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Travel Excuses: What’s stopping you from travelling?

September 17, 2015

Travel Excuses: What's stopping you from travelling?Have you always wanted to travel the world? Do you find yourself dreaming of new and exciting places?

If you answered yes – then ask yourself: what’s stopping you?!

We have this undesirable ability to justify why we can’t do something, so much so that we can convince ourselves of almost anything. We often fill our heads with questions and hypothetical scenarios of doubt – I know, I do it on a daily basis.

“What if…” “But…” “One day…”

What if we just turned the tables, even just a little bit. Why don’t we turn our doubts into possibilities? Wouldn’t that be nice? Lately, I’ve started to try not to question every little thing. I’ve decided that I’m going to do what I want to do, and nothing is going to stop me – no matter how big or small these challenges are. If I want to travel…I’m going to travel. And you can do this too!

It’s time to stop saying “what if” and start saying yes!

I’ve spoken to many people who would love to travel but haven’t, and as it turns out, their excuses all seem to stem around the same few reasons.

I want to travel but…

1. “I can’t afford it!”

This is probably the most common excuse not to travel. So you can’t afford to stay in a fancy hotel? Don’t worry, neither can I! But you know, that’s not the only way to travel. I’ll tell you a little secret, you don’t have to be rich to travel. In fact, you’ve probably seen those crazy stories about the people who travel on less than $15 a day. Okay, perhaps you don’t have to travel that cheaply, but there are always other options.

Instead of staying in hotels, consider hostels. Instead of travelling to Europe, consider Southeast Asia. Instead of buying that flat screen TV, buy a plane ticket. Instead of eating out everyday, consider making your own food. You see where I’m going with this?

It’s all about getting your priorities straight, changing your habits and making sacrifices. Of course, it’s not going to happen miraculously overnight, but if you put your mind to it, travel is definitely achievable in the long run.

So next time you go to buy the $15 cocktail on a night out…think again!

Read: How To Save Money To Travel The World

Travel Excuses: What's stopping you from travelling?

2. “I don’t have the time!”

The truth is, no one ever really has time.

However, if you really want to travel, you have to MAKE time.

Remember, travel doesn’t necessarily have to be time-consuming. A local weekend getaway can be just as satisfying as a month-long vacation in Europe. Like I’ve said, one of my favourite places to visit is the Mornington Peninsula and that’s only an hours drive for me! If you want to go on a longer trip, save up your annual leave hours for a big trip!

Instead of saying, “I’ll do it someday” – ask yourself: if not now, when? There’s always going to be a better time to travel, but honestly, the best time to start is now. Stop prolonging what you want to do or it will be too late. So if you really DO want to make a change, go for it.

It’s time to make your dreams a reality!

Read: You Don’t Have To Quit Your Job To Travel The World

Travel Excuses: What's stopping you from travelling?

3. “I have no one to go with!”

Let me tell you, travelling solo is not something new. In fact, there are plenty of travellers who wouldn’t travel any other way.

If you’re worried about travelling by yourself or perhaps are feeling hesitant about being lonely, you could consider joining a group tour such as Contiki, Topdeck or G Adventures.

If group travel isn’t for you, consider staying in hostels and take part in group walking tours. You’re bound to meet some like-minded people on the road.

I’m planning on going on my first solo trip next year and I can’t wait!

Read: Why All Women Should Travel Solo Once In Their Lives 

Travel Excuses: What's stopping you from travelling?

4. “It’s not safe to travel”

It’s certainly wise to think about your safety abroad. Truth be told though, nowhere is really safe. Yes, you may get robbed, scammed or even killed, but honestly this could happen anywhere. There are bad things happening all around the world, even in our own backyards. So don’t ever let these fears keep you from seeing the world!

Always do your research before you go. Check online travel forums and government travel warning website (i.e. Smartraveller) to find out about the current situation in the destination you are looking to travel.

Always use common sense. The most important way to keep safe is to be aware of what is going on around you. Be street smart at all times – most of the time, bad things only happen when you let your guard down.

Read: How To Stay Safe When You Travel As A Solo Female

Travel Excuses: What's stopping you from travelling?

 Need that extra push?

Check out these amazing, inspirational posts by some of my favourite travel bloggers!

