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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:

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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 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.

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Bovec, Slovenia

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245 Responses to No More Excuses! Go Abroad Now!

  1. Amy October 20, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Your points are spot on I have to say. I am not making any more excuses but just for your further information, it is more expensive for me to travel. I am from Malaysia. Our currency is much lower than America dollar. Even flight tickets already cost us a buckload. Not to mention being Muslim woman everything is just so constricted. It may not be dangerous but hatred towards Islam or Islamophobic is pretty huge out there so we gotta look out more. But unless I do something I will never be able to change that. I am starting to save up. Slowly I wanna cross out the countries in South East Asia. Thanks for the inspiration! Keep travelling. If you wanna come to Malaysia just say the words. 😀

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  4. Jee Ann October 30, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    You are awesome because you say it like it is. My two biggest excuses had been “can’t afford” and “dangerous”, and of course the “I have a job here so that I can feed myself and my family” all made traveling just a dream to me until I read about travel writers and blogs and every single one of them said that traveling doesn’t have to be expensive, that it’s not just for vacations. It can be a lifetime job.

    That’s when I decided that I would travel and I’m saving lots now so that I can travel next year. No excuses. Must travel.

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  9. Melissa April 1, 2015 at 6:06 am #

    YES!! Cosign all of this (a few years late but I just discovered this post). Travel is worth any sacrifice you have to make if you really want it. I hope more people begin to realize they CAN travel and start to make it happen!

    • mohsmed November 30, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

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  10. James Dereck May 1, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

    This is rabbish.
    What should they avoid to travel to one of the biggest countries of the world? I`m talking about Mexico. I’m living here. I prefer this country now than the USA. Mexico is simply, astonishing!!

    • 'Murica December 22, 2015 at 1:44 am #

      A. Rabbish is not a word.

      B. Just because a country is big doesn’t automatically make it astonishing. If you look at it from a cultural / spiritual point of interest per square mile perspective, Mexico sucks (as compared to other countries such as: Cuba, France, Greece, nearly all of southeast Asia)

    • Nix Le Blanc January 10, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

      I know I don’t fit your demographic but on the point about travel with kids – you are spot on! I’m in my forties with 5 kids ranging in age from 6-18 years. We were passionate about travel in our 20s and didn’t let kids slow us down. We’ve saved hard (using methods you outlined), made travel a priority and have had many overseas voyages on low incomes. In 2014, all seven of us visited 20+ countries over 8 months of travel.

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  11. Random Australian May 9, 2015 at 10:01 pm #

    Hey. I’m 16 and I’ve never even left Queensland, but I want to go to Texas to meet someone. I meet her online and we’re in a long-distance relationship.

    • Random Australian #2 August 21, 2016 at 6:57 pm #

      Hey, I’m 16 too and I’ve never even left Queensland either, but I want to go to Chicago to meet someone and I meet her online and we’re in a long-distance relationship as well! I was just wondering if you ever got to actually go and well yeah if you could get back to me that would be great! 🙂

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  13. Vero June 7, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    Quite simply put, when you’ll announce your traveling plans to friends and family you’ll mostly get those three types of answers: 1)- You’re nuts. 2)- You’re so lucky, I wish I could do the same. 3)- Do it! You’ll come out a happier person, and it really doesn’t take much. (And this last one usualy comes from people who’ve traveled themselves.

    We’ve (my fiancé and I) been talking about traveling for a year now, and just booked our tickets last month.

    I wanted to drop a quick “thanks” because it’s blog articles like the one your wrote that have given us the final push to “just do it”! It really just comes down to that. With all the plans we have, and all the things we’d like to do while traveling, we haven’t established where we will end up, and have agreed to take it day by day. It turns out once you decide to be flexible, more and more doors open.

    It comes down to the fact that if you keep on talking about how much you want to travel, and never put things in place to get it done…it’s because you don’t really want it bad enough!


  14. Oladimeji Akinwande June 8, 2015 at 7:20 pm #

    Hello, i am a 19 year old college student from Brooklyn NY who is considering traveling the world and living in different countries throughout my early twenties. Reading this really gave me a positive outlook on the whole idea being that everyone around me thinks i am crazy when i propose it.

