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8 Travel Excuses and How to Overcome Them

So, I love traveling and nowadays I don’t even blink or hesitate before buying my plane tickets. I don’t think too much of my travels before I head off and I have just good feelings towards going out for new adventures. This post, “8 Travel Excuses and How to Overcome Them”, is a post to inspire you to start traveling and stop making excuses not to follow your dreams.


I kind of don’t have a permanent home anymore. After finishing my degree in 2015, I moved all my things back to my parents and started traveling. I’m only back in my hometown for short stays at a time and then I stay with my mom or dad. Traveling is my way of heading home. To save up money I work on a cruise ship along the Norwegian coast. The standard work pattern is 22 days straight of work, and then 22 days off. I usually take shorter breaks, saving up money, then I go off for new adventures.

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Working on a cruiseship is hard work and long days, but then I also get a few moments like this, that makes it all worth it. In addition to saving up for future travels.

Still, I know it’s not like this for everyone. Sometimes, and for some people, traveling can seem challenging, and organizing for a trip can seem like a hassle. In this post, a post a bit different from what I normally post, I’m listing some excuses I think many people make to not follow their dreams.

I’ve also gathered posts from some amazing travel bloggers, to inspire you to take that trip you’ve been thinking about. Read some of the articles I’ve linked to and stop making excuses, and start looking forward to future adventures!

You’re worried about traveling alone

You’re worried you’ll find yourself alone in a new place, where you don’t speak the language and won’t find your way around? Well, let me tell you that almost no matter how shy you are, you’ll find someone to vibe with. Traveling, there are plenty of ways to connect with other people on. Remember that you’re all in the same situation, and ready to explore a new place!

Head over to Ninas blog, “Nina Out and About” to read more about the pros and cons about traveling solo!

How to meet people when you’re traveling alone

There are plenty of ways to meet people when youre traveling. Here is just a couple of tips on where to meet people when you find yourself in a new place. I usually use couchsurfing or meet people through free walking tours or just in my hostel.

Here are 5 tips to read before going on your first international solo adventure from
Arunima behind the blog “Namaste Solo Travel”.

Couchsurf – Stay with a local

You can try to stay with a local through Couchsurfing. That way you will have someone to show you around or at least tell you about all the good places. If you don’t feel comfortable staying with someone through couchsurfing, reach out to someone that seems cool, and ask if you can grab a coffee. It’s a great way to get some local tips and maybe a new friend.

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The view from our couchsurfing hosts place in Porto Alegre, Brazil. My boyfriend and I slept on the couch

Many cities also have a lot of Couchsurfing events arranged by locals. From pubcrawls to yoga classes and language exchange. Check the event page of couchsurfing to see what kind of events are arranged where you’re headed. I stayed in Berlin for about a month some years back, and made all my friends there though couchsurfing!

Couchsurfing is also an app, so it’s super easy to use even from your phone. Another app that can be usefull while traveling and to meet people, is Tinder.

Read how Diana behind Fly Away Goddess used tinder while traveling in Europe.

Stay in hostels if you travel alone

If you travel alone and want to meet like-minded people to explore the city with, stay in hostels. There are always other people traveling alone there, and you’ll surely find someone to spend time with. I always stay in dorms, and most of the time, the others in hotel dorms are also solo travelers. Even if you’re not ok with staying in hostel dorms, get a private room in a hostel. Just make sure that you stay in a place with good common areas and maybe a kitchen so that you have an area where you can easly get into a conversation.

Attend a Free Walking Tour

Walking tours are also great places to get to know people. You usually spend a couple of hours walking around the city. It’s almost impossible not to start up a couple of conversations through out the tour. The bar is super low for it too. You usually walk a couple of minutes inbetween each location. This leaves for a perfect amount of time to start up a conversation, and doesnt put a lot of preasuer on the whole thing, as you just have to keep the conversation going a couple of minutes at a time. I met one of my now closest friends, on a walking tour in Bogotá, Colombia back in 2017!

Met this girl on a free walking tour in Bogota, 1 year later we traveled together in Brasil

Walking tours are not only a great thing to attend to meet people. A lot of cities have one or several companies offering FREE walking tours. I’ve attended some really great ones, and I always try to attend these kind of tours when I’m in a new place. It’s such a great way to get an overview of what to do in a place, and a great help to schedule your following days in the city.

Check out Sydney’s post about Free Walking Tours on “A World in Reach”, and more reasons to why it’s such a great way to see a city, basically for free.

Embrace your own company when you travel

And what’s really so bad about spending some time in your own company? I think we can learn a lot about spending some time in our own company. I surely have. Eating out alone, with a good book and a glass of red wine, might be a little weird to begin with, but you’ll get used to it, and might even start to enjoy it. Like I do.

Photo from my first solo trip ever, in Algarve, Portugal. Ran around taking photos on timer, with the camera supported by the cliffs and my belongings hehe.

Read about the fears and joys of traveling alone as a woman on Federica’s blog, A stroll around the world.

You don’t know what kind of travel you like

If you haven’t done a lot of traverling before, start small. Try going on a couple of shorter trips first. Maybe just drive out of town for the weekend, plan a trip to somewhere close by or maybe even somewhere you’ve been before. Be inspired by this post about just exploring areas near your home on She Roams About.

If you’re not sure what kind of travel style you like, think about how you live your day today life. What kind of things you can’t live without and in general, how you can transmit your lifestyle over to you travel style. Challenge yourself!

Check out Yeshi’s excellent post on different travel types on her blog Hello Yeshi. Let me know which one captures your travel style! If you didn’t already guess it, I’m definitely the “backpacker”.

