Sure you might have a MILLION EXCUSES–but you also have only ONE LIFETIME. You decide. These excuses are just a few of the ones that get thrown around the most:
1) You tell someone who is traveling or has just returned: Oh, I’m so jealous, I wish I could do that! You CAN do that, you just haven’t considered all your options to make it happen. What options? Well, that’s why this blog exists, to help you figure out what travel options are best for YOU.
2) You beg traveling friends to send lots of photos or emails of their journey so you can “live vicariously” through their experiences. This makes me sad. But there’s NO time to be sad because you’re on a mission! It’s high time you stopped wallowing and galloped away on your own freaking fantastic adventure so you can then barrage your friends’ inboxes with 500 photos to prove it. More on that later…
3) You work a full time job with just 15 days paid vacation a year. Um, hello, what about weekends? Especially the longer 3 or 4 day weekends! And what about “sick days”? Don’t tell me you’ve never called in sick because you had a hangover or your cat was throwing up. At least frolicking about on a mini travel adventure would be a lot more fun and memorable!
4) But where the hell can I go for a weekend that would be even remotely interesting? Okay, this is a truly ridiculous excuse. If you’re able to take a flight, then I don’t wanna hear it. Skip to the next excuse below. If you are planning to travel by car, bus or train, then STILL–what are you talking about man! I know a girl who works, full time, in a big city in Texas, and each weekend, she and her boyfriend go check out some fun little tiny Texas town–and they have made some wild discoveries. Remember, it’s the journey….well, you know. When I was living in Prague, I’d sometimes show up at the nearest bus or train station, check the schedule, see what towns were just an hour away and buy a ticket to some random place I’d never heard of. Fun times and mystery guaranteed. Plus, you save money because you aren’t going very far.
5) All my friends want to go to Vegas next weekend (again!). Well, I don’t address gambling problems on this blog, but do your friends have one? If it’s partying they want, what about New Orleans, Miami or San Francisco? Or go with them, and explore the area–state and national parks, Hoover Dam, etc. And isn’t that Burning Man craziness in Nevada as well? And that runs on a gift economy, so that should save you some bucks. For all the money you spend (lose) in Vegas, you can easily book a longer stay in a gorgeous beach resort in Mexico or discover a national park! Oh the options are endless…
6) But I have no one to travel with. Yeah, I hear this one a lot. First of all, are you SURE you don’t want to venture out on your flight or train ride alone and hang out with whatever cool person comes your way? You do know that solo travelers have a MUCH easier time meeting and mingling with strangers than a couple? Believe me, my boyfriend and I both traveled solo a lot before we met, and now that we mostly travel together, it’s harder to meet other travelers. And when you don’t have to change your plans for anyone, you do what you want when you want. ALSO: have you ever heard of a couple little groups called CouchSurfing or MeetUp? More later on how to use these in your travels.
7) It’s too expensive! Are you freaking kidding me?! This has got to be the worst excuse ever. You really think a nomad like me has bags of cash? First of all, that would be too heavy to travel with. Second of all, the less money you have to spend on your travels, the more creative you gotta get. And uh, have you ever been to Sofia (that’s the capital of Bulgaria)? Even a poor little nomad like me can live like a QUEEN there. Seriously though, that’s what this blog is essentially dedicated to: finding ways and means to travel somewhere spectacular on a tight budget, or hell, no budget at all (as I’ll explain in a later post).