It’s Spooky Saturday! This post is all about the lazy man’s excuse not to travel out of the state or out of the country. Of all the reasons or excuses not to travel, this one is my biggest pet peeves. And this is the excuse my brother uses! Here’s why it’s an excuse, not a reason.
1. You will never be able to see everything in this country. The United States is huge. Not just huge, it’s vast! It’s diverse, it’s interesting, but it’s too big to ever be able to see it all before you even start seeing the rest of the world. And guess what… the world is bigger than the United States.
2. Traveling to other countries does not make you un-American. You can be a patriotic American even if you travel outside of the country. I don’t mean you need to wear an American flag shirt and boast about how great America is, I just mean being in another country doesn’t mean you’re cheating on America! And that leads me to my next point:
3. Seeing another country might just make you appreciate America more. Let’s get down to it. You will never fully appreciate the luxury of flushing your toilet paper until you visit a country where you cannot. Similarly, you’ll see different types of beautiful scenery, hear languages you’ve never heard before, and perhaps even do things you’d never do at home or in the States. Maybe you’ll come home with more appreciation for the familiar and a better understanding of why travel is eye-opening.
4. Turn your world upside down. SO many people complain about the weather, no matter what time of year it is! In the United States, you’re always in the same season at the same time every year. But have you ever wished for summer in January? Head to the southern hemisphere and lay on the beach in Cairns, Australia, next to the Great Barrier Reef! Wish you could ski the snowy slopes in July? Check out Patagonia in Chile or Argentina! If you don’t like something about your situation? Another country’s climate might just be the solution to your problems!
What would you add to this list? What reasons can you think of to leave your home country for the trip of a lifetime?