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Subtlety has never been my strong suit. Clearly writing normal-length blog posts also eludes me (this one’s a doozy, sorry in advance).

Little known fact about me, I LOVE pep talks! I hate getting them, but I love giving them. Prepare to be pepped.

There is just something about me that makes people want to spill all their thoughts and feelings. I should have been a therapist that way I could afford to pay my bills on time and not be living with my parents. From break-ups and make-ups to quarter life crises to following your dreams, I got you covered.

But my specialty? Encouraging and inspiring people to move abroad and travel the world. Everyone needs a little pushing and prodding in the right direction. Some people even need a giant kick in the ass to get out the door, even me. It took two awful break ups to stop being a weenie and start following my travel dreams.

Moral of the story: don’t be a weenie.

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In all seriousness, think hard, really hard. Do you REALLY want to travel? Is moving abroad on your life to-do list? Do you NOT get to travel as much as you would like for some reason? Is that reason MONEY? What is holding you back from your travel dreams?

75 percent of young Americans say that they wish they could travel more but don’t really mean it (I just made that up). My point is to be honest with yourself first and foremost and think about your priorities. Is travel important enough to you that you are willing to make some other sacrifices in your life to make it happen?

I get way too many messages from people asking travel advice, and I also get way too many backhanded remarks saying the dreaded “I wish I could travel like you do.”

I HATE THAT COMMENT SO MUCH! God, it kills me every time I hear it!

Newsflash people, you totally can!

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But don’t say it if you don’t mean it! Have you violated border control and thus have been banned from every country in the world? Are you in the hospital or in jail? Are you trapped in a war-torn country and are physically being detained and cannot leave? Are you indebted to the Mafia and are so poor you can’t even buy ramen? If your answer is E: none of the above, then can it.

Of course there are many smaller reasons that keep people from traveling as much as they would like, like families, relationships and money, but let me tell you, you can work around that IF traveling is a priority for you, IF being the operative word. Let me tell you, there is a big fat difference between CAN’T and WON’T when it comes to traveling.

So here are the 10 most common excuses I hear about why people don’t travel, and my 10 reasons why they are complete BS and why ANYONE can go travel the world if they really want to:

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Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

1. “I can’t afford to travel; I don’t have any money.”

Boom, if I had a dime for every time I heard this whopper I would have a lot of dimes. Let’s go back to the priorities question. Is traveling a legitimate priority for you, or just a whim? I’ll fill you in on a big secret: if you really want to travel or live abroad at some point in your life, it’s totally possible, no matter how broke you are IF you make it a priority.

Nothing makes me angrier (exaggeration) than someone wearing $150 furry boots who drives a new car and has the newest iPhone tell me “I wish I could travel more but I can’t afford it.” BS missy! It’s called prioritizing your expenses. How badly do you want to go to Paris? Do you want it more than a shopping spree, a new phone, or dinner and drinks out with your friends?

Most of us aren’t lucky enough to be trust fund babies, and we have to make our own way in the world which means we have to pick and choose our expenditures. Cut out something you don’t care a lot about and save up for the trip of your dreams, whether it takes 1 month of saving or 1 year, it’s all up to you and you can make it happen.

Here are some inspiring money-saving posts:

*See more below*

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Ollantaytambo, Peru

2. “I don’t have anyone to travel with, and I am too nervous to travel alone.”

Personally, I love traveling alone. It is pure freedom and you don’t have to worry about the wants and needs of other people; you can do whatever you want without compromise. I’m inherently very selfish so this is perfect for me. But realistically, I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

However, don’t let the fear of going alone keep you from following your travel dreams. Not going somewhere you really want to go to because you can’t find a travel companion is just plain STUPID. All caps.

Grow a pair. Are you really that dependent?

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The great thing about traveling is that you meet a ton of people and it’s easy to make friends. Everyone is outside their comfort zones and usually pretty happy, so I find I meet people without even trying. There are great communities for people traveling online too (like couchsurfers, even if you aren’t couchsurfing), and if you want to move abroad, there are usually expat groups around town that schedule meet ups. And don’t forget us bloggers, we are veritable social butterflies. People ask to meet me all the time when they come to Spain, though I usually say no because they are 50 year old men. Use sound judgment, ladies, and always carry a rape whistle (personal motto-patent pending).

Otherwise look into organized tours around the world. That is one of the best ways to travel and not be alone. Companies like G Adventures and Intrepid Travel cater towards a younger, hipper crowd so you won’t be stuck on a bus with a bunch of old people. I guarantee if you book a tour alone, you will come home with a dozen new best friends, not to mention the experience of a lifetime.