How To Travel The World Even When You’re Broke by A Globe Well Travelled

How To Change The “I’m Too Poor to Travel” Mindset by Nomadic Matt

How To Make Friends While Travelling Solo by Adventurous Kate

Incredible Women Who Will Inspire You To Travel Solo At Least Once by Buzzfeed

Top 10 Travel Safety Tips For Women by Adventurous Kate

Staying Safe When You’re On Your Own by Twenty-Something Travel

How To Travel The World For Free by The Blonde Abroad

Travel Excuses: What's stopping you from travelling?

I would love to travel but….but what? There’s always going to be an excuse, so it’s your responsibility to find a way around it and take every opportunity to travel the world. Because, why not? What’s there to lose? Don’t let these travel excuses hold you back! Come on now. . . book that ticket!

The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” ― Jordan Belfort

Do you find yourself making excuses not to travel and live out your dreams? How do you overcome them?

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  • Reply Yara Miora September 17, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Goodness this post simply sums up my thoughts these days!! No more excuses, lets make the most of our lives and stop all the “what if”-ing. Lots of love,

  • Reply Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki September 18, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Love this! I always hear these excuses from my friends in the states, I think I need to send this post to a few of them 🙂

  • Reply Ashlea September 18, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Too right, Kelly! There are so many excuses we make on a daily basis that could easily be overcome. I love that Jordan Belfort quote you have at the end (and that movie is awesome!) because it’s completely on point. Excuses are all in our mind, there is nothing actually stopping us from achieving what we set out to do.

  • Reply Annemarie September 19, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Great post and great article links! I know why people can be so reluctant to actually follow their urge to travel but fear of change and being uncomfortable in face of the unknown should never stop you from chasing your dreams.

  • Reply Lou September 24, 2015 at 5:06 am

    I have a lot of friends who claims that they can’t affort travel etc., but then they buy clothes few times a week! It’s all about priorities and how much we love travelling. No more excuses! 🙂

  • Reply Kelsey Sleek October 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm

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  • Reply Kerstin October 10, 2015 at 3:44 am

    Love this post! However, I do not agree with the money and time ones. I for example would love to travel more but I have to go to University from Mo-Fr (mandatory courses from 8-14) and have to work on Saturday and Sunday in order to afford studying. 😀

    Love, Kerstin

  • Reply Emma October 20, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Great post – I really dislike when people make excuses or try to say “you’re so lucky I wish I could travel that much”…well, they can. Although my one excuse at the moment is that everywhere in Europe’s too cold! I need to snow gear so I can get my ass in gear!


  • Reply theaspiringdigitalnomad November 8, 2015 at 3:27 am

    Spot on Kelly, so many people have such predictable excuses not to travel. But if they could just surmount those a whole new world of possibilities and growth opens up to them. Great reminder to people to get out of their head and get out into the world!

  • Reply Rick Stevens September 5, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Absolutely right, Kelly, People spend a lot of money on things they don’t really need. They don’t know that many people who travel are not the richest persons in the world.

  • Reply Timmy Smith January 23, 2017 at 1:30 am

    You’re absolutely right, Kelly! There are so many excuses out there stopping people from following their dreams, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get past them. A lot of the time, all it takes is one leap, whether that be buying those tickets, booking that train, or quitting that job!
    Anyway, as a brand new blogger I love your overall message, as it resonates with me. Check out my first blog post and let me know what you think!

    Nice work, and keep it up!

    Timmy Smith (Protagonist Tim)

  • Reply Ann July 22, 2017 at 12:52 am

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  • Reply Kara August 29, 2017 at 2:51 pm


    I absolutely love this blog post. I am also guilty of using the usual travel excuse, “one day I’ll go” and “I can’t afford it” are my top 2 excuses. I have always wanted to travel the world and see different cultures for myself and I really need to break out of my shell and act on that impulse of wanderlust. I keep up with multiple travel bloggers, many of them being solo travelers (and female!!), so why not me too?!
    Thank you for the inspiration, Kelly! Wonderful article.

    – Kara

  • Reply Kara August 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm


    I absolutely love this blog post. I am also guilty of using the usual travel excuse, “one day I’ll go” and “I can’t afford it” are my top 2 excuses. I have always wanted to travel the world and see different cultures for myself and I really need to break out of my shell and act on that impulse of wanderlust. I keep up with multiple travel bloggers, many of them being solo travelers (and female!!), so why can’t I do the same!?
    Thank you for the inspiration, Kelly! Great job.


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