Reasons NOT to travel the world

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:

Loneliness.
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.

Money (I)
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.

Money (II)
You’ll never be able to save enough. You have got to buy those magazines every week costing Β£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.

It’s scary
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.

But before you read the last sentence in this reasons not to travel post, just have a quick look at these:
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Hong Kong from the Peak

Island No7

Manta Ray!!

Sunset on Koh TaoChaweng Beach, Koh Samui

The damn monkeys...

Sunrise on Mount Batur

White Sand Beach

Sunrise at Dune 45

Elephants in the dark - Etosha National Park

The animals of Chobe

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Microlighting over Vic Falls

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Now try and tell me that all the above excuses are nothing but bullsh*t.

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42 comments

  1. Awesome! That is all πŸ™‚

    Okay actually it’s not – Is one of those beaches Padang Bai? Cuz I miss that beach big time! Haha…

    Brilliantly written post Toni!

  2. You had me confused all the way to the end! I kept asking why is a traveler giving us reasons not to travel? LOVE the last sentence πŸ™‚
    Great Post.

  3. Jen

    So very true to all of it but what makes it worth while are in the photos you’ve posted. I’m in Spain now and yesterday I came down sick, all I wanted was to be home in my bed with my comforts not in a hostel with strangers, but today when I woke feeling better than walked to the beach everything was ok again πŸ™‚

  4. Ali

    Perfect! Excuses to not travel can so easily get in the way & stop you from experiencing a wonderful world. Love this!

  5. Haha, with each reason I kept saying to myself “yeah, but, who cares?! It’s not a good enough reason not to travel!”. You had me going right up to the last line πŸ™‚

  6. Val

    Love this. Yes, there are days (like today) when I’m kind of lonely and have no one to hang out with, yes I am constantly worried about running out of money, yes there are days when travel is really f-ing hard and I always feel like I have no idea what I am doing. But it really is all worth it in the end and the amazingness far outweighs it all!

  7. I love, love, LOVE those two sunset photos! SO beautiful! πŸ™‚

  8. TouchΓ©

    Like they say – a photo is worth a thousand words πŸ™‚

  9. So great post! And the pictures are just awesome, especially with the lion. I am sure that who was struggling if travel or not, after reading this, is now packing the stuff! πŸ™‚

  10. Great catch headline! I’ve loved traveling, and your pictures make me want to get more animal time–the stingray, big cats, WOWIE!

  11. This is brilliant. Probably the best post I’ve ever read. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  12. Nice job playing Devil’s advocate πŸ™‚

    The biggest reason I have for people not to travel is certain people have no desire to emerge from a state of ignorance- the problem is, that type of person never seems to realize who they are.

  13. Matthew Clarke

    I live in Cornwall – no need to go anywhere else!

  14. Loved this post! And really enjoyed your photography, you capture the essence of a place beautifully!
    Cheers!

  15. Great post! Sounds like everything my family nags me about before I go anywhere. Lol

  16. Yeah, hear these things from family and friends all the time. Falling ill when you are traveling alone is not very nice, but hey, it will make you more independent and stronger as a result I think.

  17. Scarlett – thank you lovely!!

  18. Carl – Well spotted! It’s an amazing beach isn’t it?! So pristine and hidden away; a paradise white sand beach with Lombok in the background? What’s not to love right?! πŸ™‚
    Glad you liked the post!

  19. Annette – Glad I kept you on your toes πŸ˜‰

  20. Jen – I’m so sorry that you’re sick; it’s always hard when you’re on the road πŸ™ I always think that anything can be solved by the beach πŸ™‚ I hope you’re feeling better lovely xx

  21. Ali – thanks! We all have excuses and many of them are valid until you ask yourself just how much you want to travel!

  22. Charlie – Glad I almost caught you out πŸ˜‰ It’s fun to have a little word play every now and then haha

  23. Val – I couldn’t have said it better myself….the amazingness really does outweigh all the crappy times we have on the road as much as we hate going through them at the time!

  24. Lauren – thanks lovely; they’re some of my favourites πŸ™‚

  25. Chris – Amen! πŸ™‚

  26. Kristina – thanks! I hope it inspires people πŸ™‚

  27. Vanessa – seeing all the animals I have over the years has definitely been the best part of travelling πŸ™‚

  28. Sam – and you words are probably some of the nicest I’ve ever read; THANK YOU lovely πŸ™‚

  29. Erik – could not have said it better myself!!! Even with a mirror in front of them they wouldn’t see it :/

  30. Matthew – I live in Devon so snap! πŸ˜€

  31. Heather and Alex – thank you so much; really appreciated πŸ™‚

  32. Teri – haha good to know that others go through it as well πŸ˜‰

  33. Tammy – I am the world’s worst patient when I’m sick so when I’m sick and travelling? I have the biggest pity party haha. It does make it all worth it though when you hit the beach for some relaxation in tropical waters or see an elephant up close though πŸ™‚

  34. Emma – thanks lovely! Glad you liked it πŸ™‚ x

  35. Awesome! Definitely agree with what’s written. I think money is the biggest factor in a lot of people’s decisions. Definitely was a big deal for me. In the end, everything works out.

  36. Natalia – Money is naturally going to be the biggest worry factor for many people but I think that there can be ways around it. It took me 2.5 years to save for Australia though I could have come sooner with a lot less money so it’s up to the individual but I often think that having a goal to work towards is often the best way to help save! πŸ™‚

  37. Good points. But fear of loneliness isn’t always a reason to stay at home. Some people love it. Me included.

  38. Christian – I was being sarcastic in this article; everyone should travel πŸ˜‰

  39. Even if someone took this reverse psychology post of yours seriously, those pictures would still make them just drop everything and go πŸ˜€