Because when you travel alone, you are never really alone.

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Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

3. “I’m afraid my boyfriend will break up with me.” 

Newsflash, honey-bun, if your boyfriend (or significant other) will break up with you because you want to travel, it’s not meant to be.

Ouch! I know how hard it is to hear it when people say “I know how you feel, I’ve been there,” but in this case it’s true, I really know how it feels because I’ve been there myself. Twice. In my 24 years I’ve walked, stumbled and roamed my way around the planet, I have had two separate boyfriends tell me they don’t want to be with someone traveling or living abroad. That is something really awful to go through.

How do you make that choice? Love versus travel? Honestly, I believe you shouldn’t even have to make that choice at all. When it’s truly the right person and at the right time in your life, it won’t matter where you are living or where you are going. Either they will come with you or you will make it work long distance. Those are just details. If someone is willing to end a relationship over travel, that’s really shitty, they are not worth being in your life. End of story.

Trust me (again) you will regret it if you give up your dreams for someone else. Maybe not at first but it will turn bitter and sour and probably eventually ruin a relationship. I have seen this happen with several friends. How many people regret NOT traveling? Millions. How many regret traveling? None. Unless you get malaria or something.

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In Cappadocia, Turkey. This is not my quote but I can’t figure out who coined it. Help?!

4. “Traveling is so expensive.”

Let me fill you in on a little secret: the world is also not as expensive as you think it is.

There is a prevalent (totally wrong) idea, at least in the US, that travel is a great luxury and is very costly. Don’t get me wrong, it can certainly be expensive but it is nowhere what people believe it to be, especially if you plan right. There are dozens of discount sites to help you plan an affordable vacation, and like with everything in life, there is a huge range of expenses you can incur. Sites I use and love: for sleeping: Couchsurfing, Hostelworld and Booking.com and for flying: Skyscanner and Kayak.

For example, travel blogger Nomadic Matt has recently published a book called How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. That may seem like a lot but it’s actually not if you really think about it. $50 a day = $18,250 for a year’s worth of traveling the world. I am guessing that most people who work full time earn more than this, so for example if you were to squirrel away as much as possible, I bet you could save that amount in two years or less if you were dedicated.

Of course that is if you want to take a year off to travel the world indefinitely. If you want to move abroad and work, it would be much less, and many people just want to plan a trip for 10 days to a month, which is so much less, and depending on where you’re going and what time of the year, it can be incredibly cheap.

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5. “I don’t have time to travel.”

Make time to travel then. You have more time than you think.

Easier said than done, I understand. America is a hot mess when it comes to vacation time. We get totally shafted compared to the rest of the world, and there is this perverse mentality that you live to work instead of the other way around. If you are in a job where you are stuck with limited vacation days, do what you can to maximize the time you do get.

I’m in the most white-bread boring cookie cutter corporate job at the moment, and I get 10 days paid vacation plus 10 paid company holidays plus 5 days sick leave a year. I think this is pretty standard. If you really want to travel, try not to use a day here and there, and instead save up and group them together. For example when I went to Turkey, I had a Monday off for President’s Day, then I only had to use 4 days of my own vacation time, I flexed in the week before so I had half a day on Friday for time to catch a red-eye flight to Germany giving me a nice 10 day trip in Turkey with leftover days to spare. Try to arrange your trips around holidays to save on vacation time.

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6. “Traveling is dangerous.”

Ha.Ha.Ha. This would be funny if I didn’t hear it so goddamn often (MOM). Of course traveling is dangerous, EVERYTHING is dangerous nowadays. But is traveling MORE dangerous than staying at home? Not really. The world isn’t as scary as we are led to believe.

This idea is really predominant in the United States. For some reason, there persists a strong feeling of xenophobia among Americans, which is incredibly ironic considering we are country made up almost entirely of immigrants! We as a country are afraid of the rest of the world. Why? Someone please enlighten me!

Statistically speaking, we have some of of the highest murder rates in the world, along with Central America. If I weren’t American, I would be afraid to come to America! Personally speaking, I am not afraid traveling around other countries alone as a young women, as when I have to walk to my car at night outside Washington D.C.

