Five Reasons to Stop Dreaming and Travel Now

People are really good at coming up with excuses NOT to do things and sadly travel is a frequent victim. I don’t have enough money, I don’t have enough time, I’m too old, I’m too young, I’m under indictment – these are all ways people rationalize not living for the now and getting out there and seeing the best the world has to offer. Life is short and the experiences are many, here are five reasons not why you should travel now, but why you have to.

1. So You Can Do Things Like This


Kingmik Dogsled


Zip lining in Puerto Rico



New Zealand helicopter


2. So You Can Eat Things Like This


Hummus in the Middle East


Tacos in Mexico


Churros con chocolate in Spain


Meat, Mayo and Fries Sandwich in Belgium


3. So You Can See Things Like This


Cliffs of Masada, Israel

Santorini, Greece

Galapagos sunset

Treasury at Petra


4. So You Can Meet People Like This



Lanai, Hawaii


Bedouin soldiers, Jordan





5. So You Don’t End Up Like This



Sad dog

 Too depressed to move

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By: Matt Long

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65 Responses

  1. Rebecca

    Fantastic pictures. I need to get up off my butt!

  2. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    Loooooooooove this post!!!!

  3. Kerri

    Excellent post and fantastic pictures! Far more inspiring and motivating than words could ever be :-)

  4. Kristin

    It’s amazing how people can simultaneously forget to live and then procrastinate like they’ll live forever. Very nice visual reminder of all the life there is to experience!

    • Rachel

      I think I need to cut that phrase out and glue it to my laptop screen. And my forehead.

      Great photos Matt, and a good reminder to just get out there and do it already.

      • gabybali

        Couldn’t agree more!..

  5. Pamela

    Pictures speak a thousand words. Love it.

  6. Wftristan

    Brilliant Stuff – really inspiring photographs – Its just what I need this morning to get me going.

    Will Share this


  7. Liz

    These are great pictures, and even better reasons to travel! Those food pictures made my mouth water, and I’ve just eaten lunch. Plus, that puppy is probably the cutest thing I’ve seen all day. Hopefully this will give some people the motivation they need to start planning their next trip.

  8. Mr.Loto

    I’ve always been fascinated by the city of Petra, fantastic !

    I found you stumbling :-)

  9. Stekman

    I thought the bills for the travels would be the last picture…

    • Matt Long

      Ha! Well I’ve written in the past about budgeting and how to have exciting vacations without breaking the bank.

    • BevTexas

      Me, too. I’ll file this under “Beautiful fantasies”. Great photos and an amazing philosophy, but unrealistic for most of us.

  10. D.J. - The World of Deej

    Great post…although the dog had the opposite of its intended effect…it made me smile:)

    • Matt Long

      Yeah, he makes me smile too :) He’s a good boy and I think was really curious why I was harassing him

  11. Maria Alexandra @latinAbroad

    LOVED THIS!!! :D I wish I could post a bigger grin on this comment *kicks computer*

  12. Denise

    Great post! Love the photos!

  13. Alouise

    Great pictures, and great reasons to travel too.

  14. Lisa @chickybus

    Great post! I like how you categorized the list and used the photos to underscore the points. Cool!!

  15. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    Short, sweet AND right on the money!

  16. Turtle

    Wow! If those photos don’t get people travelling, nothing will!

  17. Armands

    I totally agree with you. People should travel and experience cultural differences between countries. If you really don’t have money, go and visit far end of your own country – you will find so many things that you haven’t known before that you will be surprised.

  18. Tiffany

    Excellent presentation of the reasons why we should travel NOW. Some people actually think that it is impractical. What they don’t understand is that traveling is not just about going places. It’s all about the experience and the exploration, not of the world, but of life itself.

  19. Andrea

    LOVE this post, and love the churro’s with chocolate sauce. Had them in Granada-YUM! I couldn’t agree more. No more excuses. Ever again! No money? isn’t that what a line of credit is for? her

  20. Andrea

    “her” should read “hee”
    Autocorrect didn’t like my hee!

  21. Joseph

    Great photos and I really enjoyed the last one, makes me want to travel some more

  22. Elle of Solo Female Nomad

    You have captured the essence of traveling; the food that you eat, the people that you meet and the sights that you see. If there I had to choose one of those reasons for traveling, I would say that its the people that I meet. They often make my trip, and provide the best memories!

  23. Vagabondette Mandy

    Great way to present the point!

