Top Excuses To Not Travel & How To Overcome Them
Traveling allows you to step outside of your comfort zone and really experience the world. Before traveling I could not imagine how vast the world is in people, culture, landscapes, amongst so many other things. The things that I have seen, experienced, and learned around the world are truly breathtaking and you can watch all of the Youtube, TikTok, and Instagram videos that you’d like, but there are some things that photos and videos do no justice. Things that you can only truly experience through travel and immersing yourself into a world outside of your own.
If we are all liking, commenting, and subscribing to all of this travel content and admiring these destinations and experiences, then what’s holding so many people back from living these experiences on their own? Here’s what kept me vacationing instead of traveling and what I am sure keeps a lot of other people from doing the same.
I couldn’t travel because of my job.
I didn’t have the money to travel.
So then how did I do it? Well, I stopped making excuses because the truth is, if you really want to do something, you’ll find a way to do it.
Here are 8 of the Top Excuses Not To Travel:
And here is how to overcome them:
I Don’t Have The Money To Travel
I use to believe this too! I thought that I needed to be rich to travel long term until I gradually started to vacation and realize that traveling long term doesn’t mean you have to be a millionaire. I would meet people all around the world who would share stories of how they left home with as low as $500 USD and started a lifestyle of continuous travel. I left with just a bit more than that.
I constantly hear comments like “You’re so lucky,” “You must have saved a lot,”, “I wish I had the money to do that.” The truth is, you do have the money to do it without breaking the bank or saving a fortune! You’ll have to make some sacrifices, but its doable.
The Solution: Make sacrifices and change your lifestyle.
Modern day luxuries become more difficult by the day to resist. The expensive dinners, the beautifully decorated cocktails, the pent houses, the fast cars, the hand stitched gowns. It’s all very tempting, but saying “no” to dinner invites or those new shoes that have been calling your name could probably afford you a cheap flight and a comfort style accommodation.
Still can’t figure out how to afford travel, here is what my monthly fees were before traveling vs approximately how much I spend traveling per month.
Cost of Living Before Traveling
Rent/Housing Fees: $1,500/monthly
Car Fees: $300-500/monthly
Social Life: $500/monthly
I spent roughly $2,850/monthly before traveling.
Cost of Living While Traveling (not including flight): ~$600-1,000/monthly depending on the country.
In my experience, traveling cost me a lot less than my lifestyle before traveling.
I share a lot more specifics about this in my E-book.
I Can’t Travel Because of My Job
Even while working my 9-5 I still figured out ways to travel. Actually, I traveled 12 countries while employed, before I decided that 1 to 2 weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO) just wouldn’t cut it for me.
In fact, traveling is what taught me how important work-life balance is. I will never use the excuse, “I can’t travel because of my job” again because it’s just simply not an option that I will work a job that compromises my freedom.