Just the other night I was waiting on an empty metro train minding my own business when two SKETCH guys came in and sat down next to me and tried to hit on me and touch my leg. As I am a lady (most of the time) I will not repeat what they said to me here. I mean these dudes were SCARY. They had face tattoos. And not tribal face tattoos either. I listen to Lil’ Wayne, I know a thug when I see one. I was out of that train car faster than a knife fight in a phone booth. Convinced I had narrowly avoided getting shot, mugged, or gangbanged, or all three, I spent the rest of the train ride hyperventilating several cars down with one hand on my pepper spray the other on my cell phone. Sometimes I forget just how sketchy DC can be. But my point is that I just spent 2 years abroad traveling the world, and that moment on the metro was the most scared I’ve felt.

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Aswan, Egypt

Pot calling the kettle black, America. You should not be calling other countries “dangerous,” especially when you have several cities on the list of highest murder rates in the world.

For example, when I told people I was traveling to Egypt after the Revolution or Turkey after the bombing of the US Embassy, many of my close friends and family told me I was crazy and urged me to cancel my trips, which of course I didn’t. And I was right. It’s important to realize the difference between “dangerous” destinations and “unlucky” destinations. If you take precautions and are a smart traveler, why should it be considered riskier than anything else?

Just avoid Mexico and Detroit and you should be fine.

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7. “I can’t travel because of my student loans.” 

Of course we all have unexpected expenses and obligations, but even with them, you can still budget in a trip or two if you really want to. I think I am a pretty good example because I have almost 6 figures in student loan debt (shit, I can’t believe I admitted that publicly. No one is going to want to marry me now). Not to sound like a total douche, but I haven’t met that many people my age who could top that.

Most of my loans are flexible but I have a massive one with Sallie Mae that has been strangling me since 2009, BUT I make it part of my budget. When I first decided to move to Spain, one of the deciding factors was that I would be given the official status of “student” meaning I could defer my loans. Some of them accumulated interest but for me, it was worth it to get to live in Spain, and what was a thousand dollars or so when you already owe $90,000+?

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Of course that doesn’t mean that everyone should defer or put their loans in forbearance, but it is an option, and there are ways in which you can still travel, even long term, and deal with heavy loan debt. If you are saving for a big trip over several months or so, you can budget in your monthly loan repayment – that is what I am doing now. Other options include consolidating or lowering your monthly payments. I have a full post dedicated on how to deal with student loans while in Spain. There are options out there, don’t feel trapped or feel like you can’t travel because you have a ton of student loan debt.

8. “I have a food allergy”

Ok, this isn’t the most common excuse, but it’s one I hear quite a lot since I travel with a life-threatening food allergy and I’ve started writing about it; somehow I have become the poster child for food allergies, not exactly what I would like to be known for but meh, fine I guess. Check out my story about how Dublin almost killed me.

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Caption contest! At the original Starbucks in Seattle, WA

Many people feel that they can’t travel because of their food allergy or illness, and I get a surprising amount of emails asking for tips and advice, along with even more from angry moms berating me for being a bad influence on their kids.

Even if you have a life-threatening allergy you can still travel if you plan ahead and are smart about it. Research the country you are going to and their foods and don’t eat food you don’t see prepared if you are nervous it might come in contact with what you are allergic to. The rest of the world doesn’t care about lawsuits or food contamination like the US, so when in doubt, say no. Don’t be an idiot like me and make sure you travel with at least two Epi-pens if necessary along with Benadryl. I’ve even started traveling with food allergy translation cards and photos of peanuts to show people in case I can’t communicate properly.

Don’t let a food allergy keep you from traveling.

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 9. “I have kids.”

Ok you got me there. Not only do I not have kids, but I don’t even think about having for at least 5 years.This personal belief of mine was firmly reaffirmed last weekend when I spent 5 minutes in the family bathroom at Macy’s. Hell. No. Times. A. Billion.

I have met plenty of parents who have told me they wish they could have traveled like me when they were my age but then they had kids. Shaking their heads, they almost always say, “do it while you’re young and you still can.” Honestly, that mentality is not reassuring and is far from convincing me that I want to have a family and grow up any time soon.

Call me naive, but I really hope the day I start popping out kids is NOT the day I throw my passport away. Parents can travel with kids and not be rich, right? It all goes back to priorities and not viewing traveling as a major “luxury.” Travel is as expensive as you make it. I know of plenty of family travel blogs out there, and they make it work somehow. So instead of springing for that fancy summer beach house, why not rent a campervan in New Zealand instead?

