Stop Making Excuses If You Want To Travel

I’m tired of hearing excuses.

This lifestyle didn’t just fall on my lap. I didn’t wake up one day to find myself with thousands of dollars in my bank and the freedom to travel anywhere whenever I wanted. It was the complete opposite. I had negative balances and a job that kept me indoors, exhausted, and lazy. I hated it.

The only way anything was going to change was to be as dedicated as possible towards my goal. Having priorities is key to motivation and getting things done.

I could never give up X”: Having a passion for a hobby may seem difficult to give up. It’s understandable but you don’t really have to give it all up. My hobby was expensive. I was a DJ and had some serious equipment. I purchased music and craved new equipment. Initially it was heartbreaking to give up but my priority was elsewhere. I still have a passion for it though and to get my fix, I do things that are easier on my wallet while not having to completely give it up. I collect music, DJ as often as I can abroad, and active in the community.

It does take some sacrifices if you want to travel. It’s up to you to take responsibly in what is important to you. Is going to concerts every weekend more important than travel? That’s up to you to decide.

I’ll travel when I finish school”: School is important. I don’t recommend quitting. I do hear this statement quite often though and in many cases, I doubt they’ll travel immediately after school. Americans are often stuck with thousands of dollars in loans that will need to be paid shortly after graduating. This then puts Americans directly to work to start paying it off. Years pass and the calendar of beaches around the world sits in their office.

Loans are difficult to avoid for Americans. I’m still paying mine and yet I’m traveling around the world. While I worked, I paid as much as I could and when I budgeted my trip, I made sure to budget the school loan payments as well. This again goes back to having priorities and motivation to make traveling long-term possible. Do everything in your power to have the least amount of money owed by the time you graduate. Apply for grants, scholarships, and anything else available. If you really want to travel after school, prepare for your trip while you’re still in school because otherwise, you’ll need to work for awhile after school to save up. There’s nothing wrong with that, just don’t kid yourself that you’ll be able to travel immediately after school when you’ll have no money to do it.

I want to travel, but I have a house and kids”: Everyones situation is different. A house and kids definitely requires a bit more dedication than what I had to do but it’s still possible to travel for an extended period of time.

In the book On the Other Guy’s Dime by G. Michael Schneider, he was able to travel for many years while still maintaining a house and kids in their early teens. As a professor, he had the summers off. Instead of picking up part-time work in the US or lounging around, he took a job teaching abroad. He still earned money and had a new experience in a different culture with the kids. The kids continued to learn even throughout the summer. He was able to keep the house by renting it out 3 months at a time or more.

Search on Google “family long-term travel” and you’ll find that this isn’t even a unique idea and so many people do it and come from different situations.

Here are more excuses I often here.

  • I’m scared of traveling solo.
  • It’s dangerous abroad and I’ll get killed.
  • What about all the drugs? What if I’m drugged and forced into a brothel?
  • My work only gives me two weeks.
  • I’m in my 30’s and too old to stay in hostels.
  • It’s too expensive to travel.
  • My parents/boyfriend/girlfriend won’t let me.
  • How will anyone understand me with the language barrier?
  • There’s weird foods there. What if I eat a dog by accident?
  • I don’t eat fish so I would never go to China. (What?)
  • Is there even a tourism structor in places like South Korea, Japan, or Australia?
  • South Korea is close to North Korea. It must be dangerous there. (Yeap, I really heard this one.)
  • I’ve been to Mexico before. Cancun is beautiful. Everywhere else is dangerous.

I found that there’s two different types of excuses. One is coming from people who legitimately wants to travel but needs that extra push in research and motivation to make it happen. This falls more with the excuses of “I’m scared of traveling solo.” With research and experience, there’s little to be scared of when it comes to traveling solo. Then there are those who are making excuses because they don’t actually care for travel and have other priorities. I’d rather someone tell me “I don’t want to travel because” than “I would travel but” because to me it sounds like there’s something stopping you from doing what you’d prefer.

What excuses have you heard?

74 Comments

  1. bigskymo on October 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Excellent post.  I learned a long time ago that if you follow your dreams things will fall into place.  Great blog!

