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10 Ridiculous Reasons Not to Travel

by Vago Damitio

There are plenty of reasonable reasons not to travel, but in my years of writing about travel and working in hospitality, I’ve also come across some people who have reasons that I’ve found to be absolutely hilarious. Here are 10 of them.

My Feet Hurt

While I was managing a hotel in Istanbul, it was not uncommon for people to have to cancel their reservations for one reason or another. We never asked them why, but they frequently told us. The best excuse I remember was a woman who wrote that she wouldn’t be coming to Istanbul because her feet hurt—so she’d cancelled her flight.

I’m Afraid My House Will Get Stolen

While living on the island of Kauai, I met a woman who was in her 90s who had never been more than five miles from where she was born. I asked her if she wanted to see the world and her answer was, “I’d love to but I’m afraid someone would steal my house.”

I Don’t Like to See New Things

It might sound hilarious to us, but the truth is there are people out there who don’t want to leave their comfort zone. Travel means new things, new ways of thinking and new experiences. I’ve met these people.

I’m Afraid My Ex Will Find Out

I was chatting with a high school chum on Facebook. Life had been a little rough on him and he was paying wife and child support. When I suggested he travel, he said he’d love to but he was afraid his ex would find out.

I Don’t Want to Waste Money

Personally, I can’t think of a better way to waste money than on travel, but there are plenty of people out there who think of travel as the same thing as throwing money out the window.

I Am Scared of Foreigners

This is a bit sad, but a lot of people in our terror-conscious world are scared of foreigners. Never mind that most of our ancestors were foreigners at some point or other. When I was washing dishes in Oregon, a group of French tourists came into the restaurant. One of the cooks asked me if he should call the police. I assured him the group of old people were probably not dangerous, although they did leave quite a mess without leaving a tip.

I Don’t Want to Miss the Next Episode of…

There are people so addicted to television that they put their lives on hold in order to catch the next episode of American Idol, Desperate Housewives or other shows. Imagine if they learned about Arab Idol or China’s Got Talent.

I’d Rather Work

Really? What are you working for? My suggestion is that you make your life your work.

My Town or City Has Everything

I’ve met people who love their town/city/province/country so much that they decide to not go anywhere else. How can you be so sure your place has it all if you haven’t seen anywhere else? I don’t want to spoil it for you, but so far, I haven’t found anywhere with EVERYTHING. Not even.

I Have a Fear of Being Eaten by Sharks

This isn’t a joke. My friend’s wife is so terrified of sharks that she won’t get in a pool or board an airplane. Somehow she got it in her head that a plane could crash in the ocean even if it is travelling solely over land. Land sharks aren’t what you need to worry about if the plane crashes.

What’s your most hilarious reason not to travel?