I’m determined to be one of those cool moms who takes her kids on adventures every summer, and probably make them go to school abroad. But I will never wear mom pants. Or Tevas. Or fannypacks. Ever.

10. “…”

I’m leaving this one up to you guys. What’s the best, funniest, most innovating excuse you’ve heard for why people don’t travel and why you think it’s crap.

*More inspiring money-saving blog posts:

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Bovec, Slovenia

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148 Responses to No More Excuses! Go Abroad Now!

  1. Adesewa September 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Hi Liz, the thing is I’m a nigerian, I av finished my undergraduate studies, no job yet and no money, but I really wanna travel around the world, I don’t even mind if I start from African countries but I’m really short of cash since I have no money and considering our poor state of living here n no job to generate any form of savings. I don’t know how to go about it and the tot of not being able to travel makes me sick! I would love to hear from you. I really love your write up there. Keep the good work up! *hugs*

  2. Rachel September 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    Hi Liz,

    I love reading your blog. I am planning to apply for the auxiliar program in January, for next year and all your posts about the program have already been so helpful.

    I also hate hearing people say that they wish they could travel more, just do it!! I live in a lovely ski town in Colorado, and we are constantly hearing tourists say that we are so lucky to live here, they wish they could. There is no luck involved!

    That being said, as for travel excuses, I do have one that I don’t think anyone else has brought up. I have two large dogs that I will be devastated to leave behind. To me, this is more of a problem than having children. I think if I had kids, I would just take them with me. I fully plan to share international travel with my future children. I am still struggling with leaving my dogs behind though. I lived in South America for 3 months a few years back and that was definitely the hardest part. Now with plans to leave for a year, and even considering doing a second year in Spain or maybe somewhere else, this is what I find the hardest. I don’t think bringing them will be an option, but I don’t know if abandoning them (with my parents, of course) for that long is either.

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  4. Ali B October 13, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Safety wise- have you traveled alone as a young female? What kind of safety precautions should one take? Funny that you mention moms, since mine won’t stop worrying about that… ;)

    Any tips?

  5. Stephanie October 14, 2013 at 3:22 am #

    I am soooo glad I read this blog. I have always wanted to travel and never even considered travelling alone because quite frankly, I don’t know anyone that does it. I’m 23 and still working on my undergrad and I want to make a trip out of the country at some point within the next year and I don’t know of anyone at all that would be up for it (because of all of the reasons you posted as well as lack of desire). I am definitely going to take some of your advice and plan a trip by myself within the next year!

  6. Duane Storey October 18, 2013 at 6:05 am #

    Hi Liz,

    I’m a new reader, but great post! I made a huge life change a few years ago as well – I was stuck in a crappy desk job in Vancouver and pretty miserable, so I decided to quit and go explore the world. My first destination was Buenos Aires, Argentina, and that was 2.5 years ago. I’m up to about 30 countries now, and way way happier than I was before.

    I recently put some advice into a free travel eBook for people if anyone is interested.

    Most people who hear about my adventures when I’m back home all say the same thing, like “you are so lucky to be able to do that”. One thing they fail to realize is that anyone can travel if they want, they just have to commit to it and make the appropriate life changes to make that possible. So many people seem to just want things given to them, when the reality is that we all have to carve out our own futures. The best way to predict your future is to create it!

    Keep up with your adventures!

    Duane

  7. Stang22 October 26, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    Not gonna happen.

  8. Gargi Shingte October 27, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Hi! I was really very much amazed reading that you’ve actually been travelling since the age of sixteen!! I’m twenty now, and I yearn to travel so very much. I’m okay with most of the things above, in fact even excited to do them! But there’s this thing that’s eating me up. I’ve been pretty ambitious as a child, so I started off into a financial accounting professional career. So what happens to that if I let it go and travel? No offence in here, just curious, but do you work as you travel other than small jobs? Is life as happy doing nothing but travelling as much as I want it to be? Do you never feel like have a luxurious life too? Maybe travel in luxury as well?
    I would love an honest opinion, coz I’m wanderlust. Sigh.

  9. Jonathan November 9, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Well this post made my mind up. I’m scared of travelling alone but seeing all the places you’ve been and how happy you are, I’m sure I can conquer the fear.
    I am going to travel for a year, not sure where I’m going to start but by the time I’m dead I want to have been everywhere. Thank you :)

  10. Paris Asia November 22, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    I NEEDED to hear this
    It was such a light bulb moment for me.

