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A few statistics that jump out:
- 1 in 6 Americans have never left their home state (16.67%)
- More than half of Americans don’t have a passport
The article got me thinking about people I personally know who don’t travel much or at all. It’s hard for me to understand why people don’t like to travel since I love it so much. But, people have their reasons.
Obviously, people who are struggling to put food on the table are not going to prioritize travel. In 2019, before the pandemic hit, the poverty rate was hovering around 10%. Even for people who are above the poverty line, finding money for travel can be challenging for sure.
When I first quit my corporate job and my family went down to one income, money was tight. Of course, playing the miles and points game helped us add travel back into our budget.
However, I know people with a lot of expendable income who still don’t travel.
Some people love to work and don’t want to take any vacation days. I can’t relate to this, but I know people who would rather work than do anything else.
For some people, travel represents fear of the unknown and anxiety of going to a new place. I certainly understand, as I struggle with anxiety myself. That’s one of the reasons I like to plan and research a lot before each trip. I also prefer to take Ubers when I travel by myself so that I know I won’t get lost.
I know a few folks who don’t like to travel because no hotel or vacation rental compares to home. They have their mattresses, TV, lazy boy chairs and entire home set up for the ultimate in comfort. Sleeping in another bed results in a night of tossing and turning.
Things don’t always go smoothly during travel. Flights can be delayed, luggage lost, etc. Some people don’t think the hassle of travel is worth it.
Waste of Money
Travel can be expensive, and some people I know don’t think the cost is worth it. Why spend $3000 on a 1-week cruise when you could get a new patio for your backyard that lasts forever? I say, the memories are priceless and also last a lifetime. But, if you’re not used to spending money on experiences, it can be a hard pill to swallow.
Kids Too Young to Remember
I really dislike this excuse. No, kids won’t remember everywhere they go when they are 2. But if that’s how we lived life, we wouldn’t read to them or take them to the park either. Parents will remember the experience and the reactions of their kids when they travel together. Plus, you can take photos and videos.
Some people just don’t have the opportunity to travel. Maybe they want to travel but don’t have a travel buddy who is willing to go along.
Travel Not Ingrained into Lifestyle
If you didn’t grow up traveling as a family, it might be hard to incorporate travel into your lifestyle when you are older. That’s the case with my husband. Of course, now I have fixed that for him.
I know that many people are not going to love traveling as much as I do. And that’s ok. But, I do think that some of the reasons why people don’t travel can be overcome.
Do you know people who don’t like to travel? What are their reasons?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.