I was recently reading a post over at Travel Writers Exchange about how travel bloggers can inspire travel. In the post, Chris Christensen notes that few people travel like travel bloggers and travel writers do.
Chris also noted some surprising statistics (when viewed from a travel blogger’s standpoint). For example:
- Many people consider a weekend trip to visit grandma to be a vacation.
- Many people just don’t travel, and some don’t even like to travel.
- The majority of people drive when they travel and only slightly over 25% fly.
- Less than 10% have taken a cruise.
- A quarter of people say they haven’t taken a family vacation in at least ten years, if they’ve ever taken one at all.
For someone who travels in part for a living, these statistics are shocking, but I have to remind myself that not everyone is as fortunate—or as interested—as I am to hit the road.
Which got me thinking … I know that some of the people who read my blog are frequent travelers. Many others have wanderlust but can’t get away for one reason or the other. With this in mind, I decided to do a very small, informal poll about why people don’t travel or why they don’t like to travel. The most common answers?
- “I have kids and it’s either hard to get away with their schedules or it’s expensive to travel with so many people in the family.” >> Solutions for traveling with kids.
- “I want to travel but my spouse doesn’t want to.” >> Solutions for traveling when your partner has no interest.
- “My job and the minimal vacation time I get make it difficult to travel.” >>Solutions for finding time to travel.
- “I don’t have the money to travel.” >>Solutions for saving money for travel.
- “I don’t like to travel alone.” >>Solutions for getting over the fear of traveling alone.
At one point in time, a full-time job held me back from my travel dreams and, though I don’t have kids, my pets often keep me confined to my home base. I’ve done some solo travel and know many others who frequently travel by themselves … and enjoy it. And while I’m lucky to have a husband who has the travel bug as bad as I do, the money issue still rears its ugly head from time to time.
But travel doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Many people travel easily with children. And there are even solutions for the spouse who would rather stay at home. So what I’ve decided to do in the coming months is provide resources and solutions for all the reasons people can’t or don’t travel. My hope is that my readers who don’t normally travel will find a way to make their travel dreams a reality, and my frequent traveler readers will throw in their two cents on how they make travel work for them.
Here’s wishing you safe travels in the new year!