“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain
We often make excuses as to why we can’t leave our comfort zone and familiar spaces to travel the world. We put so many limitations on our abilities to make a travel plan and follow through with it. I constantly hear people say: “I would love to travel more”; “this year is the year I am going to see the world” or, “someday when I’m making more money I’ll take that trip.” And for whatever reason, that someday just never comes.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to force you into doing something you’re just not ready for; rather, it is my goal to encourage you to explore the idea of traveling and to realize that there are feasible ways to make your dream trip come true. It’s important to note that, traveling is not something that just happens unless you are rolling in a lot of “dough” and your last name is “Gates” or “Winfrey” where you can just hop on your private jet or yacht and see the world. No, for us regular folks, in order to travel we have to plan and save up.
In this post we explore 4 common excuses many people use to discourage themselves from pursuing their dream trip. We also provide feasible solutions to help you get over these limitations and explore the world.
1. I can’t afford to travel, it’s too expensive …
I can’t afford to travel, it’s too darn expensive. I mean the plane tickets are costly, excess baggage fees, lodging, transportation and activities will set me back financially. This is probably one of the most common excuses.
While this is true, to travel you do need to spend money (I mean let's be real nothing is free in life). However, there are a few ways you can travel on a budget without breaking the bank.
2. I don’t have the time, I have to work
Ahh yes this one; many of us live in a capitalist world and with that we have to work to earn our daily bread. Taking time off from work can be difficult depending on your employer, job and position. While it can be tricky, it’s still important to make the time to take the time (get it, ha!). I always say, life is way too short to sit around and tell yourself that one day I’m going to take that dream trip. So just do it!
3. I hate traveling alone and I have no one to go with…
I’ve heard this one before, I have no one to travel with, I feel weird traveling by myself and it won’t be fun without a traveling companion. Well if you wait until you always have someone then you will be waiting for a while. Although, having a familiar face with you while traveling makes the trip feels comfortable, however, some of my best travel experiences came from taking solo trips. It forced me into taking full advantage of the experience and it allowed me to indulge in the beauty that surrounded me. I’m talking from the cultural experiences , to the yummy cuisines, and interesting souls I met along the way.
Before you take your solo trip make sure you do your research:
4. “Ain’t nobody got time for the paper work”
In my opinion this is a lame excuse, come on you can’t expect to enter another country without a legal document so yeah you need to handle the boring paperwork prior to your trip. There’s no bypassing this unless you want to be locked up abroad!
Depending on your citizenship some countries allow you to travel without a visa or even passport, but you need some form of documentation. Head to the country website you will like to travel to and research the documentation needed.
Typically when traveling you need these common documents:
I hope these tips are useful and helpful. I advise that you ponder on the excuses/limitations above, and explore the solutions provided. Ask yourself if traveling is worth it and if you are willing to put in the time to plan and prioritize the trip. Then my wanderlusts friends, go ahead and explore the seven continents!
Bon Voyage Mes Amis!!
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Three women going through life.