  24. Erica Erickson Forehand

    Wow, what an awesome post! :)

  25. Utia

    You got the points Matt, totally agree! :)

  26. MileCollector

    Just found this via @HolidayInn ‘s tweet. Awesome photos!! Where did you do the dog sledding?

    • Matt Long

      Thanks and welcome! That photo was taken sledding near Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.

  27. Rhoda Gachui

    What a great jolt towards the start of 2013. I travel a lot for work and have had a lot of adventures that way. But I always wished to travel without having to think of work and I seriously will get into it this coming year. Thank you for this. I love your blog. You have such insightful posts. Keep inspiring. :)

  28. bethany

    Great post Matt!! very inspiring :)

  29. Michael

    Fantastic images! you have push me up and make me eager to go out for vacation. Now i am headache on choosing destination for my first stop of the tour.

  30. Sab

    Waaaaaah…. Amazing photo collection. Now I’m hungry!!!!

  31. Sarah Vandenberg

    Oh wow, love this! Opening Kayak and checking out destinations now…

  32. Ryan @Treksplorer

    I’ve heard almost every excuse in the book as to why people have not travelled. What really gets me is when people say “you’re lucky to have been to so many places”. I don’t think luck has much to do with it. Whether you go or not really depends on whether you make it a priority in your life and whether you want to take that step out of your comfort zone.

    Many uninitiated folks think that travel automatically entails staying in 4 or 5 star hotels at hundreds of dollars a night; it’s no wonder so many people get the wrong impression that travel has to break the bank. I’ve stayed in some places for weeks for the same price as a few nights elsewhere, all with some solid planning and not expecting all the comforts of home. If you really want to get out and travel (and not just make empty promises to yourself about it), you’ll find a way to make it happen!

    • GeeBee in Sydney

      Absolutely agree with you, Ryan. I travel on the proverbial shoestring as I’m retired, but travel is very important to me especially while I’m still energetic and enthusiastic. I’m always planning my next trip …. And since I discovered the joys of home exchange, there’s no stopping me! Can’t decide whether it’ll be New York or Paris next ….

  33. Worldwidewindow

    This is the BEST way to push someone out of their slumber! I could stare at these pictures forever ! Subscribing to your blog now!

  34. Will Castillo

    Great article. I feel the exact same way, in fact, I wrote a post about the same subject not too long ago. I wish people that don’t travel knew what they are missing before it’s too late.

  35. Lipgloss and a Backpack

    I’m taking two years off travel to do an MA, but I think that it will open MORE doors for me to travel in the future. I hope!

  36. Lily

    So true! Great post, that last photo made me laugh out loud!

  37. Ryan Brown

    Ha, totally dig this mate. Awesome reasons, and awesome visuals.

  38. Charles Rahm (@DWJustTravel)

    This is a great post with super photographs. It’s time for everyone to get out of their comfort zone and travel!

  39. Constance

    What a great post!! Very inspiring!! Great photography!!!

    • Matt Long

      I appreciate that Constance, glad you were inspired!

  40. Kyi

    Awesome post! Picture is worth a thousand words.

  41. Alin Capitanu

    Amazing pictures, especially the Masada cliffs shot in Israel, definitely going to be on my destinations list.

  42. Bonnie b

    Don’t wait until you are older to travel.. Live life fully when you are young; travel even if you have to give up other things… Life flies by so quickly and we never know what is ahead for us. Last year despite a healthy lifestyle I was diagnosed with cancer ( I will b ok), my cousin died at 42 and my dad at 62. Live each year like there might not be another one!

    • Matt Long

      That’s very true, at the same time though just because you’re NOT in your 20s doesn’t mean you can’t get out there and have amazing experiences. I know that I do.

  43. Daniëlla Gyselinck

    Uau, amazing reasons/pictures to really make us get up and travel. Great post!

  44. Namy

    So cool. The pics are great

  45. Tim

    I like the simplicity of this post, was thinking of doing something similar for the end of this year. Happy holidays!

  46. Arthur H

    Love your blog. Traveling is in my blood as well! I’m 62 and really just getting started. I’m about to embark on a round-the-world trip with my 14 year old son. We are both itching to get started! Keep traveling..keep writing.

  47. Steve

    nice post! it cuts straight to the point :)

  48. Shachar

    AMAZING! now I just wanna leave everything and just travel..

  49. Olielo

    Love the first one with the snow, really nice!

  50. Ruthi



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