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Common Reasons Why People Don’t Travel, & Why They’re WRONG!

Common Reasons Why People Don’t Travel, & Why They’re WRONG!

There are plenty of reasons why people don’t travel. Traveling is one of those things in life that seem complicated, but doesn’t have to be! Many people dream of traveling if only they didn’t have X, Y, Z… 

The truth is, anyone can travel if they want to. Sure, there are things in life that can encourage you to not travel, but if you really want to, you can! 

This should be good news if you are one of those people constantly thinking, ‘I’ll travel next year’, or ‘It’s just not the right time yet.’ We’re here to tell you it IS the right time! You CAN do it!

Sure, you might have to rearrange some things around in your life. But, if traveling is a priority of yours, it is possible. 

We travel a lot, and have heard it all from others: How do you travel so much? I wish I could travel as much as you. If only I could afford to travel, etc. etc. etc.

Traveling isn’t all simple and easy though. If you want to make it happen, there will be stress! You can read more about what no one tells you about traveling here, which might help prepare you for what’s to come! 

Don’t let these top reasons why people don’t travel get you down. Here we will describe common excuses, and how to remedy them!

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Excuse #1: "Traveling is too expensive. I can't Afford it!"

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This is one of the most common reasons why people don’t travel. Most people that say they can’t travel say it is because they believe it is too expensive. Of course, money can be a soft spot for many people. I cannot rightfully say, “you have enough money- spend it on travel!” when I don’t know each individual’s financial situation.

However, I can say, traveling doesn’t have to be expensive. Meaning, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to travel somewhere. There are many traveling options that are very reasonable, and even cheap!

You don’t need to travel across the world or even the country to be “traveling”. Consider taking a road trip. Even somewhere two hours away can be considered traveling! Go camping somewhere new, rent an Airbnb a few hours away, or find discount hotels on Or, find the cheapest flight possible and go there!

Many people find it difficult to save money for a vacation. This is something I think many people struggle with, but it is super important if you are serious about traveling. Here, you can find some easy ways to grow your travel fund, so you can be financially prepared!

Of course, there may be times where traveling just isn’t in the budget: saving for a house, unexpected medical bills, weddings, car troubles, children, etc. However, if you still want to travel, try to change your definition of traveling. A weekend trip can be just what you need to scratch that travel itch! Or, if you can’t travel at all, check out these top things to do at home when you can’t travel!

Excuse #2: "I can't get enough time off of work, my boss won't let me take off"

vacation written on calendar

Another one of the most common reasons why people don’t travel is not being able to get time off of work, or just not having enough time in general. I’ve got to breath for this one because it makes me angry!

The bottom line is, if your job isn’t letting you do the things you are passionate about, you need to quit your job. Sure, the money might be nice, and it might be a stable career. However, what is the point if it is holding you back from doing the things you actually enjoy?

What is the point of making money, to not be able to spend it in the way you want? You are easily replaceable in your job, no matter who you are or what you do. You quit, they’ll just find someone else to fill your spot. Don’t stop your life for a job that will replace you in a day. 

If you really do not want to quit your job, try talking to your boss and see if you can come to an agreement. If you are truly valued in your workplace, your boss will work with you and find some kind of solution. Maybe you can bring a laptop and do some work while you are there. Or, maybe your boss will just say ok! You never know until you ask. 

You only have one life. Don’t waste it slaving away at a job that doesn’t care about what you want. You don’t have to stay there. You are not tied down to anyone or anything. Don’t be laying on your death bed thinking to yourself, “why did I waste my whole life working in that cubicle when I could have been exploring the world”

Excuse #3: "It's not the right time. I'll travel once I X,Y,Z..."

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Maybe you don’t want to travel because you want to get a house first. Or maybe you want to get married, have a baby, finish school, have a stable career, etc. These are all great things that you should absolutely do in your life if that is your goal. However, don’t let it be your only goal.

The truth is, there will never be a “right” time to travel. Even if you are settled down with a beautiful house, family, and a stable career, there is always going to be something: I can’t travel this year because we need to redo the living room. The kids want to do a soccer camp this summer. I broke my arm and need surgery. The car broke down and we need a new one.

There will ALWAYS be something you can use as an excuse not to travel. If you wait for the perfect moment to travel, you will never travel. It is better to book your vacation, and then rearrange in the future if something comes up.

Plus, you will be wasting years of your life waiting for the perfect time (which may never exist). Years you could have spent exploring and checking places off your bucket list! 

Don’t let life pass you by. Make traveling a part of your life plan, instead of putting it on the back burner until everything else is “perfect”.

