrified at the idea of boarding a plane alone and jetting off to an unknown country all by themselves. This excuse isn’t as dumb as number 3, but it still should never stop anyone from seeing the world. Have you ever heard of a hostel? (NOT the movie, if you haven’t seen it don’t). Hostels might as well be renamed “International Best Friend Making Centers”. I set off at 19 on a plane headed for Thailand with absolutely no idea what in the world I had gotten myself into and in the process made some of the best friends of my life I am friends with to this day and met the most fascinating people of my life. For every one of you that is scared to travel alone, there are 1,000 out there who are just as scared but took the leap and boarded that plan. So head out there and find them, you’ll never remember your life before you met the great people out traveling together on the road.

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5. Its Scary – Are you serious!!! Scary is living in LA and seeing a burning car with a body inside at the bottom of your street before 8 in the morning on your way to work, not exploring a new country. The honest truth is, I have been in ten times more sketchy situations in the states than I ever have been while traveling. Sure people get pick pocketed or robbed and you always hear of the horror stories here and there, but have you turned on the news recently – bad things happen everywhere you go, just as good things do. Trying to avoid bad situations by hiding in your home country because its “scary out there” is just about as stupid as it gets.

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“If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.” – Tony Gaskins

 

6. Significant Other – Ok, so you have a boyfriend or girlfriend (or both, who are we to judge?) who doesn’t share your urge to see the world. First of all, dump them, they sound lame. Second of all, don’t let someone you can’t see spending the rest of your entire life with hold you back from seeing the world. If they are truly the one for you they will support your dreams and will probably want to go with you. Plus, traveling as a duo is fantastic, saves a ton of money and gives you someone to go through all the good and bad times with.

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7. Someday – And here we are, at number 7, the all time worst excuse not to travel ever. I recently read a quote which sums this up perfectly. “There are seven days in a week and someday isn’t one of them”. Boom! Take that! Don’t dream, because sometimes dreams don’t come true. Make a plan, set a goal and achieve it. No one has laid dying on their deathbed and thought to themselves “Man, I wish I hadn’t traveled the world.” Someday will always be just that, a day in the future that never comes. Truth is there will never be the perfect day to pack it all up and head out into the world, thats why you have to make it happen. Set a date, make the arrangements, buy that plane ticket and take the leap, it will be the best decision you ever make, I promise.

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jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to forget them all.

A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh.

Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Reason number 4 is one of my main criteria to travel. Solo travel forces new experiences and (I think) brings out the best in a person when they have to make their own decisions and then grow as a result.

  2. All of these reasons are so true! We are always talking to people here in Arkansas about how they need to get out more and start traveling and through a combination of those above reasons, they decided to make excuses. I find it crazy that folks do this but sometimes they just seem to be trained with that mind frame and there is nothing you can do about it!

    They don’t know what they are missing out on.

  3. I think the biggest one is actually fear. They hide behind the “I don’t have money” “I don’t have time” excuse because although they want to go visit places but they are scared to come out of their comfort zone and feel foreign. Although money is sometimes a legit reason, although you can find deals and travel on a budget, you’re still spending extra money if you don’t have it.

    • We can understand that, a lot of our friends are scared, or seem so. It’s shocking how few Americans get out and see the world. A couple years ago only 16% of Americans had passports, and a large percentage of those were just to go to Mexico or Canada! No idea why people are so afraid to see the world, its pretty friendly out here. To be honest, I’ve felt way more sketched out in LA than I ever have out on the road.

    • Our own friends us this one a lot! (or maybe they really just don’t want to visit us haha). But seriously, it takes 10 minutes at the post office, no excuses! Hey, more world for the rest of us to explore huh.

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