    I’m 21, no kids, no obligations, single.
    “I have no one to travel with”

    However, who ever said I NEEDED someone to travel with

    ☺️

    Thank you,
    Travel well!!

  11. Christine December 4, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    I totally love this blog post about traveling. Now, I just need to save up for my parents big surprise for them. It may take years to earn it but I’m gonna make it a priority. After that, it’s time to save up for our wedding and live/travel abroad. I’m gonna make it happen before I die. :) Fingers crossed :))

  12. K December 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Perhaps I missed this one elsewhere in the comments, but what about the fact that travel is typically not the most environmentally-friendly thing to do? Airplanes especially emit a pretty darn hefty dose of CO2.

  13. Elise Cambridge December 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    I am sure you meant well with this, and perhaps for some people the ability to travel simply means choosing to budget a little better or take time off work but I hope you understand that, for the vast majority of Americans, and the world, this is in no way the case. For a lot of people, the choice is not “Do I get that new MacBook or go to Greece for a week?” it’s “Do I go to the doctor or eat today?” or “Do I get my kid’s inhaler or pay the electric bill?” And, yes, plenty of people DO work full time and make less than $19,000 a year, for several of my years in college (which I could not help but feel crushingly guilty attending,where I frequently was threatened with being kicked out for being late paying the bills) my father made less than $10,000 dollars a year working for hours longer than most full time jobs and doing strenuous, physical labor, without any health insurance. There are many, genuine, heartbreaking reasons travel is not a possibility for many people: maybe it’s poverty, or they have an ailing relative they must care for (not everyone can afford nursing homes or private care services), maybe the daily grind of trying to make ends meet is so all-consuming that the possibility of seeing far-off places is as much a dream as becoming a movie star. This does not mean these people do not have dreams, it just means that, for a lot of us, we must make those dreams smaller, or put them aside (temporarily, we often tell ourselves) until we someday break free of this cycle. I am sure you meant this post in good spirit, but, please, keep in mind, there are many, many people in the world, lots of them probably in your very own backyard, for whom such trips truly ARE impossible, and it can be a bit insulting to be told if you would just give up your IPhone, you, too, could be a globetrotter (a lot of us can’t afford IPhones, either). I don’t mean this to be mean, or overly critical, just a little nudge to remember there are those around you who are in different circumstances. You are truly lucky. You are blessed.

    • TJ January 17, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

      True enough and Well Said…I am leaving home in the US with very little $$$ – Less than 10K total and no Cred Cards and a Good Attitude, Backpack, Good Shoes, and little else… But you’re right..Even with a bad divorce, I am trying to see a brighter future…=) I wish you good fortune and hope your turn comes soon!!!

  14. NITIN SAINI December 21, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    Wow! You are really taking your blog to the next level. Awesome post Liz! Congrats :)

  15. Mikayla January 9, 2014 at 11:53 pm #

    HI
    I am one of the lucky kids that have awesome parents that want to take us overseas. Even though my brother is about to turn 18 and didn’t want to come to the original place we were thinking of, my parents decided to take us to Europe for 3 weeks instead. We get the experiences like travelling on a long flight, planning the trip, budgeting and immersing ourselves in a different culture. I have learnt far more interesting and useful things from travelling than from my high school humanities class and would not exchange it for any material possession.

  16. Grace January 17, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    What about: I’m studying at university, I live with my parents because they say they don’t have money to let me live in another town otherwise they spend money on useless things and they give me happily a new phone that costs 300euros but just for that because travelling is not involved and when I have some money because of the supporting centre of uni and I book a trip they make that trip a nightmare calling twice a day during my short trip of four days and they also say they wanna travel but they don’t really embrace the possibility and if I say I want to work they prohibit it and when I get a job without their appreciation they destroy me saying “left because you don’t need it, you’re not happy, a job is not what you need, just study and if you do that we will pay the master in any university you like” and all this stuff.

    That’s why I say you’re lucky to travel this much because before solving real problems that hold you back, you have an open mind to dream big.
    All the people that travel and succeed in realising their dreams are role models. I wish one day my life can be so free.

  17. TJ January 17, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

    Well, I hope I get to Spain sometime to meet you…I am on my way to Thailand right now after a bad divorce to teach English after taking my Certification Class in Country…Very Excited!! Ex took everything Total resources before paying before class and plane ticket were $8000…No Credit Cards…45 Years old and A Backpack and Duffle -Ready to Smile a lot and keep movin…Its not a vacation…its a new start – Teach in one country a year traveling around the world.. 1 camera from Target, 1 laptop computer, 1 ipod, some camping/survival gear for the tough days on the road…And Good hiking Boots…Lightweight..=) Ready to rock!!! =)

    • Cindy April 24, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

      Hi TJ,

      Very curious, where did you take your Certification class to teach English in Thailand. I might be moving to Thailand leaving it all behind. I would enjoy teaching.
      Hope to hear from you soon.