Excuse #4: "I have no one to go with, I don't want to travel alone"

woman with hands up on top of mountain

Many people choose not to travel because of the fear of traveling alone. I completely understand this one for many reasons. Some people just don’t like to be alone, and others want to share the experience with someone! 

However, if no one will travel with you and you really want to go, you should! There are plenty of reasons people should travel alone at least once. Especially if you are going through some life changes, a solo travel experience might help you find just what you’ve been looking for. 

You can also consider bringing your pup along for the ride, which might help you feel less alone! Don’t forget these tips for taking a cross country road trip with your dog!

If you are afraid of traveling solo, do your research. You may find your fears aren’t actually true! Plenty of people travel solo with no problems. Research places that are ideal for solo travelers, and be prepared so you can feel more at ease!

Excuse #5: "It's too hard to travel with the kids"

woman packing suitcase with baby

Another one of the most common reasons why people don’t travel is saying it is too difficult to travel with children. Sure, traveling with kids does make things a bit more challenging, but it doesn’t have to be impossible!

Take some time to research family-friendly vacation spots, so everyone will have a good time! By keeping everyone happy and doing things everyone enjoys, you limit the amount of stress that can occur.

Do your research ahead of time, and make sure you are always prepared for any complaint your child might have: pack a lot of snacks, games, things to do, clothing options, medicine, etc. Be one step ahead of them!

Additionally, if traveling with your kids is just not your style, you can always find a babysitter. Have your mother in law or sister watch your kids for the weekend while you and your spouse or partner have a little getaway. Don’t feel bad about not taking the kids- parents need alone time too!

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Excuse #6: "I don't speak the language, how will I communicate there?"


Believe it or not, most people speak English, or at least enough of it to get the point across. We have yet to travel anywhere where people don’t understand English, at least a little bit. 

If you are worried about the language barrier, don’t be! Trying to communicate is half the fun! Plus, most large tourist areas have things written in the local language, plus English, so I wouldn’t worry too much about that.

Plus, Google Translate has an app where you can scan text (like a menu or sign), and it will transcribe it into your language of choice! This has come in handy quite a bit, especially in languages where the letters are different and you can’t even try to sound things out!

Additionally, learn a few common phrases before you go. Things like hello, thank you, goodbye, where is the toilet, can I have the check please, etc. Even if you don’t pronounce it correctly, locals always get a kick out of tourists at least attempting the language! They will even help you with pronunciation, which is pretty fun!

In tourist areas, locals seem (at least in our experience) patient with tourists as they learn to navigate the new language. Take your time, do some research, and ask for help if you need it! 

Excuse #7: "I won't like the food there, what will I eat?!"

food on table

Another one of the most common reasons why people don’t travel is being uncertain about the food at a different location. I’m not going to lie- food is a huge part of traveling, and it can really make an impact on how much fun you have.

I actually thought about this when we went to Greece. I typically do not like Greek food like feta and olives, which are huge staples of the Greek diet. However, I had only had American versions of Greek food. Let me just tell you- don’t judge your food preferences for other countries based on your current country’s take on it. It ended up tasting NOTHING like what it did in America, and I ended up loving the food there!

Moral of the story, don’t knock it until you try the real deal. Ingredients are different, and ways of cooking are different!

However, I really did not enjoy the food in Paris. While this was a bummer, it doesn’t have to discourage you from going at all! Traveling is all an experience and food is part of that! 

Excuse #8: "Traveling is such a hassle, I'd rather just stay home"

to do list on notepad with coffee

It’s true. Traveling is a lot of work and can be stressful at times. However, at least in my opinion, it is worth it. 

Yes, it is a hassle to book all the flights, hotels, cars, and events. Trying to find the best restaurants and deals and offers. Learning to navigate a new city, learning new cultures and languages. Don’t even mention all the packing, flights, and car rides you might need to take.

Traveling isn’t all that relaxing. It isn’t fun a lot of the time. But, that’s what helps make the good parts even better! Yes, it can be a huge hassle, but don’t let that discourage you. 

Do your planning in chunks. Don’t try to do it all at once or you will say forget it! Do a little bit each day, and don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it! Plan your trip enough in advance where you can take breaks when you need to. 

Reasons Why People don't Travel

Along with these 8 excuses, there are a hundred more why people choose not to travel. If you just genuinely don’t want to travel, that’s ok too! No one is making you.

However, if you really do want to travel, take note of what is truly preventing you from doing so. Look into some remedies and ways to overcome your fears or misconceptions.

Of course, there are always extenuating circumstances that might prohibit you from traveling. In that case, it is okay to press pause on your travels and wait until a better time!

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