What Keeps You From Traveling?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

In a poll on my Facebook page, I recently posed the question:

If you had to name one thing that’s preventing you from traveling, what would it be?

There could be a million reasons why you’re not traveling. Maybe it’s because you don’t think you have enough money, or you don’t have anyone to travel with, or you’re just plain scared.

What's keeping you from traveling?

If you really want to travel, trust me – you will find a way.

That’s why over the course of the next few weeks, I’m going to address all of your concerns, one by one. The idea is to give you that little extra push you need to buy that ticket, pack that bag, and discover the unknown.

I invite all of you to add your response to my poll on Facebook, in the comments section at the bottom of this post, or just shoot me an email.

(Also, if there’s anything else you’d like to see on Jasmine Wanders, I’d love to hear from you.)

  • Andrew Scott

    $$$ Money,money,money $$$. Very tiresome. I’ve traveled extensively and would love to continue but now I’m stuck in the city of my birth (Sydney,Australia). Beautiful and multicultural but also one of the most expensive cities in the world to live. With only an average income it is difficult to escape the mundane cycle of day-to-day life. I love your posts Jasmine and still love your smile.

  • llisabeth

    I have a dog! She’s small, but I imagine it would still be difficult to travel internationally with her.

  • I’m running into that same problem since I got my dog here (though she’s way to hyper to take on a plane still).

  • Don’t worry Andrew, I’m going to cover the money issue soon :)

  • WORK! I still manage to get away at the weekend but once I finish this contract I can get back to South America! Love your blog by the way, have been lurking for a while.

  • Thank you!

  • Earl Abury

    Now that the kids are grown up and on their own journeys–they’ve heard Dad’s stories about how he did it in the ’70s–my wife and I are ready to start the traveling stuff again. This May–in about two weeks time–we’re off to Bogotá/Medellín for about two weeks and then a week or so in Venezuela! But to get to your question… nurturing kids can kinda hamper one’s travel lust significantly!

  • Earl Abury

    Update: Medellin is really awesome! We thoroughly enjoyed the place. We found people in general to be super friendly and often while eating, strangers would engage in conversation. Gringos stand out, especially tall ones and while we were very aware of some dodgey situations and places… we felt safe and can’t wait to return!

  • Thanks for the update – glad you enjoyed it!