7 Reasons Why Traveling is a Waste of Time

September 9, 2013

Tummy trouble in Thailand

I had a bit of tummy trouble in Thailand

Is traveling a waste of time?  You decide….

  1. It’s obsolete.  In the “olden” days, you had to travel to see amazing sights.  Now, you can just turn on the TV and see the pyramids of Giza, the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, and the remote sandy beaches of the Seychelles.  Nowadays you don’t have to worry about getting sand wedgies or windburn.
  2. It’s expensive.  The money you spend on flights, hotels, visiting new cultures, scoffing down delectable – and occasionally detestable – food, gawking at sights others only see on National Geographic, trying hair-raising activities
Curacao food Rif Fort

Aaarrrgggghhh! This fish still has his head!3.

3.  It’s dangerous.  You just never know when a tsunami or earthquake might hit.  Or a blizzard.  Or get hit by a mad taxi driver.  What?  These could happen where you live?  Well, then…. you’d better just stay in the house to be on the safe side!

4.  It’s uncomfortable.  Those long flights, jet lag, airport delays, Montezuma’s revenge, flea bites, sore feet, sun burn, cold weather, poor bathrooms.  Is it worth the hassle just to venture off the beaten path and experience something totally new and exhilarating?

5.  It’s indecipherable.  Good grief, what if someone speaks to you in their native tongue, instead of your English? What should you do… pantomime? Run away?  Scold them.

6.  It’s addictive.  You might want to travel some more.  You might even start planning your next trip while on the current trip.  You might plan several trips out.  You might try to get your friends and family hooked, shame on you.  People will start to say you’re obsessed.

It’s redundant.  No matter where you go or how exciting a time you had, you have to go back home, right?  Why bother going at all?

‘Nuf said.  What are you waiting for?  Get your wanderlust on!  It will refresh and give you a whole new outlook to bring back home.  No cure necessary.  Or desired.


  1. Comment by Bob

    Bob Reply April 9, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Omg travelling is so great, I love it! You learn so much and the experiences stay with you forever

  2. Comment by Wendy Bumgardner

    Wendy Bumgardner Reply March 29, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Well, I do use tsunami as an excuse to stay away from the Oregon coast… But I love travel and all it takes is some great food to get me there.

  3. Comment by Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru

    Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru Reply March 27, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Funny! But I’ll bet there are people who actually use these excuses, too! 🙂

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply March 27, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Hard to believe, isn’t it, Betsy?

  4. Comment by Suzanne Fluhr

    Suzanne Fluhr Reply March 27, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    As you may have noticed if you follow me on social media or read my blog (which I know you do occasionally), I quickly became addicted to Zentangle, but travel was my first addiction—-inherited from my father and passed on to our son. 😉 Please, no one schedule an intervention. I probably won’t be home anyway.

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply March 27, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      I promise, no intervention from me, Suzanne!

  5. Comment by Shelley

    Shelley Reply March 26, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Oh no, it’s too late! I’m already a victim of #4! LOL

  6. Comment by Carole Terwilliger Meyers

    Carole Terwilliger Meyers Reply March 25, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    It’s so much fun. However will you readjust to everyday life when you return home?

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply March 25, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Lol, travel is my everyday life (for the most part)!

  7. Comment by A Cook Not Mad (Nat)

    A Cook Not Mad (Nat) Reply March 25, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Try as you will, you can’t convince me it’s a waste of time 🙂

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply March 25, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Okay, you win. 🙂

  8. Comment by Anita @ No Particular Place To Go

    Anita @ No Particular Place To Go Reply March 25, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Loved your tongue-and-cheek approach to this travel list. One thing we’ve found out is that travel is definitely affordable even to exotic places like the Galapagos Islands. As long term travelers our monthly expenses are comparable to what we spent back in the States when we had a fixed abode . And you’re totally correct about # 4 – Travel is an addiction we don’t plan to kick any time soon!

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply March 25, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Thanks, Anita! I agree with you that with careful research and planning, it’s possible to visit any destination you desire.

  9. Comment by Leigh

    Leigh Reply March 24, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I couldn’t imagine my life without travel!

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply March 24, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Same here, Leigh!

  10. Comment by Yasha Langford

    Yasha Langford Reply March 24, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks – great giggle from this post. I couldn’t agree more and everyone who believes you can stay at home, otherwise there would be far too many people out there doing it…

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply March 24, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Glad you liked it, Yasha!

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