  18. jj January 19, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    hi NICE POST ! so agreed ! and like more motivated to travel even more when I am STILL in 20s ! I want to ask your permission to share your post within my circle ? well I guess I am going to share your amazing article anyway , but if it is going to be a problem plz tell me :) and thanks for sum-up and encouragement CIAO * *

  19. Shannon January 21, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    I’m 16 and planning my first trip abroard to Vancouver with my best mate when I’m 20 or so. My parents were in the Navy, and got to travel to all kinds of amazing places so I’ve been brought up hearing about Singapore, Egypt and Brazil.

    Peru is top of the list. Nazca Lines and Macchu Pichu!

    One of the main excuses is fear. Everybody is so scared of other people, different in almost every way.
    What they find scary, I find fascinating!

  20. Roscoe Pyle February 13, 2014 at 7:43 am #

    You’re a fake!

  21. Loris Yamauchi April 5, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    At times I find that people always depend on their family or friends to work it out with them. But going in clusters often is not possible. Each one gives his or her own excuse and at the end of it, we ourselves as well cancel the plan as no one is coming along us. We feel what we would do alone, exploring an unknown territory?

  22. Sheriff May 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    Namastay Liz…. “Let be in Indian Style”

    I am 25 and i lived 2 Years in New Zealand and now I am missing my travel part so badly, that i keep on dreaming visit to different part of world every night….

    Need your help on same how to figure out best in me…how to live world ?

    Best Regards / Sheriff.

    • Sheriff May 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

      Hey Liz

      Please do reply…

      Sheriff.

  23. Lyna May 21, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    I just came upon your blog just at the time I am thinking of traveling as my heart loves to go places but I am stuck (with people being dependent on me) and honestly never been traveling my life. And now that I waste so much time working that I feel like time is slipping from me to truly do what I want and that is travel.

    Worse case now is that I am feeling the guilt trip from my friends who has refer me into her company and it hasn’t been six month (and the company had already turn me off – never went to a company where no training is provided for you). And I told her I want to quit and travel and she is trying to dissuade me not to quit, to think about money and my future (as she say jobs are hard to find) so now I am at a lost.

    To give up something my heart desire for the security of job OR just ignore my friends, f-it and go! It’s hard when all the people around you are persuading you to change your mind from doing what you want.

    =(

  24. Angeles May 27, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    Ohhhh great article! I already lived abroad with a budget and now I want to study abroad with almost no money!! (Both in Paris) I’ m totally agree with all the things you wrote there, if we really want to do something, we have to do it! It’s important living with no regrets! Life’s too damn short! Hope I can make it through to my new adventure :) (if anyone wants to move to Paris this year is very welcome to make a team in order to find some place to share! That’s what it stressing me right now, the rents there are too high!!!) . À plus!

  25. Sean May 27, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    Way too many people make way too many excuses and I’m glad you are calling all of them out! If only people were aware of the excuses they were making they might be able to switch things around and actually pursue their travel dreams. O well, all you can do is bring it to their attention and hope they figure it out!

  26. mady46 June 25, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

    I dare you to even try saving when you live in a country like Roumania, when you have a salary of just 150 bucks and everything costs just like in any other country where the minimum wage is of 1000.
    Yeah I guess I can cut out on something I really don’t need like food,water,shelter.
    When you’re trying to survive travel is just a nice dream.

  27. Ana June 26, 2014 at 8:33 am #

    Just commenting because I saw in the last picture you were to Slovenia (for some reason people from the rest of the world knowing that Slovenia exists still surprises me…). Anyway, a great blog you have here :)

  28. Charlie Davids July 16, 2014 at 5:44 am #

    So what if you’re allergic to travel?

    :)

    Okay okay. But seriously, every excuse i’ve ever heard is just people being afraid to enjoy life. Run towards the fears and excuses and you’ll suddenly see that life is beautiful everywhere.

    Ive jumped out of planes, ridden elephants in the jungles and camels in the deserts. Climbed mountains and dove deep beneath the sea. The world is incredible but we cannot be afraid to experience it.

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