  2. bigskymo on October 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Excellent post.  I learned a long time ago that if you follow your dreams things will fall into place.  Great blog!

  3. Bobbi Lee Hitchon on October 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Great post! It’s so true. There is always a way to see the world. 

  4. Bobbi Lee Hitchon on October 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Great post! It’s so true. There is always a way to see the world. 

  5. FearlessExplorer on October 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Love this! It drives me crazy when people come up with excuses, this lifestyle is for the go-getters. I have student loans to pay off but reading posts like this always inspire me. I traveled abroad to study and ever since then all I can think about is traveling and seeing the world and I cannot wait to do so! Great post 🙂

  6. FearlessExplorer on October 4, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Love this! It drives me crazy when people come up with excuses, this lifestyle is for the go-getters. I have student loans to pay off but reading posts like this always inspire me. I traveled abroad to study and ever since then all I can think about is traveling and seeing the world and I cannot wait to do so! Great post 🙂

  7. Jarmo @ Arctic Nomad on October 5, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Woah just saw that sign about “Don’t escape when you have a problem” yesterday in temple in Chiang Mai 🙂 Anyways, yes people always have “good” excuses for not traveling now, it’s always later that they promise to travel. “I have to think of my career”, “I need more money”, “I’ll just wait for another promotion”.  Those are excuses ummm “my friend” used.

    But that’s the thing. It is a question of priorities. If traveling is your priority, then you will do it. If you have excuses, well, then it obviously isn’t your first priority. 

  8. Jarmo @ Arctic Nomad on October 5, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Woah just saw that sign about “Don’t escape when you have a problem” yesterday in temple in Chiang Mai 🙂 Anyways, yes people always have “good” excuses for not traveling now, it’s always later that they promise to travel. “I have to think of my career”, “I need more money”, “I’ll just wait for another promotion”.  Those are excuses ummm “my friend” used.

    But that’s the thing. It is a question of priorities. If traveling is your priority, then you will do it. If you have excuses, well, then it obviously isn’t your first priority. 

  9. Satu on October 5, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Oh yes, the old “how can you afford to travel” from people who spend more money on a night out back home than I spend in a week or two in India… it’s all relative.

  10. Gerard ~ GQtrippin on October 5, 2011 at 1:56 am

    When I tell people about my RTW trip. They say, “Wow, that’s so cool. I really want to do that someday. Only if I didn’t have limited vacation and money.” Yet, they say this after they just bought a new $30K car and go out every week spending $ at clubs and bottle service… Hmm.. priorities people!

  11. Gerard ~ GQtrippin on October 5, 2011 at 2:56 am

    When I tell people about my RTW trip. They say, “Wow, that’s so cool. I really want to do that someday. Only if I didn’t have limited vacation and money.” Yet, they say this after they just bought a new $30K car and go out every week spending $ at clubs and bottle service… Hmm.. priorities people!

  12. Guest on October 5, 2011 at 2:25 am

    I have to admit I’m using the school excuse in part. I’m enrolled in a professional writing program that’s ending to make way for a general communications study (something I’m not interested in). If I drop out of school to travel then I’m essentially forfeiting my education and throwing thousands of dollars out the door. It took me eight years to figure out what I wanted to take in school, so now that I’m in school I don’t want to just quit. As much as I want to travel long-term right now I can’t. But I’m okay with that. I know that there are other chances for me to travel while I’m in school, and during holidays. It actually makes me appreciate travel more, and it makes me look for chances to travel when I can.

    I had one friend tell me she’d never go to Mexico because she saw something bad about it on the news. It’s always important to be safe, but the media can definitely sensationalize things.

    • Michael on October 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      I don’t think that’s really an excuse though. You have other priorities and striving to the end goal of long-term travel. You know what you want and you’re doing what you like so I think that’s the most important bit.