Utila in Honduras is definitely a vacation spot for the adventourus and active.

Also, take in to account what budget you have and what time you have available. By example; When I started my Latin America trip, I didn’t have the biggest budget, but I had no commitments at home when I started my travels in Latin America. Therefore I ended up backpacking low budget for months on end, volunteering and saving money where I could, to stay traveling. Find your style, take into account the time, budget and preferences you have. I’m sure you know deep down, what’s your kind of travel style.

The travel Bunny, Mirela, has a great introduction post about backpacking in the mountains, head over to check out if this kind of travel adventure could be something for you!

You are too busy working?

Instead of spending the weekend watching Netflix, or being social in your city. Sacrifice one weekend to a getaway. You don’t have to go on a 2 weeks trip everytime you travel. make the best out of what time you have avaliable.

Read more about how to manage to travel with a 9-5 job on Kemi’s blog “Musings and Adventures”.

Not to found of flying

Flying can be a hassle, there are lots of elements to take I to a count, from packing, luggage restrictions, delays, security and in general just the whole airport chaos. But there are ways to deal with it. My number one tip if airports stress you out is; meet up in good time.

If flying makes you nervous, bring things that make you feel comfortable, your favorite playlist, snacks, food and comfortable clothes. A glass of red wine or a movie that will calm you down and keep your mind in check.

Read “With Caitlyn“‘s 10 tips to survive long haul flights to prepare for your next long-distance travel.

The digital travel guru, Eliza’s 20 tips to surviving jet lag are also great to get rid of your jet lag quickly and start exploring when you arrive at your travel destination.

Not sure of you can affort it?

Struggling to make ends meet as it is? I promise you that there are so many small expenses in your day to day life that you don’t even know that you have. Things you don’t even think about, that in the end sums up. Drop eating out or ordering takeout and start cooking, stop buying coffee on the go but bring your cup of coffee from home. Stop buying new clothes, unless you absolutely truly need it. When you see how much money it’s possible to save by making minor changes, you will be able to save up for your next adventure!

Start planning your budget, prepared with these 12 hidden costs of traveling from “Career Gappers”, Alex and Lisa.

I choose to work and stay in Rio de Janeiro over a 5 months period. Because of that and the people we met, we got to go on a couple of free tours around the city, and visited Crist Redeemer, for free.

Travel also doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think. You can even stay for free through Couchsurfing, or through a voluntary job. I spent months working in hostels where I had food included and worked about 8 hours 4 times a week. That gave me plenty of time to explore the areas nearby, get local and traveler friends, and I spent minimally.

Not sure where to go?

Go everywhere!!! No, but seriously, the options are endless. Start by deduction.
Take into consideration, how long you have, and if you want to get on a long flight or if it’s better to go somewhere a bit closer. Consider what climate you want and what kind of attractions you’re looking for. Figure out your budget and search for and continuesly keep an eye out for cheap flights. Also, always search for flights in “incognito mode” in your browser.

Read about Barbara and Edgard‘s road trip in California to the salvation mountains on
“La Vida is Belle”. A great example of someone traveling and exploring around their home-base.

Read Diana’s guide with the 16 best things to do in Rome in just two days. A real proof that you can go away for a weekend and still see so much!

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‘You definitely dont head to Tromsø in Northern Norway if you want tropical climate.

You want to travel, but you don’t feel ready yet

“If you keep waiting for the right time, it may never happen. Sometimes you have to make the most of the time you have.” – Ever My Merlin by Priya Ardis

Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith and trust that you’re making the right moments for yourself, instead of waiting for a sign. I think travel will make you ready for whatever lies ahead of you. If you think you have to get your life in order before traveling, think of it like this instead; Travel to get your life and priorities in order!

Read about all the mental health benefits of traveling on Sippin’ Gypsy’s blog.

You think it will be to complicated to travel with your kids

Are you thinking that traveling with your kids will be too complicated? Too stressful? Traveling is, if you ask me, a form of educating yourself. We open our minds, we learn to empathize with others and get a better understanding of the world and its cultures and diversities. I don’t have kids myself, but I’ve some amazing blogger collegues that has, and has done an amazing job writing about the topic.

Think back to your first travel memories. Magical? Interesting? I’m sure they were memorable. Wouldn’t you want your kids to have the same experiences? Jayashree has written a beautiful post about how traveling helped her interpret life, read it to get inspired to share the beauty of the world with everyone you care about.

Read about why Alison behind the blog “Five Family Adventures”, thinks traveling with kids is so important. She writes “In truth, no perfect age exists to start traveling with kids, so just start now. Beginning while they’re younger helps children develop a deeper appreciation for the world around them.”.

Read about this family-friendly waterfall hike in Oahu, Hawaii. Charly, Michelle travel with their toddler Vi on “Travel Fun Fam”!

If you’re worried about your kid’s safety and it’s keeping you from discovering the world as a family, read these 10 travel safety tips for families on “Roots Wings and Travel Things”.


I hope this blogpost inspiered you to start planning your next adventure. Hopefully you also discovered some amazing blogs while reading it too. Let me know where you want to travel to next!

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Sippin Gypsy
    February 12, 2019 at 2:00 am

    This is such a great post to bring together the advice and experiences of other travelers! Thank you for including me! Cheers!

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    Elizabeth
    February 12, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    I absolutely love what you did with this post!!!! Thanks for including us- we hope to help families realize that they too CAN travel with kids!!!!

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    Nina Out and About
    February 13, 2019 at 9:15 am

    This is a wonderful post, Julie! I always tell everyone not to let excuses get them down and this post really sums that up!

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