5 excuses not to travel

 

When Matt and I decided to give in to our mid-twenties existential crises, we knew that travel would be the perfect remedy for the 9 to 5 life we had accidentally built ourselves. We both have jobs, a quaint apartment with a a nice stainless steal toaster and yet, we are giving it all up for a year of travel. When we share our travel plans, we hear them all :

 

” Oh, how I wish I could do the same! You’re so lucky! I could never do that! ”

 

But guess what? Contrary to popular belief, we do not have trust funds nor do we have access to our own Boeing 787. We have simply stopped making excuses and made our year of travel a priority. Here are 5 excuses not to travel and how you can overcome them.

 

I don’t know where to go

Perfect! This means the entire world is at your disposal. To get a little bit of inspiration think of your hobbies, favourite food or even favourite movies! If you’re a fan of dance, why not go and take a flamenco course in Spain? Or maybe you’d like to do the yoga sun salutation pose at sunrise in India? Do some research by browsing the hundreds of travel blogs online full of stories from every corner of the world. The exploration phase of trip planning is one of the most exciting parts, embrace it!

 

Caro, hiking in Norway.

 

I have no money

This may very well be the worst excuse in the book. When Matt and I decided to travel for a year, we knew we’d have to make it a priority and change our lifestyle. By doing so, we have managed to save $20 000 in 10 months. We clipped coupons, cut our cable TV and walked to work and what a difference it made in our savings account! What about debt? While paying it all off first is best, there’s no reason why you can’t add your bill payments to your travel budget.

 

I can’t quit my job 

If you’re looking into long term travel, your career could be of concern. Why not consider gaining work experience, abroad? There are numerous companies willing to set up international internships or volunteer placements that are sure to be rewarding. Personally, I’ve found my past travel experience to be an asset in the workplace. It shows a sense of initiative, risk taking and adaptability. The education and training provided by life on the road is invaluable.

 

I have no one to travel with

Every year, millions of people pack their bags to go on a trip. One of those travelers is bound to become your friend! Some of my best friends are people I met on the road. If you need a little help meeting people abroad, why not try a program like Couchsurfing a free, worldwide hospitality exchange program. Or take part in the Dine with the French program, where you get to share a meal with a Parisian family, in their home. With so many opportunities to meet people you may actually have some trouble finding some time to yourself.

 

Caro with friends she met on the road from Peru, Poland and Canada!

 

I have a house

When it comes to long term travel, this may be one of the biggest obstacles. While selling your home would be the ultimate radical move, it’s not for everyone. However, why not use home swap programs such as House Exchange? This is one of several websites that lets you swap homes with other travelers. The website is secure and has great feedback from homeowners around the world! Now, doesn’t a 3 month stay in an Italian villa sound fabulous?


So what are you waiting for? Get your passport, a couple of t-shirts and a toothbrush and set off on your own adventure!

 

 

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  • isa

    Caro, what is this Diner with the French program you speak of? 

    • Caro_PassportandaToothbrush

      Oops! I forgot to add the links, will do so promptly! There are a couple of options. Officially, the program is organized by MeetingtheFrench.com where you can pay to eat in French homes or even have tours called Meet the Parisians at work. An alternative to their hefty costs, there is http://eatwithalocal.socialgo.com/, a website where you can sign up to host a diner or find one in said city! Bonne chance!

  • http://www.thetravolution.com/ Cristina

    I know a ton of people who don’t travel because they don’t have the “urge” to. What a strange concept! I think if they travelled somewhere once they would see how an incredible experience it can be. At least for me, travel is addictive! How could you not have the “urge” to explore this awesome world?! 

    • Caro_PassportandaToothbrush

       Agreed! I mean, to each their own but when I see young people buying home or expensive cars, I can only imagine the possibilities to use that money for exploration!

      • http://www.thetravolution.com/ Cristina

        Me too! When I see a price tag I always compare it to what it can buy me in travel, like a flight! Haha

  • http://www.fourjandals.com/ Cole @ Four Jandals

    Great tips! Always struggle to understand why people say they can’t travel! And usually for these exact reasons :)

    • Caro_PassportandaToothbrush

      Excuses excuses excuses! But hey, that just leaves more undiscovered spots for us travelers to venture out to!

  • http://www.baconismagic.ca/ Ayngelina

    I had no one to travel with so I took off on my own. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

    • Caro_PassportandaToothbrush

      Giiiirl! I remember reading your post about all that happened right before your decision to keep on going with your trip, solo. So touching. Very happy you did, obviously it was a great decision and so inspiring!

  • http://smilingfacestravelphotos.com/ Nomadic Samuel

    I find that a burning passion to hit the road helps the excuses melt out of the way.  I find those who make them are typically scared or not as interested in going as they may indicate.

  • http://www.thetravelhack.com The Travel Hack

    Great post. There are so many people who say ‘I want to travel but…’ I’m really glad that I did my big trip travelling just after uni when I had no commitments. Sure, I had no money either but that’s just a minor detail! When you really want something, you find a way to make it work!

  • http://twitter.com/Anywhereists Making It Anywhere

    If you own a house, renting it out for a year is a good alternative to selling. Depending on the area and your financing, it’s often possible to make a good monthly profit that will subsidise your travel.

    Most excuses not to travel are just convenient ways to avoid dealing with the fear of making the leap. With a year’s planning, I’d say almost anyone could line things up so travel is possible – it’s just a question of whether each person considers the sacrifices and uncertainty worthwhile.

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  • youreclueless

    You’re a silly cunt. Save $20,000 in a year? That’s more than I make in a year, you oblivious twat.

  • Loris Yamauchi

    At times I find that
    people always depend on their family or friends to work it out with them. But
    going in clusters often is not possible. Each one gives his or her own excuse
    and at the end of it, we ourselves as well cancel the plan as no one is coming
    along us. We feel what we would do alone, exploring an unknown territory?