Top 3 Travel Excuses... and How to Overcome Them

July 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

Excuses are plentiful it seems when trying to book travel. Here are a few of the major ones we face and how to tackle them.

Bosphorus, Istanbul, TurkeyLuxury on the Bosphorus

 

​1. Not Enough Time

 

Who has enough TIME to go galavanting off to another country? Money...well, we will get to that next. 

 

If you are an American TIME is always draining through the hour glass and there’s never enough of it. So how do you travel when you can’t seem to find the time?

 

In my experience, we all seem to have a timeline of future events. I would say most people’s event timeline extends from 6 months to a year in the future, at which point they’ve run out of exhaustive plans. If you can’t find time to fit travel into your current timeline, then extend it a year or so and plan a trip for then. If you plan a summer vacation for August 2015, chances are you will have the time.

 

THE BEST WAY TO PLAN A TRIP IS TO GET IT ON THE CALENDAR. Trust me, in my house this is always a huge hassle! 

 

This would be my comic strip (please feel free to submit drawings):

Shelley: Can you look at your calendar for August so we can plan a trip to Belgium?

Bill: I don’t know.... I’ll look later.

(one month later)

Shelley: Can you PLEASE look at your schedule so we can plan our trip to Belgium?

Bill: I’ll look tomorrow...

(one month later)

Shelley: (nagging and nagging)

Bill: Well I have a meeting that day, then I have a project due. Oh, and I have a conference on that date. What are we going to do with the dog? Who is going to watch our house? Do we have enough miles to buy tickets? What flights are we going to take? We should fly Air Canada. I like Air Canada.

Shelley: So what dates are you free again?

 

Don’t give up! Find a way to work with everyone’s schedule and plan it, buy it, BOOK IT. 

 

Istanbul, TurkeyIstanbul in the rain

2. Not Enough Money

 

This can be a huge deterrent! Everyone has differing circumstances. The trick is to PLAN A DESTINATION THEN SAVE. Sometimes you may have to push the trip back to few years just to save up enough in time. 

 

Travel is like eating a chocolate made by world renowned chocolatier Dominique Persoone; insanely expensive, worth every penny, and magnificently exceeding all expectations. And while money is essential to life in this world, I would rather collect memories than currency (although I do have a small collection of European currency from before the Euro if you are interested). 

 

Ephesus, TurkeyAncient Greek ruins in Ephesus, Turkey

 

3. The Ticket Dilemma

 

Oh, the ticket dilemma!!!! This is the bane of my existence. I have found that most people have a complex when it comes to actually sitting down and purchasing a ticket. 

 

Yes, Trinity, I am talking to you. This dilemma is inevitably linked to the Not Enough Time problem. My best friend Trinity can plan a destination and save like nobody's business. But, when it comes to actually buying the plane tickets...... (crickets chirping).  And the bigger the trip the more crippling it gets for most people.

 

I just have one thing to say to this. YOU WILL NEVER GO ANYWHERE UNLESS YOU BUY A TICKET.

 

It’s like Elizabeth Gilbert says in her book Eat, Pray, Love “There's a wonderful old Italian joke about a poor man who goes to church every day and prays before the statue of a great saint, begging, "Dear saint-please, please, please...give me the grace to win the lottery." This lament goes on for months. Finally the exasperated statue comes to life, looks down at the begging man and says in weary disgust, "My son-please, please, please...buy a ticket."

 

Jump off the cliff, be a participant in your own life, make amazing memories and please, please, please, buy a ticket!

 

Happy Travels!!!

Shelley 


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