5 Reasons You Should NOT Travel

We’ve all heard it, and many of us have said it.  I wish I could, but i can NOT travel right now.  I’ll come with you next time.  After the kids are in school.  Money’s a bit tight right now, but I’d love to hear about it when you get back.

What’s really being said in the majority of these instances is “I’m not going to travel”; and if we’re being honest, maybe you shouldn’t travel.

The truth is, the “right time” never comes.  Using kids, pets, money, jobs, etc as excuses is just a crutch.  If you wanted to travel, you would make it happen, just like everything else you make a priority in your life.  There’s no need to pretend.  Travel isn’t for everyone, and there’s no need to be ashamed it’s not for you.

To help you figure that out, here are the 5 Reasons You Should NOT Travel:

1. I Don’t Know Where to Start

What’s the first step in planning a successful vacation?  Do I start with a location and then plan flights, lodging, and excursions?  Do I start by finding a flight deal and then figure out what’s offered in that locale?  Maybe I throw a dart at a map or my bucket list and then figure out how to make it happen?

It’s easy to let this chaos take over our minds and stop our travel plans before they even get started!

I have found that one of the best methods to get out of this trap is to take a step back and figure out the type of vacation I’m looking to have.  Deciding between a relaxing, carefree vacation or an experiential, cultural immersive vacation is the best first step in narrowing down your selections.  With this in mind, it’s a good idea to consult your bucket list to see what items fit your chosen vacation goal.

By now you should have a vastly narrowed down view of where you want to go.  This is a good time to check out budget constraints, timing possibilities, flight options, and travel reviews.  Armed with this information, you should be able to create yourself a shortlist of a handful of potential travel destinations.  From here, it’s just a matter of preference … but I can guarantee that the excitement generated from the previous steps will help push you over the threshold!

2. I Don’t Have the Money

I get it, travel can be expensive!

If you don’t have the money to travel right now, that doesn’t have to mean that you’ll never have the money to travel.  There are lots of tricks you can use to save the money to take that trip you’ve been dreaming about.  The key is starting to work toward your travel goal.

Now, let’s be clear.  I’m not recommending that you start dining exclusively on bread and water while taking cold showers to save up for that ’round the world trip this summer.  No need to go overboard!

For many people, the luxury of finding some money to save up to travel is just not a priority.  I’d like to propose that this is still no reason to stop you from exploring.  Maybe an international vacation is out of the question for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore in your own backyard!  Whether you live in a city or a rural area, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the world.  I and many of my friends have found great pleasure in taking in a local street festival, going for a hike, or just a stroll down main street.

Travel doesn’t have to be out of reach, and I’d love to help you find ways to explore this wonderful world of ours!

3. My Plans are Too Ambitious

What if this is my only chance to visit?  So many festivals, so little time!  I need to see it all to make this trip worthwhile!  How much of Europe can i see in 2 weeks?  Australia isn’t that big, is it?

Sound familiar?  Many people, myself included, have fallen into this trap.  When you find your head swimming, it’s time to get out of the pool.  Trying to cram too much into any trip is recipe for disaster.  Not only will it cause you to continually postpone, but if you ever do end up going you’ll be caught in such a whirlwind of activity that you’ll need a vacation FROM your vacation!

This is when a bucket list comes in handy, but not just any bucket list – YOUR bucket list!  Not interested in the Grand Canyon – skip it!  Does the idea of ancient history make you yawn – pass on that tour of Stonehenge!  Prepackaged city tours not your thing – forego the bus tour!  It’s your vacation, and you make the rules!

No matter your destination, there will always be more available to see and do than time (or sanity) allows.  Slow down and actually experience the different locales and cultures.  Who knows, a quiet stroll through the city with a stop at a nice cafe watching the time roll by may turn into one of your trip’s highlights!

Try to approach every trip with the attitude that you’ll return to experience the rest of the items on your “to-do list”.  You’ll be much more relaxed … and you’ll be more likely to get on that plane!

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4. It’s Not a Good Time

I can’t get time off work.  It’s too busy right now.  I’d love too, this is just bad timing.

Does this sound familiar?  Are you stuck waiting for the perfect time to travel only to find that time never comes?  Would you like to change that?

I don’t care who you are; your presence at your job is not more important than your personal well-being.  It had to be said, and you had to hear it.  We all know that “work martyr”, complaining day after day about how they can’t take any of their vacation days.  Or that person saving up their allotted time-off for some time in the future when “things slow down”.  PLEASE don’t let this be you.

Taking time off from work is not just for the frivolous or indulgent among us.  It’s important for our personal well-being.  Need proof?  Here’s a great article I found on Entrepreneur.com outlining the benefits time off and travel can have on your body, mind, and even your work-life!

5. What About My Pet(s)

Many people and 1 or more pets that they need to consider when the travel-bug hits.  Though family, friends, or kennels can be great options; what happens as those options begin to disappear?  Does this mean our travel days are over?  Do we really have to choose between our furry family members and our bucket lists?

Personally, I have a 16 year old Shiba Inu named Soshi who is a huge part of my daily life … so I get it!  As she has aged, we have fewer and fewer people we are comfortable leaving her with.  She’s not a lot of work, but she does require a watchful eye.  We routinely adjust travel plans based on what’s best for Soshi … it can be inconvenient, but it’s definitely possible.

I wanted to see if travel was still possible with pets – especially aging pets, and I’m excited to report that it is!  There are a couple of options that are out there.  They’re not perfect (and you may still decide they’re not for you), but you can’t hide behind this excuse anymore.

Travelling in a vehicle is definitely the easiest method of travelling with a pet.  When crossing borders I have found that as long as you’re vaccinations are up-to-date, and you have the associated paperwork, you’re good to go.  I’ve done this a couple of times with Soshi, and my sister has done it more times than i can count with 3 dogs of various sizes (including a bull mastiff).

If your destination requires a flight, you have some options if your pet is around 20 pounds or less.  Here is a great article describing my friend’s experiences travelling with their cats.

For those who don’t have the option of travelling with their pet (due to size, health concerns, etc), you still have 1 more option: House Sitting!  House sitting allows you to continue your travel-lifestyle, confident in the fact that your pets are well taken care of by hand-picked house-sitters.  If this interests you, I highly recommend you check out this blog from my friends who spend much of their time watching over other people’s homes and pets.

There you have it … the 5 Reasons You Should NOT Travel!

Now the choice is yours.  You can continue waiting for “someday”, or you can get out and start exploring.  See you outside!

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