There are many posts out there in the blog world telling you why you should go travelling but we all have excuses in our head not to take the plunge so here’s a a reverse post; reasons not to travel the world – a whole heap of excuses you can use to stop yourself taking that life-changing journey:
What’s the saying? You can be in the middle of room surrounded by people and still be the loneliest person? It’s true. Your dorm room/hostel could be completely packed or you could be on a full day tour somewhere but because you’re unsure of how to start new conversations, you don’t talk to anyone. You eat by yourself sometimes because you’re in the middle of nowhere or everyone in the hostel is out. You sit on the 18 hour bus by yourself with no books, a broken ipod and no one to keep you occupied or you just have a really crappy day on the road. It can get really lonely with only your thoughts for company.
No one to share problems with.
Those bad days I just mentioned can get really bad; you’re stranded with no money and no-one to call for help. You’ve been mugged or had your stuff stolen and you have no idea what to do or who to turn to. Even being ill with no one to comfort you or at least talk to you can be upsetting. In Thailand, despite repellent, I had over 50 mosquito bites that were so bad I almost went to hospital; with no one to keep my spirits up, it suddenly felt like the country was against me!
You don’t speak the language
You’re heading to South America but the most Spanish you know is ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’ and ‘beer please’. Let’s be honest, that’s not going to get you very far is it? Especially if you’re planning on trekking into the middle of nowhere to meet a tribe who’s name you can’t pronounce. Let’s face it, if you get into trouble or need help in a country you can’t speak the language; you’re stuffed.
No matter how many meals you skip or trees you hang your hammock in, you’re going to run out of money. You’ll constantly be working out the price in your home currency and saying ‘it’s not cheap enough’ and when you switch from somewhere like Cambodia to Koh Tao your wallet is going to take one huge hit of, you know, a couple of bucks but in your mind it will be ‘well dinner just cost me one night’s accommodation in my last country’. Your money will always run out eventually.
You’ll never be able to save enough. You have got to buy those magazines every week costing £5 and your wardrobe has to be bang on trend, no ‘last season’ stuff for you right? You’ve got rent, bills, food and the all important ‘social life’ to keep up with. There’s absolutely no way you’ll be able to drop anything and start saving because everything you buy, you don’t ‘want’, you ‘need’; I understand.
You don’t know what you’re doing
This is a biggy. You can research every blog out there on your travel destinations and speak to everyone that’s been there as well as reading all the guidebooks available but until you go there yourself you really have no idea what it’s going to be like or how you’ll feel. Just because everyone else loved a place, doesn’t mean you will; you’ll probably hate it because it’s ‘too commercial’.
It’s not a good time to leave
You’re in a full time job, you’ve got a pet, you’ve got a mobile phone on contract; it’s not a good time to just ‘up sticks and leave’. I mean, you’re an adult, you can’t just drop all responsibility to go galavanting around the world. Nothing bad is ever going to happen to you so you’ve got the rest of your life to give everything up and chase your dreams around the globe.
As I said before, despite all the research you’ve done, reading and experiencing travel are two opposite ends of the spectrum and buying a one way ticket to the other side of the world is a ridiculously scary thing to do. What if you get mugged as soon as you get there like the guidebook suggests? What if you end up hating backpacking? What happens if you get seriously ill? Travelling can be scary as hell so I understand why you don’t want to get on the plane.
Now try and tell me that all the above excuses are nothing but bullsh*t.