  13. Guest on October 5, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I have to admit I’m using the school excuse in part. I’m enrolled in a professional writing program that’s ending to make way for a general communications study (something I’m not interested in). If I drop out of school to travel then I’m essentially forfeiting my education and throwing thousands of dollars out the door. It took me eight years to figure out what I wanted to take in school, so now that I’m in school I don’t want to just quit. As much as I want to travel long-term right now I can’t. But I’m okay with that. I know that there are other chances for me to travel while I’m in school, and during holidays. It actually makes me appreciate travel more, and it makes me look for chances to travel when I can.

    I had one friend tell me she’d never go to Mexico because she saw something bad about it on the news. It’s always important to be safe, but the media can definitely sensationalize things.

    • Michael on October 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      I don’t think that’s really an excuse though. You have other priorities and striving to the end goal of long-term travel. You know what you want and you’re doing what you like so I think that’s the most important bit.

  14. Satu on October 5, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Oh yes, the old “how can you afford to travel” from people who spend more money on a night out back home than I spend in a week or two in India… it’s all relative.

  15. Maggie High on October 5, 2011 at 5:33 am

    I think this part all the time: “I’d rather someone tell me ‘I don’t want to travel because’ than ‘I would travel but’.” It’s so annoying. They look at me and talk to me like they are deprived and tied down and what am I supposed to do? Feel sorry for them?

    I believe we are all in control of our own destinies and it’s up to you to really make things happen for yourself. Stop waiting and go!! Or, just tell me you’re not that into traveling. That’s okay, too! It’s your life we’re talking about, not mine. I already AM traveling! 

  16. Maggie High on October 5, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I think this part all the time: “I’d rather someone tell me ‘I don’t want to travel because’ than ‘I would travel but’.” It’s so annoying. They look at me and talk to me like they are deprived and tied down and what am I supposed to do? Feel sorry for them?

    I believe we are all in control of our own destinies and it’s up to you to really make things happen for yourself. Stop waiting and go!! Or, just tell me you’re not that into traveling. That’s okay, too! It’s your life we’re talking about, not mine. I already AM traveling! 

  17. Stephen on October 5, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Good post. Travel has always been the priority for me, and the easy choice.  I need you to write the article “Stop making excuses if you want to get a fancy job with benefits”.

  18. Stephen on October 5, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Good post. Travel has always been the priority for me, and the easy choice.  I need you to write the article “Stop making excuses if you want to get a fancy job with benefits”.

  19. Andi Perullo on October 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Fabulous post!  Traveling is possible for ANYONE!!!

  20. Andi Perullo on October 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Fabulous post!  Traveling is possible for ANYONE!!!

  21. LifePart2 on October 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Great post. I think you have motivated me to write something about the excuses I have heard. Being a bit older I hear different ones. “I don’t want to leave my [grown] kids.” “I am still paying on my house.” “I have to be here for my family; just in case.” I could go on.

    • Michael on October 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      Ohh that’s interesting. Makes sense there would be different excuses depending on the age.

  22. Jonathan Look, Jr. on October 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Great post. I think you have motivated me to write something about the excuses I have heard. Being a bit older I hear different ones. “I don’t want to leave my [grown] kids.” “I am still paying on my house.” “I have to be here for my family; just in case.” I could go on.

    • Michael on October 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      Ohh that’s interesting. Makes sense there would be different excuses depending on the age.

  23. Chris Walker-Bush on October 6, 2011 at 3:31 am

    I heard that ‘South Korea is close to North Korea’ one a whole hell of a lot when I first took a teaching gig there and tried to convince friends and family to visit and/or take up teaching gigs there. You’d be surprised how ignorant towards the whole political situation in the Koreas people are.

    My ‘excuse’ lately has been that I just don’t have the money. I’m working on cutting back on my needless expenses but sometimes I wish I could just go tomorrow and deal with the consequences later. I’m an impatient SOB :-p

    • Michael on October 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      I don’t think it’s so much of an excuse if you’re striving to complete your goal.

  24. Chris Walker-Bush on October 6, 2011 at 4:31 am

    I heard that ‘South Korea is close to North Korea’ one a whole hell of a lot when I first took a teaching gig there and tried to convince friends and family to visit and/or take up teaching gigs there. You’d be surprised how ignorant towards the whole political situation in the Koreas people are.

