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5 Most common excuses not to travel…debunked!

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One of the awesome things about being a travel blogger is people love to talk to you about travel and believe me, I love talking to them about travel too! But now and again when I reveal I’m a travel blogger, the odd person will start explaining to me, “you’re lucky you get to travel so much but I couldn’t because *insert excuse*.”

Of course I am a lucky girl, I have clothes on my back, food in my belly and a roof over my head but I don’t get to travel because I’m lucky, I get to travel because I choose to make it a priority in my life. It makes me super duper happy and it can do the same for you! Here are the 5 most common excuses not to travel debunked, so you can go right ahead and achieve those travel dreams, let’s go…

1) “I can’t afford it”

Ah, the old money excuse and number one on my list of common excuses. Now, I can’t totally debunk this excuse as travelling can be expensive, but it’s all about where you go and how you choose to travel. Flights from the UK to New Zealand, plus staying at a premium spa resort for two weeks will be expensive, so why not be flexible? Start small, try weekend breaks, short-haul flights and staycations. Ireland has one of the most beautiful natural landscapes I have ever seen and you know what? My return flights from Manchester cost less than £20. It costs me more than that to travel an hour away from home by train!*

*anyone else depressed from hearing that?

Selfie at the Causeway

Discovering the Giant’s Causeway on my weekend break to Belfast

Looking for a summer break that won’t break the bank? Try travel companies such as Thomas Cook or Thomson who specialise in package holidays with all-inclusive and half board deals within Europe. I recently booked a holiday to Crete for the end of May with Thomson, which included half-board for eight days, return flights, transfers and a hotel on the beach for only £450. If I hadn’t asked for a beach front hotel I could have had it even cheaper.

As soon as you have established a realistic budget, it’s all about the research. There are some amazing deals to be had, you just have to find the one that suits you best, so don’t let your budget be the reason you don’t travel.

2) “It’s not safe”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advising you to throw all caution to the wind and set up your sun-lounger in a war zone because you got a good deal on flights! But I do feel that a lot of the time we only associate somewhere with being shady based on unreliable tabloid headlines and hearsay from people around us.


I grew up in the UAE but because there has been some unrest in surrounding countries in the Middle East in the past, it hasn’t stopped the odd person from asking me if it’s actually safe to travel there when I say I’m going back to visit my family. People see scary headlines, build up the fear in their heads and then decide the entire place is a write off because of it. It’s really frustrating and even more so when people then use that as an excuse not to go.

At the end of the day, you are responsible for your own safety so if you don’t feel comfortable going somewhere because of its reputation then don’t go, but please do some proper research. Websites such as www.gov.uk are a great place to start as they have a list of countries with up-to-date current affairs information and whether or not they believe you to be at risk travelling there.

3) “I can’t because I work full-time”

If you truly believe you can’t travel because you are too busy with your full-time job, then you have come to the right place my friend because this entire blog debunks this excuse! I work full-time, run this blog, have a social life…and I still manage to travel at least once a month. Whether it be local, within the UK or abroad, I always find the time to seek out new adventures even if I only have the weekend (and most of the time I do).

Amsterdam copie

Some of my favourite travel memories are from weekends away where I didn’t even have to take any time off work, I left on Friday or Saturday and returned Sunday night before the work week started. I’ve stayed in a treehouse in Wales, visited Amsterdam and Northern Ireland all over a weekend in the last year, without disturbing my holiday allowance or my workload.

So if you haven’t got plans this weekend, go book that mini break, guilt and excuse free.

4) “I don’t have anyone to go with”

My friend Helen has backpacked solo around the world all her adult life and is one of my travel heroes. She has travelled with boyfriends, friends, acquaintances and fellow backpackers but largely has travelled in the long-term solo and I love her for it! She is an amazing example of how you can still follow your travel dreams, whether there is someone in the picture or not and you know what? Out of all my friends she is the one who has the most crazy, funny stories.


One of the greatest solo travel bloggers and backpackers, Nomadic Matt is an expert on the subject and has a whole section on his blog dedicated to solo travel, so go check it out before you cancel that trip because your mate bailed on you. If you have no one to go with, seek adventure anyway, you won’t regret it I promise!

5) “I can’t because I have a family”

I know what you might be thinking, “you haven’t got kids so how would you know what it’s like to travel with them?” And you would be right, I don’t have kids. But what I do know is that you can still travel, you just need to adapt your travel style. You may not travel as fast paced or fit everything you need for a week in one backpack, but there are some serious benefits to travelling with children, sharing precious moments together as you are introducing them to the world through travel.


One of my favourite travel bloggers, Monica from The Travel Hack had her first child last year and has been a warrior for new mums wanting to get back into travelling after having babies (and she has loads of posts to help you do just that). Equally, family travel vloggers, Wolters World have travelled with their two children all over the globe since they were born and have a range of videos on tips and tricks for travelling with children you should go check out if you have any doubts of travelling with kids.

Do you make excuses not to travel? Have you ever used any of these excuses? Let me know in the comments below :)

Mel x

About the author

Hi, I’m Mel! The adventure-seeking vegan travel blogger behind Footsteps on the Globe. On this blog you'll find my latest adventures, travel inspiration as well as tips and tricks on how to be vegan around the world. You don’t have to give up being vegan to follow your travel dreams and I’m here to show you how!