  15. Onwenu Amara June 23, 2015 at 8:51 am #

    Hy, Oladimeji, I had to reply this because, your comment is totally “ME” I’m a 19yr old collage student as well(female though) but schooling in Nigeria” who’s dream is just to take a couple of good novels with me, a camera and tour the world, but I’ve had no luck finding like minded individuals like me willing to travel(everyone thinks I’m crazy) but traveling, seeing the world from somebody else’s point of view, experience other people culture, helping out(when I can, like volunteer work)sampling different dishes*just having fun* is like the only thing I wanna do in the whole world, traveling is where my passion lies, so I’m hopping that by 2017(hope I’ll be alive then) I’ll be able to travel the word(having saved enough money for that), so here’s my number you could call me +2348109895612, or not.

    • Victoria July 2, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

      We share the same passions 🙂

    • Rashi February 1, 2016 at 7:22 pm #

      Hey Onwenu, while I am not from the US I do share your passion for travelling. I am currently 19 now, female, and am considering of leaving my crappy life behind and run off into the blue not knowing what I will encounter next. So if you are interested, you may give me a call. Nothing would be better than travelling with people who share the same interests as me. So here’s in my number +918059207573.And just like you said, you could call me or not! 😊 But I do hope to meet people as passionate as me and nothing would be more delightful than meeting them at the very start of my adventure.

      • sahil March 16, 2016 at 12:39 am #

        I am18 and live in india. I also want to travel everywhere and it’s nice to see there so many other people who are same as me.

  16. Charlie E August 24, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    Thank you for the advice, I’ve been contemplating this for a couple years about traveling but I have always been too afraid. Been worried about getting a degree, getting a career, the house, retirement etc… After years of back and forth I’ve reached a point in my life where I seek wisdom and knowledge over a “safe” job or “safe” life. My mind of course is telling me you’re crazy finish school get a career but my heart’s desire to travel, to “know” people in the hopes of better understanding myself as a human being. Billions of untold stories happening every day waiting for someone to discover them. This is how I ended up on google seeking advice and ended up here. I’m going to save some money and hopefully end up safe and sound in india. Always wanted to travel there, hopefully the first of many countries I’ll visit. I’ve always said if I can travel for the rest of my life I dont need anything else in the world. It’s terrifying and very exciting at the same time, I hope one day to write about my travels. Best of luck to everyone that will embark on the same journey, God Bless – Charlie E (24) Los Angeles, CA.

  17. quocpham September 5, 2015 at 2:49 am #

    I’m 27 year old and I’ve never even left VIET NAM, but I want to go to USA. That’s my dream

    • Emmandaline October 8, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

      I am 24, have never left the US, and I also want to travel. I believe we can do it!

      • sanduni December 11, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

        I am 18 and live in Sri Lanka. I also want to travel everywhere and it’s nice to see there so many other people who are same as me. Thank god I wasn’t fantasying whole that time.

        • Starr March 11, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

          I wish I lived in Sri Lanka. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to many places in the world including Australia, Canada, India, UAE, USA, England and South Korea. and I hope that you get to experience that as well one day….but there’s no place that compares to that lovely country of yours—-at least for me anyway. 🙂

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  19. Beatrice Cortez October 16, 2015 at 3:33 am #

    There are a lot of people who travel by themselves. I am one of them 🙂 I love traveling alone. I love packing only one suitcase. Great article! Greetings!

  20. Official October 19, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

    Hi am 24 ,I always dream to travel around the world ..making new friends,experience how other people cook,food tastes…understanding. Their languages..I think ts really awesome to travel around the world because your experiencing a lot…wish one-day to be the best world traveled person in RSA Durban…lovely Eish!!!

  21. Abiodun December 2, 2015 at 5:55 am #

    I want to travel to Canada

  22. Unknown December 16, 2015 at 1:01 am #

    i am 19. have no job nor the money and is totally dependent to parents and the financial condition is poor but i have the dream of traveling and do all the adventures. but look at me, i am stuck here trying to complete my bachelor and i cant do more than just to dream to be in the place i have never been. any suggestions??

  23. Ballsy 19 Year Old Girl December 24, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

    I love this!! I agree 100% with it. I am 19 and a college student in the States. When I was 18 I saved a little money here and there, bought a ticket, connected with a volunteer group, and BOOM. I’m now living in China. Priorities people. Even young college students can fulfill traveling dreams. NEXT STOP TIBET!

    • sammer February 4, 2016 at 3:38 am #

      try india…would be your life experience seriously….

