Hey loves!! Welcome or welcome back 🙂 So, this is my first travel blog post of the new year! So I’m excited about that. So tell me, how many people have traveling on their bucket lists or goals they want to accomplish this year? A lot of us right lol. Every year I hear so many people want to travel, but then it’s followed up by excuses as to why people decide not to or feel like they can’t. I understand things happen where plans may too many times. Ask yourself, how many times is something going to come up, giving another reason or excuse as to why traveling wasn’t possible this year, next year, or five years from now. No matter what happens, there will always be something that arises and affects us. But, we can’t let everything stop us from fulfilling our dreams and goals. I mean, what’s the point of living, if you’re not free to be alive?! So, if you’re a person that hasn’t been on a vacation in a while I encourage you to take one this year. Treat yourself! You deserve it. So, here are a few reasons people decide not to travel and my solutions so that you can do less wondering what the world is like, and more wandering by taking the much needed adventures you’ve been waiting and longing for!
Kiddssss!! If I can take my kid to Vegas for almost a week and thoroughly enjoy myself, then anyone can travel with kids lol. You took your kid to Vegas?! lol Yep, I sure did! And surprisingly enough, there were actually a lot of kids there. I understand it can be hard taking your kids places, especially if you have more than one. You have to take a stroller, car seat, diaper bag, yourself, and your own belongings. But, at least you can board first with kids and they pack your stroller up for you right before you get on the plane. I’ve been taking my son with me almost everywhere I travel to since he’s been 1 years old. And, I get that is a luxury because they’re expensive and he needs his own ticket and seat just like I do. But, I still want to experience it and I think it’s cool that they do too. My son loves traveling and cannot wait until we get the next opportunity to do so. Traveling with kids also opens up their eyes to different cultures and exposes them to more diversity. So, if you can afford to do so, I encourage you to take them with you!
Traveling can be expensive once you buy plane tickets, hotel, rental car/transportation, spending money, and food. But, one way I save on traveling is by finding deals. I like to find deals by buying plan tickets off-season or tracking the prices of airfare for a while prior to traveling. I also like to wait for deals to be advertised, use credit cards that have frequent flyer miles or points, and going on Groupon. And, to save up for it, I put money aside in a piggy bank, vacation checking account, and cut back on daily things. Instead of buying lunch I pack, instead of
buying coffees I buy k-cups use the Keurig and buy creamer from Sam’s Club or the grocery store. Traveling can be expensive, but if you really want it and it’s worth it you have to find a way to make it work! Sometimes its best to cut back on somethings to capture memories that don’t have a price. Bills will always be there, but the chance to explore the world may not.
3. Time Off
I get it, not everyone has the same amount of time off. However, what we all can do is use our time off wisely. For instance, I only use my time off in emergencies, very rarely ever calling off. I find it’s easier to ask your boss to make-up time throughout the week or if you can work from home. If that’s not always possible or the flexibility isn’t there, then travel on weekends and take long weekend trips. Depending on the weekend this can be a bit pricey, but take advantage of those free, paid holidays.
4. Not Safe
In my opinion, there are unsafe parts in every city, state, and country, no matter what. You can’t avoid everything because of the news. I think everything is so much more hyped up on the news. I’m not saying it’s not real, but sometimes the way things are portrayed on social media or the news can be a bit exaggerated. Wherever you travel, you should always be smart about it. If you’re traveling with friends stay together, if you’re traveling alone well….just read the next one 🙂
5. I Don’t Want to Travel Alone
Honestly, I used to be afraid to travel alone I still kind of am. But, when I went on my business trip a day early ahead of everyone at my job who was supposed to be going, I traveled and stayed the entire day by myself. At first I was nervous and kind of panicked, but then I realized I was alone for like the first time ever! And, let me tell you it was so relaxing lol. I’m not sure if I’d want to travel outside another country alone, only because I’m even less familiar with it than the US lol, but at least when I traveled within my own country I was completely fine. And, if you stay within the tourists areas and don’t wander off too far I don’t think there’s any harm in it. I assume no matter where you travel as long as you’re in a tourist area, have cell phone service, extra cash, and a good bit of battery juice you should be just fine.
Well loves, I hope you enjoyed this post, learned something new, or can relate. These years don’t think of all the reasons and excuses why you can’t travel. Don’t put traveling off any longer. If you keep putting things off you never know when you’ll get the chance to do it. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Experience and enjoy the world now. The perfect time is always now, because there is no perfect time. So, pack the right amount of sunscreen if you’re going somewhere warm, bundle up if it’s cold, make sure you have your passport if you’re traveling outside the country, and pack light to avoid baggage fees! lol. Have fun and safe travels!