    My ‘excuse’ lately has been that I just don’t have the money. I’m working on cutting back on my needless expenses but sometimes I wish I could just go tomorrow and deal with the consequences later. I’m an impatient SOB :-p

    • Michael on October 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      I don’t think it’s so much of an excuse if you’re striving to complete your goal.

  25. Flipnomad on October 6, 2011 at 3:39 am

    great article man… the idea of  “stop making excuses” also applies to pursuing whatever they’re passionate about… thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one…

  26. Flipnomad on October 6, 2011 at 4:39 am

    great article man… the idea of  “stop making excuses” also applies to pursuing whatever they’re passionate about… thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one…

  27. Lifeandstylemadrid on October 7, 2011 at 2:50 am

    i left my 9-5 job in nyc 4 yrs ago to teach english in spain and travel. everyone said i was crazy. ive never looked back! great article.

  28. Lifeandstylemadrid on October 7, 2011 at 3:50 am

    i left my 9-5 job in nyc 4 yrs ago to teach english in spain and travel. everyone said i was crazy. ive never looked back! great article.

  29. Lois on October 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    At the end of the day, you just have to stop making excuses and go traveling. It’s the best learning experience you can give yourself.

  30. Lois on October 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    At the end of the day, you just have to stop making excuses and go traveling. It’s the best learning experience you can give yourself.

  31. Ed on October 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Stop making excuses! great article! those other excuses surely ring a bell! I could pass this off thru my work email. thanks!

  32. Ed on October 9, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Stop making excuses! great article! those other excuses surely ring a bell! I could pass this off thru my work email. thanks!

  33. Nomadic Samuel on October 10, 2011 at 1:24 am

    I just wrote an article on excuses as well!  I find that what separates those who achieve what they want in life (from those who don’t) often typically falls back to excuses.  Those who follow their dreams would never let any obstacle get in their way and those who find a way to travel on a limited budget know this better than anybody.

    • Michael on October 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Definitely agree.

  34. Nomadic Samuel on October 10, 2011 at 2:24 am

    I just wrote an article on excuses as well!  I find that what separates those who achieve what they want in life (from those who don’t) often typically falls back to excuses.  Those who follow their dreams would never let any obstacle get in their way and those who find a way to travel on a limited budget know this better than anybody.

    • Michael on October 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      Definitely agree.

  35. bromo on October 11, 2011 at 2:17 am

    So informative! many thanks..

  36. bromo on October 11, 2011 at 3:17 am

    So informative! many thanks..

  37. CrystalsTravels on October 17, 2011 at 9:14 am

    My husband and I have always taken jobs that allow us to travel or to experience a new place. It is not as fun as throwing caution to the wind but it is logical. We get to live like a local because for a while we are a local. Right now we are grounded to this place by my oldest daughters medical problem. She has JIS and wears a back brace 18 hours a day. We need to stay near this specialist for 3 more years. It has put a cramp in our style but we still leave for a couple weeks a year and weekends. We have also explored this area well! It is hard to stay put but he is the best in his field and worth staying for.

    I hear a lot of excuses from parents. The main one I hear is money but I also get “Kids need to be in a stable home!” My oldest is almost 11. According to these people she has never had a “stable” home because we move too much. I do not know everything but I do know that traveling has not hurt her in anyway. She is 4 years ahead in reading and an amazing artist. She is an easy going, friendly, curious child. If anything I think travel has helped her immensely!

  38. CrystalsTravels on October 17, 2011 at 10:14 am

    My husband and I have always taken jobs that allow us to travel or to experience a new place. It is not as fun as throwing caution to the wind but it is logical. We get to live like a local because for a while we are a local. Right now we are grounded to this place by my oldest daughters medical problem. She has JIS and wears a back brace 18 hours a day. We need to stay near this specialist for 3 more years. It has put a cramp in our style but we still leave for a couple weeks a year and weekends. We have also explored this area well! It is hard to stay put but he is the best in his field and worth staying for.