    • varun tejwani December 25, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

      thanks for sharing this article with us..

  24. DVS January 22, 2016 at 2:47 am #

    Happy Holi This was really an interesting topic and I kinda agree with what you have mentioned here!

  25. Ver'o May 12, 2016 at 10:56 am #

    Actually, people like me cannot afford to travel overseas. I dont have the latest phone, nor a new car, I live in a studio apartment, still got expenses to pay that I cannot sacrifice, and I have no children. I have been slowly crawling up the tax bracket due the economy screw up. Yes I have a college degree, and professional job experience. I save up a few dollars here and there when I am able. Long ago I did go over seas when my dad was in the military. That was in the UK. I would love to go Latin America to learn more about my heritage. Something most of the world doesnt know is that A lot of U.S,.Americans are poor. Anyways, I disgress

  26. Arnauld May 17, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

    I am a student at university where I am studying business administration and I really like to travel ! I started it when I was 15 years , just in Rwanda , then I went in Uganda, Tanzania and DRC . wherever I went , I got some experience . I really like United states , Canada and Australia and if I get some friends from there , that could be more better because they can describe how their country are .I study in United states , just online and according to my dreams , I really need the hearted people to share together the experiences ! cheers !

  27. Bruno max June 2, 2016 at 4:50 am #

    My dream since i was young till today was to travel out of Nigeria to places like America,China,Germany and France,i strongly believe that my future lies there but i couldn’t do those things then not only because i was young, i also come from a poor family…Am now 19 still hustling to fulfill those dreams,i must say you really inspired me with your write up and i will put some of them in work .Won’t forget this your write up

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  29. Anon June 7, 2016 at 3:33 am #

    You’re young and without responsibilities and probably have some kind of a family to support you unlike me and my son. Some of us grew up with nothing and struggle throughout life, while others have it easy. By poor I mean, we had no electric most of the time growing up, let alone a bloody iphone. We cooked on a rayburn (We used to sneak into the coal pits at night and take a few pieces for our fire) and that was our only source of heating. My childhood sounds like the dark ages, it felt normal to me haha. My Dad has never been around and when my mum died when I was 15, she had nothing to leave. So I began my adult life in an identical situation to her, no-one to help me. You have no idea what lives some of us have and just telling people shit like this when they’re life is a nightmare just makes them feel ten times worse. I haven’t a penny to my name, I’m trying so hard to try and get to the point that I do have a bit of money so I can have good experiences instead of bad ones. I am very good with money, unfortunately I just don’t have much. Because of my responsibilities, a new washing machine, cooker and car to get my son to school is a priority unfortunately as they’re all breaking down. I probably made things bad for myself by having a child at 19 but I was a mess back then with no guidance. Would love to travel, it upsets me seeing everyone having it so easy and able to enjoy travelling and having fun. That’s one luxury, actually, one of many I won’t have for a long time. Don’t tell people it’s easy, you obviously haven’t a clue. On a cheerier note, I will not give up and one day I will travel everywhere! Watch this space haha

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  30. Dee July 13, 2016 at 3:45 am #

    How about sick people ? I mean, people with serious disease who follow a strict medical treatment. People who spend half their life at the hospital, or people who have kids with such disease. What about them ? Trust me, they can’t go anywhere for more than a week.

    And what about people who are handicaped or have a handicaped child/husband to take care of ? What about people who have to pay for expensive a** health care/medical treatment ?

    What about undocument people (refugees or not) waiting to be regularised ? (yes ,it can take years or decades).

    What about poor people living in underdeveloped countries, who don’t even have money to eat every day ? Or those who do eat every day, but have no money for other stuff ?

    I mean, it seems like you don’t realize that you only represent a minority. You are priviledged. There are people in situations that you couldn’t even think of. Even in North America and Europe. Really.
    I must admit that you’re right when you say that it’s all about priorities, but you do know that choosing between an iPhone/clothes and travelling is not a hard choice, right ?!
    Right now you live for yourself. The only person you deprive is yourself. So, when you sleep on peoples couches, or take serious risks to make YOUR dream come true it’s all on YOU, and you are the only one to bear the consequences. Fine.
    BUT if you were in any of the situations I’ve listed above, trust and believe that travelling would NOT be your #1 priority.

    Thanks a lot for your article though. It was very interesting, and being as free as you are, I will certainly take your advice to make travelling a habit.

    Take care,

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