Let me just start off by saying that this wasn’t easy for me to write. A travel blogger who preaches travel for all, writing about when not to travel? Is this even real life? Well, sometimes traveling just isn’t in the cards, even for me! As depressing as it sounds, here are 10 real reasons not to travel.
When you’re broke
The obvious. Don’t travel when you’re
When you can’t go in good conscience
Dealing with a family emergency or a friend who needs a little financial help? These things happen. It’s called life. If you can’t take a trip in good conscience because something serious is going on in your life, then it’s best to hold off.
When you can’t afford travel insurance
If right now you’re thinking, “umm, am I supposed to get insurance when I travel?”. Then this is for you. Yes, you should get travel insurance when you leave the country. Anything could happen while you’re away. If you can’t afford $100 for travel insurance so you can save $8k on a hospital visit, then rethink your plans.
When you’ve just made a really large purchase
Just bought a home? Maybe a car? Then it’s probably best to make sure you’re financially stable before you travel again. Large life purchases can really suck the money from you!
When you can’t afford daily expenses
Always make sure you can afford the daily living expenses in the country you’re visiting. I use Expatistan to look at the world’s most expensive cities. If you think a $400 plane ticket to Reykjavik sounds cheap, you’re right. But what you save in your flight, you’ll pay for in daily expenses. It’s the 12th most expensive city in the world. Yikes!
When you don’t have enough of a cushion
Please please please make sure you plan for emergencies. Research what you’ll plan to spend, and then make sure that you have the means to double it if necessary. Things happen unpredictably. Do not travel without a money cushion.
When you’re fighting with the person you’re going with
Make-up and say
When you just broke up with the person you’re going with
I’ve done this. It’s awful. Highly recommend to avoid. The thing about traveling in relationships is you can’t predict the future, but that $500 ticket to Paris in 8 months only comes around once a year. If you’re booking with a lover, always make sure you get the insurance.
When time isn’t on your side
Generally speaking, there’s never
When you just don’t freakin’ want to
I still don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want to travel, but it’s totally your life! And if you don’t want to, you don’t have to. Don’t let anyone (including me) pressure you into it. Good?
Are you planning to travel in 2019, or planning to keep it simple at home?