    I hear a lot of excuses from parents. The main one I hear is money but I also get “Kids need to be in a stable home!” My oldest is almost 11. According to these people she has never had a “stable” home because we move too much. I do not know everything but I do know that traveling has not hurt her in anyway. She is 4 years ahead in reading and an amazing artist. She is an easy going, friendly, curious child. If anything I think travel has helped her immensely!

  39. Journeyousglory on October 24, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    About traveling solo, I’m a nineteen yr old with a small frame. Can you give me some insight around the obvious dangers of traveling solo to me?

    • Michael on October 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      I think the most important thing is really to use common sense. It all depends where you’re going and what you are planning to do. Do you have Twitter? Talk to me on Twitter and I’d be glad to provide more tips.

  40. Journeyousglory on October 24, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    About traveling solo, I’m a nineteen yr old with a small frame. Can you give me some insight around the obvious dangers of traveling solo to me?

    • Michael on October 25, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      I think the most important thing is really to use common sense. It all depends where you’re going and what you are planning to do. Do you have Twitter? Talk to me on Twitter and I’d be glad to provide more tips.

  41. Richele on November 5, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I have done some traveling, and when I was abroad several months ago in South America, I wanted my parents to visit. They said they “wished they could, but it’s just too expensive.” Well, it IS very expensive, to be sure, but they spend money on so many other things (theater, etc.). I have told them many times that if you want to travel you have to make it happen. Travel is not something that can just appear in your life. You have to commit to it. If it isn’t your priority that’s fine, and there are situations where a person simply cannot leave the country (having a child with serious health needs comes to mind as an example), but I think a lot of people just don’t understand that traveling is an investment (a wonderful investment!) and that you might have to give up some other things to make it possible.

  42. Richele on November 5, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I have done some traveling, and when I was abroad several months ago in South America, I wanted my parents to visit. They said they “wished they could, but it’s just too expensive.” Well, it IS very expensive, to be sure, but they spend money on so many other things (theater, etc.). I have told them many times that if you want to travel you have to make it happen. Travel is not something that can just appear in your life. You have to commit to it. If it isn’t your priority that’s fine, and there are situations where a person simply cannot leave the country (having a child with serious health needs comes to mind as an example), but I think a lot of people just don’t understand that traveling is an investment (a wonderful investment!) and that you might have to give up some other things to make it possible.

  43. Chiara Tarenzi on November 8, 2011 at 6:40 am

    But how do you not consider your loved ones? I mean, I admire what you are doing, Travelling is great, the culture, adventures, experience,just life. But I could never bring myself to actually leaving everything behind. You need to have a big reason to do that. I want to travel, and have a job and have a family. Is this making any sense? 🙂

    • Michael on November 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      It depends on your situation. I have no kids so traveling is a bit easier for me but I do know quite a few families that travel together with their kids.

      I travel with my girlfriend so there’s no issue with that as well.

      My brother, sister, mother, and father are all doing well. Personally, I don’t think people should stay in their home country in fear that something will go wrong. That’s extremely restrictive to yourself from growing as a person.

  44. Chiara Tarenzi on November 8, 2011 at 7:40 am

    But how do you not consider your loved ones? I mean, I admire what you are doing, Travelling is great, the culture, adventures, experience,just life. But I could never bring myself to actually leaving everything behind. You need to have a big reason to do that. I want to travel, and have a job and have a family. Is this making any sense? 🙂

    • Michael on November 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      It depends on your situation. I have no kids so traveling is a bit easier for me but I do know quite a few families that travel together with their kids.

      I travel with my girlfriend so there’s no issue with that as well.

      My brother, sister, mother, and father are all doing well. Personally, I don’t think people should stay in their home country in fear that something will go wrong. That’s extremely restrictive to yourself from growing as a person.

  45. Carly Xanadu on December 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I love this article! The list of excuses is hilarious…it really helped me examine my own list of excuses and not take them as seriously.
    This spring my apartment lease is up, my freelance jobs are tapering off, and for the first time I have enough money in the bank to keep paying my loans for a while…my boyfriend and I are planning to travel together, but take weeks at a time to travel solo. I feel good about this because it may be the best of both worlds, holding on to commitments/passions while getting space for solo adventures.

