Top Travel Excuses People Make & Why They’re Wrong

Traveling is one of those things on everybody’s bucket list. I mean who wouldn’t want to snorkel in the Bahamas or go on a Safari in Africa? But how many people really get around to doing it? Not that many. Despite what they say, most would rather cling to top travel excuses.

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Top Travel Excuses

People tend to push it off and push it off. It always becomes something of the future that never quite makes it into the present moment. Of all the variation of excuses I’ve heard, it always boils down to the same few top travel excuses;

Money

One of the top travel excuses. Travel can be very costly, yes, but travel can be very inexpensive. Take the time to save up money. You don’t need to spend thousands of doll hairs just to see a bit of the world. Typically, the biggest expense is buying a plane ticket. With a bit of research and long-term planning, those expenses can be significantly reduced with travel deals and credit card rewards.

For accommodation, ditch the luxury traveling and go with more cost efficient options like Airbnb’s and hostels. If you’re the adventurous type, give backpacking a go. You will save tons of money while sleeping in a tent or hammock which allows more time spent traveling. There are many other budget friendly travel ideas to consider before you dismiss travel altogether.

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Bad Timing

When it comes to anything important, the timing never seems to be right. Instead of living in the moment, people tend to live either in the past or future. The truth is, life is much shorter than we think it is, so get out there and have some fun. Most people waste their lives waiting for something amazing to happen with more excuses and don’t realize that they can make that change. There will never be perfect timing. “One day I will travel the world,” what better time is there than now?

“Make the most of today. Time doesn’t wait. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”

-Alice Morse Earle

Loneliness

Most people fear traveling alone, after all, who will they share their memories with? Not to mention the dangers that come with exploring a new territory. The truth is, anywhere you go can be dangerous. You can’t live your life in fear of what might happen. The world isn’t as scary as one might think. The media focuses on all of the negative things, but if you step outside of your box, you will discover a whole new world of amazing places and people.

There are also a ton of benefits from traveling alone. First of all, you will get to know yourself at a much deeper level. You will be able to do what you want to do and become a better decision maker. You might even make lifelong friends traveling alone that you wouldn’t have while with other people.

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Age

In today’s society, it is believed that traveling is something to be saved for retirement – if you’re lucky. This limited belief needs to be thrown out the window. Why not travel young when you’re in good shape and health? Why wait to live your life full of adventure for when you’re old? In my opinion, you should be able to live the life you want to live now.

At the same time, when people are older they think; “I’m way too old to travel.” This is also false! People shouldn’t live their lives in regret, thinking about what they never did or should have done. Once again, the time is now and you have everything to lose if you don’t start living a fulfilling life and chasing your dreams.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

C. S. Lewis

What Others Will Think

Ever wonder what your friends or family would think if you told them you were leaving everything behind to go backpacking for a month? I have. If you have a family like mine or were raised in mainstream society, you know that you’re ‘supposed’ to get a 9-5 job and work your but off so you can retire for a few years. Society tells us we have to get some sort of college education to be successful. In other words, make a decent amount of money, have a house and a family.

Don’t get me wrong, I want all of those things too, but I also know that there’s more than one definition of success. It not up to society to tell us what our meaning of life is, we have to find it ourselves. And it’s not in our cars, homes, of our meaningless careers either. So screw what other people will think. Live up to your own expectations and get out there and chase your dreams. At the end of it all, you will wish you had done the things that you wanted to do anyways, not the rest of society.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed

by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.

Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

 

All these top travel excuses are just different levels of fear. Fear is an illusion. If you let that fear stop you from living your dreams, you are only a victim of your own mind. There will always be an excuse to not live your dreams of travel, there are also always excuses to travel. You chose.

Thank you for reading 🙂 I hope you enjoyed this article, Please tell me what you think in the comments bellow!

 

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11 thoughts on “Top Travel Excuses People Make & Why They’re Wrong

  • I meet a traveller who backpacked around the world for two years in the 1960s with only 2 grand. He often slept in monasteries, which usually fed him too. There is always some way to make it work, you just have to be flexible.

  • I once once planning a cross country trip with my family where we planned to camp and sleep in our conversion van a few times to save money. I looked at it as an amazing adventure. I’ll never forget how I felt when a friend of mine told me that she thought I was crazy and if she and her family couldn’t have first class and luxury accommodations then a trip just isn’t worth taking. I pitied her and thought of all the cool experiences and memories she and her family would never have.

  • Fortunately I never had that issue trying to make excuses, I’ve been traveling since I made my first dollar at the ripe age of 16. I really think some people just have no desire to travel, most of my family. They seem to make the excuses you have listed but they really just don’t want to. Glad we didn’t fall in that category. 😉

  • Omg, I hate hearing all of these excuses!! I hear them all the time when I tell people that I travel a lot. The biggest one is always money. And then I give them the crazy eye when they tell me about some expensive phone or gadget they just bought…

  • I have heard all of these, but the one I hear most often is money. If you really put your mind to it, money can be saved. I’m not saying it’s easy, but definitely do-able 🙂 Great post!!!

  • Lately, I have not been making excuses, but I have rather focused on utilising the resources I have to travel more 🙂

    It is astounding how many people are not aware of these simple facts, which you have enlisted, and I hope this message goes to at least some of them 🙂

    Cheers and thanks for sharing!

  • Yay! I always love reading lists like these. Really some people can come up with a million excuses on why they can’t travel. I think that mostly, people are too scared but it’s a shame because it is such a wonderful experience. I agree about the loneliness thing. I did a few recent solo trips and have to say that by staying in hostels, going on walking tours and just being open to meeting new people, I was never alone 🙂

  • I agree! Although I think there is some privilege behind saying that money shouldn’t be considered an excuse; there are quite a few people in our world who legitimately cannot afford it. We are so fortunate and gotta stay humble by it all!

  • If seeing the world is your dream then I totally agree that there’s no excuse not to go. Once you get bitten by the travel bug though, the excuses will simply melt away.

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