4 reasons you aren’t traveling as much as you should be…

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Are you stuck in a travel rut? Here’s how to fix it! Here are the most common excuses reasons I hear from those who don’t travel:
1) I don’t have time
 Here in the United States we are obsessed with our jobs. We work, work, work, work, work (Rihanna even sang a song about it 😉 ).  Did you know a majority (read 55%) of American’s don’t even use most of their vacation days from their employers?! Technology, although helpful in so many ways, has created a culture of 24/7 accessibility making it possible to work constantly.  There’s nothing wrong with hard work. I actually love working in a fast paced environment but, within the last two years, I have personally found how fulfilling it is to have a work/life balance.  Everyone needs a break to avoid burnout and to enjoy life! Carve out time to explore. Even if it’s just a day trip. Make the time!
2) I don’t have the money
Great news! There are sooo many ways to travel inexpensively. Whether it’s taking a road trip, staying in an Airbnb instead of a hotel, or buying groceries while on vacation instead of eating out. So many cities offer free walking tours or free access to museums. Or take a day trip to a nearby park and spend the day hiking. I’ve challenged myself to see more things “in my backyard” so to speak. Texas is a HUGE state. I have lived here most of my life and I’ve only seen about 1/4 of it. There is just as much exploring to be done in the city you live.
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3) I don’t want to go alone 
As a female, I understand this objection, BUT there are so many tour operators now that provide pre-planned trips where you can join a small size group (like Contiki).  What a great way to meet new friends while traveling! Or if you aren’t the group type, I personally felt inspired by The Blonde Abroad’s blog and her post about  The Best Cities to Travel Alone. The best part, you make your own schedule 🙂 
4)  I don’t know where to start
I’ve actually had several family members and friends tell me they would love to travel but don’t even know where to begin.  Start by figuring out how many days off you can take, what your budget is, and the time of year you want to travel. From there, narrow down the type of vacation you want. Do you want to relax on the beach? Hike trails? Visit National Parks? Explore a big city? Once you narrow that down, then you can begin searching for your destination. I will let you in on a little secret! I plan 90% of my trips from blogs I find through Pinterest (especially if it’s a shorter trip). YES, pinterest. I used posts like this to plan our trip to Santorini.  Trip Advisor is a great option when planning vacations but I love scouring blogs to find “off the beaten path” activities. If it’s my first time in a city, of course I want to do the touristy thing, but I always try to look for something with a local vibe as well.
Obviously, there are seasons in life where travel does not come easy. If you are in that season, focus on your local community.  Are there festivals or art shows you can attend? A concert? New restaurant openings? Never stop exploring!

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