    • Michael on December 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      Congratulations! That’s really exciting. Great idea on still having solo adventures. Steph and I sometimes like to do different activities and we’ll split up for a little bit to do something different.

  46. Carly Xanadu on December 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I love this article! The list of excuses is hilarious…it really helped me examine my own list of excuses and not take them as seriously.
    This spring my apartment lease is up, my freelance jobs are tapering off, and for the first time I have enough money in the bank to keep paying my loans for a while…my boyfriend and I are planning to travel together, but take weeks at a time to travel solo. I feel good about this because it may be the best of both worlds, holding on to commitments/passions while getting space for solo adventures.

    • Michael on December 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      Congratulations! That’s really exciting. Great idea on still having solo adventures. Steph and I sometimes like to do different activities and we’ll split up for a little bit to do something different.

  47. Oliver_curtis on April 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I need some 1-2-1 advice on travelling. I don’t like my life in the UK, I can’t hold down a job and I have no money. If I left to backpack Europe, or the world, I would only have around £1000 and I’m pretty sure that wont go very far. I would want to work abroad in return for accommodation. I’ve heard this is possible, but do I risk leaving England to hope for work in Europe? My life here sucks, I’m a very sociable person but I’m just bored of being in one place for too long. I think I’d be brill travelling around meeting new people, but I just don’t have the confidence to do it. And I’m also scared i’d run out of money and be stuck somewhere alone, with nowhere to sleep and be worse off than I am now. Any help would be gratefully appreciated, please.

  48. Oliver_curtis on April 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I need some 1-2-1 advice on travelling. I don’t like my life in the UK, I can’t hold down a job and I have no money. If I left to backpack Europe, or the world, I would only have around £1000 and I’m pretty sure that wont go very far. I would want to work abroad in return for accommodation. I’ve heard this is possible, but do I risk leaving England to hope for work in Europe? My life here sucks, I’m a very sociable person but I’m just bored of being in one place for too long. I think I’d be brill travelling around meeting new people, but I just don’t have the confidence to do it. And I’m also scared i’d run out of money and be stuck somewhere alone, with nowhere to sleep and be worse off than I am now. Any help would be gratefully appreciated, please.

  49. Peter on February 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I completely and mostly agree. Can’t agree any further then what you say about not making excuses. In many cases, I do not think its the money or time issue that is really the issue. In many circumstances, its more or less of how they make it a priority.

    I get that a lot with some of my college friends when I ask about summer travel. So far I get excuses similar to those up top and like you, I do get tired about hearing the,.

    • Michael on February 12, 2013 at 8:55 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

  50. Peter on February 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I completely and mostly agree. Can’t agree any further then what you say about not making excuses. In many cases, I do not think its the money or time issue that is really the issue. In many circumstances, its more or less of how they make it a priority.

    I get that a lot with some of my college friends when I ask about summer travel. So far I get excuses similar to those up top and like you, I do get tired about hearing the,.

    • Michael on February 12, 2013 at 8:55 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

  51. jenny on February 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    “One is coming from people who legitimately wants to travel but needs that extra push in research and motivation to make it happen.”

    Yea this is me right now, but research is in full swing. It’s just a matter of actually jumping that cliff instead of thinking about it.

    p.s. Love the comical edge to this. “I don’t eat fish so I would never go to China. (What?)” That made me giggle.

  52. jenny on February 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    “One is coming from people who legitimately wants to travel but needs that extra push in research and motivation to make it happen.”

    Yea this is me right now, but research is in full swing. It’s just a matter of actually jumping that cliff instead of thinking about it.

    p.s. Love the comical edge to this. “I don’t eat fish so I would never go to China. (What?)” That made me giggle.

  53. Morgan Rhodes on October 29, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I must admit, I’ve had my fair share of excuses…including, I can’t do it alone or what the heck will I do upon return? But alas, the barriers have been broken and I finally decided to go for it. My partner and I are set to depart in less than 6 months and we couldn’t be more excited. The thought of leaving is certainly frightening, but the thought of never leaving at all is far more troublesome. Great read, Michael!

    • Michael on October 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      That’s great! Have a wonderful journey and thanks for commenting!

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