If I had a sundae for every time someone moaned, “I wish I could travel like you. But how do I travel?” I would bloat up enough to be denied a seat in any form of transport. Except the back of a truck used to transport buffaloes.
Back to these moaners and groaners who are not really seeking a solution from me. Every positive suggestion falls on deaf ears; they only want to hear their own rant. They are hypochondriacs for whom the sweetest state is one of unhappiness. Exceptions exist for this rule too. Thankfully.
Let us start with the commonest excuses for not being able to travel:
- Cannot afford it
- Too much work
- What do I do about children?
- Spouse / partner does not like travel
- Cannot sit in the car for so long – makes me sick
- Cannot take long breaks
- Weekends are full of chores – when I am not working
- Cannot leave old parents alone
- Too tiring – all the packing, bookings etc.
- I don’t want to travel just like that – I want to be a travel writer / photographer.
Even when I know the conversation will end up over the cliff, I am an incorrigible respondent. These are my ideas when I sell the dream of travel.
- There is always an option that can suit your pocket. What does it cost to hop on to a bus or a train and pitch tent somewhere?
- Who says travel means leaving town? Have you explored your own city? No place in the world can be a blank – there is always something historical, natural, social, cultural, modern or adventurous that you can explore. Remember work expands to fill the time available. The Internet is full of good advice on how to be a more efficient worker.
- Carry children with you. The world does. Nothing will happen to yours. Or leave them with grandparents who always complain of not getting enough time with them – let them enjoy the overdose.
- Leave the spouse / partner behind. Or find common ground. Don’t be a slave. Don’t worry – your sex life won’t come to an end.
- You don’t have to travel by road every time if it makes you sick. Or break journey. At worst you will throw up a few times. So?
- Why wait for long breaks – head out on weekends.
- Is every weekend full of chores or work? How about one a month or every two months? Club it with a Friday or Monday. You can always travel overnight to give yourself maximum daytime to explore.
- Take old parents with you. Will be healthier for them. If you can’t, kick your sibling’s conscience out of its irresponsible slumber. Or hire a nurse to keep an eye.
- The out-of-city-air will rejuvenate any sores caused by the act of packing toothpaste and a change of underwear in a duffel bag.
- Everyone cannot be a professional traveller. Even the existing ones like us scramble for crumbs. Save us some competition, let another day job pay for your travel.
Are you travelling anywhere soon? What is your excuse?