What's stopping you from traveling more?

Sep 25th, 2014, 06:46 AM
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What's stopping you from traveling more?

I'm sure everyone here loves to travel. And I'm sure that at least some of you don't do it as often as you'd like to. I know that one of the biggest reasons for that usually has to do with budget. But I'm really curious to learn more about some of the big setbacks that people (namely you) face when it comes to making trips happen.

For instance, how far in advance do you generally tend to start saving before making a trip possible?
Do you ever have any issues with booking online travels?

For me, a big problem is often the thought of putting my usual responsibilities on hold for the entire trip. I'm working on a project and getting more insights on this topic would really help me A LOT, so I'd appreciate any opinions.

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Sep 25th, 2014, 07:42 AM
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What is the project? If this is intended to provide input for your website, I'm not interested.
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Sep 25th, 2014, 08:00 AM
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No blog posts or anything like that. Trying to make an app for travelers and would love to know what people find most useful. If you would like to help make it better, that would be awesome - but I'm not looking to promote that (which is why I didn't want to mention it specifically)
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Sep 25th, 2014, 08:14 AM
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So in other words donotmisslist, your post is not travelled related it is intended to get you info you can use to develop an app. Do you see the difference? You are attmepting to use this site for personal gain, not to participate in a travel forum per se.

In answer to your rather naive question, other than budget the reason why people do not travel more is simple. They put other things ahead of it. It's called prioritizing. The simple examples being some people see their job as being more important or renovating their bathroom maybe.
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Sep 25th, 2014, 08:22 AM
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I'm sorry you see it that way. I like to look at different threads, have answered some and plan to continue doing so just because I like talking about travel. But me asking for feedback on something travel related that I am interested in is bad? Isn't that what everyone is doing when asking for travel tips and other things like that? It's for personal gain, of course, I would learn something useful... but I ask you here because I believe you are qualified and willing to answer.
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Sep 25th, 2014, 09:43 AM
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I am happy to answer, perhaps in part because I don't think an app would remove my obstacle which is... (drumroll, please!)...pets. We have a great pet sitter, and trust her wholeheartedly, but because of our pets we could not in good conscience leave for more than 2, perhaps 3, weeks at a time, even if we were both to retire.
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Sep 25th, 2014, 10:36 AM
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My answer is the same as NewbE. We have a golden retriever that we have to board when we travel. While I know she is well taken care of, we miss her terribly. We just returned from an 18 day trip which is about the longest we want to be away.

We are retired so time isn't a factor. And while we aren't rich, money isn't that much of a factor either since we don't tend to frequent Deluxe hotels, restaurants, etc.

Travel is also very tiring, even with a few "down" days factored into an itinerary. For us, the jetlag coming home can be brutal.
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Sep 25th, 2014, 11:35 AM
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Thank you for both answers That really is a problem I didn't expect to hear about which is very strange, considering my sister has a beagle and that used to get in the way of her travels too (now she has someone who can take care of him and she never travels for more than a week anyway). You're right, I don't know how an app could help in this case (maybe other than having the option to see if a hotel is pet-friendly).

But on a personal note, it really helps to know what sort of issues other people are facing, because I can actually draw something from that for myself: if I want to keep traveling without having too many things holding me back, I should probably not have pets
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Sep 25th, 2014, 11:51 AM
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Just money.
DH retired this year; I work, but can set my own schedule and work as little or as much as I want.
No pets.
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Sep 25th, 2014, 12:00 PM
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Freelancer I take it?
Great choice of work for travel enthusiasts, as long as it pays enough
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Sep 25th, 2014, 01:53 PM
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My husband doesn't like to travel but I don't think an app can fix that
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Sep 25th, 2014, 04:08 PM
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Hobbert, lol! If only, right??
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Sep 25th, 2014, 10:03 PM
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1. Time off from work.
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Sep 26th, 2014, 06:50 AM
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Time off from work- don't know how an app would fix that!
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Sep 26th, 2014, 03:07 PM
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1.Pets, hate leaving my Boxers behind.
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Sep 27th, 2014, 07:39 AM
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The dog only stops us to the extent it is so expensive to kennel him. He is going to the kennels for 5weeks. No I don't feel bad about it.
Money is the main constraint for us, plus family and social commitments.
Procrastination doesn't help either.
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Sep 27th, 2014, 07:40 AM
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Like other, I'm guessing the two biggest obstacles to travel are (in this order) money and time.

As people get older they become more secure financially and, if working, they accrue more vacation time. Those who are retired have even more time available for travel, assuming they have the budget and like to travel.

Also, a person's health also determines their ability to travel

That doesn't mean younger people or those in poor health don't travel but rather their priorities are different.

My point being I doubt you can develop an app that will give people more time, a larger travel budget or good health. Those things are beyond a travel consultant's control.

Now, one other situation that might dissuade a person from traveling, at least for a short period, is experiencing a "super fabulous" trip. For example, we are a couple who have been traveling the world over for well over 40 years and especially so in the last 15 years when we've done multiple trips each year. Anyway, two years ago we did a 6 weeks driving trip through New Zealand which was by far the best trip we had ever taken and for the next year or so we simply couldn't bring ourselves to finalize plans for another trip mainly because we the ideas and places we came up with never seemed to be as good as the New Zealand trip so we kept postponing travel. But wanderlust soon crept back into our mindset and we again took to the roads.

There are plenty of existing travel apps and internet tools that make travel easy so I can't think of any "new" app that would make travel easier or allow us to travel more - all one needs is money and time.
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Sep 27th, 2014, 09:29 AM
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But this is a board of experienced travelers, for the most part. I do think someone could develop an app to address concerns less experienced travelers have, such as, there are so many websites for hotels/airfares/cars and I don't have time to scrutinize them all; or concerns that people who don't have much money have, such as, I would like to go somewhere I can afford, and since I've barely been anywhere, I don't much care where that is.
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Sep 27th, 2014, 09:54 AM
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I'm happy to answer...

I am single, self-supporting, have a full time job with limited vacation time. That's the ONLY thing that keeps me from traveling more.

If you develop an "app" to solve that little problem, please do let me know.
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Sep 27th, 2014, 10:01 AM
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For me it's the opposite, time is harder than money, as far as the order of the ONLY two things stopping me.

I have a cat I love dearly. And I have a cat sitter who loves him too.
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