When I was younger I was fortunate enough to travel the world on my parents dime. I was fortunate enough to have parents who loved to travel and push for family vacations. Now, over the years, it has become an obsession and I know for the rest my life, I will continue to travel. But most people don’t travel, instead they make excuses!
Travel has shaped who I am today and my views about this world. It has taught me that traveling is never as it seems and the world is not a scary place like the media likes to portray. People who have different religions, races or share different view points are alike for the most part (more than most people like to admit). The majority of people I know don’t travel and don’t care to know what is beyond their own limited borders. People are always surprised that I can travel so much and they ask how? Simple answer “I just do.” Below I’m going to share the common excuses on why people say they don’t travel and why they are total BS.
“It’s Too Expensive”
Umm true or false…. It’s really how you look at it. Are you a person that is on a budget or someone who has saved a lot of money? Regardless it’s about spending your money wisely. I know too many people who are wasteful and spend it on buying on new items that they don’t even need… A new flat screen TV when your “lesser” TV still works perfectly fine. Now I understand there comes a point when you should update but does it need to be every 2 years? It’s one of the many things I see people spend on when it’s not necessary. You can say the same for buying clothes or going out to eat. It’s all the same and if you don’t spend your money wisely then you will never have the money to travel. I just figure that the adventure and travel is more meaningful and offers a way better experience overall.
I read an article recently by this guy named Chris Guillebeau who has very fantastic writings about his experiences traveling and the costs. Now I’m experienced with traveling but I like to do my research and he figured that it costs something like 2 dollars a day for 3 years to go anywhere in the world…. And that’s if your saving only 2 dollars a day…. And really for majority of the world you can go somewhere for a heck of a lot less than 2 dollars a day. Uh thanks Chris for the clarity on spelling out what traveling really costs.
“I Don’t Have Time”
Ah yes… you don’t have time… I hear this all the time. And you know what, I can see how you can make yourself believe into thinking you don’t have the time but it’s simply not true. The sad part is that Americans only get an average of 2 weeks of vacation time each year… stupid if you ask me… but this is reality. Regardless 2 weeks is still long enough to go on a vacation anywhere in the world. You just have to prioritize your time and obviously make sacrifices.
It’s easy to make any excuse in the world not to do something because it’s costly or pulls me away from your kids or is too far or too different but ultimately you do hold the choice in prioritizing your time in life. I think the saying goes…
“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”
That quote is a good mantra to remember!! But traveling is no different. You definitely have to conspire to have time in your life to explore the world and I have never met anyone that regretted traveling.
“There is Nothing to See Beyond my Home”
Just typing that sentence alone makes me cringe and for anybody to actually believe that I feel really sorry for. Whoever does believe that is missing out on what the world is offering. Different viewpoints, different ways of living, different scenery… and the list goes on. I say you learn more about yourself and the world around you by actually experiencing it first hand. And it interesting to see the ups and downs of everyday life in worlds different from your own.
Sure the world can seem scary or feel like that there is nothing better out there. There are times when it can be extremely frustrating but those kind of experiences is what make traveling so great. You will never have the same experience as someone else did and will always have a story to tell… a story to learn from.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
Actually people make this excuse to hide the world is different from them. I do feel people who are extreme in their beliefs should consider traveling more. By extreme I mean people who take religion too far or take work too seriously. Traveling allows you to see how little you are in this world. How insignificant you actually are. It makes you humble. And you meet other people with different views and you will perhaps learn that you are not so different as you once thought.
“I Will Do it Eventually…”
This is also an excuse to prolong what you think you will do in the future. The hard truth to know is that you actually don’t know the outcome of the future. You don’t even know if you will be alive in the next 30 years. That sounds grotesque to say but it’s true. Life is very mysterious and sometimes we aren’t given the time to do what we want to do. And you can’t predict your future self and the mentality you might have at that age when you are now young. If you are capable of doing it than I say go for it. Simply put, you have to go for it while you can.
Make the decision to do it today. Today is the perfect day to decide to see the world. I know you have work, exams to take, children to take care of but you also have to invest time in yourself. It is not selfish to want to relax, or go to a place that you have always dreamed about. Start planning and you won’t regret it.
Really there are thousands of excuses not to travel.. It’s not the right time, don’t want to know anything outside my home, etc. But if you really wanted to travel the great thing is that you can make that choice. If you’re reading this you have the luxury of spending money on things like traveling and all it takes is to drop any of the excuses above and have an open mind about the idea of travel!
images by: Ian Mackenzie