To Those Who Always Back Out Of Traveling

Stop Lying To Yourself. Stop Lying To Us, Liar!

Dear People Who Always Say They’re Going Then Back Out At The Last Minute:

Stop doing that. Stop lying to yourself and your friends and leaving them disappointed with your Kanye Shrugged shoulders. When the price was given, you knew your inability to save money and your unnecessary life expenses (i.e. Shoes, Weed, Brunch, Name Brand Creme Cookies, etc.) wouldn’t allow the trip to happen for you. Were you trying to fool yourself into fulfilling that New Years Resolution you’ve been making each year? “This is the year I travel,” you said. Going two towns over and spending $250 on cocktails, shots, Olive Garden, and Red Lobster counts. Be happy with that.

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Dear People Who Don’t Go On Trips Because Your Friends Backed Out:

Stop blaming them. Nothing stopped you from going alone. Well, except fear, but you need to get over that. Yeah yeah yeah, “you shouldn’t tell people to get over things,” you say. Fuck that. Fuck fear. Get over it and go into the world and make friends who won’t disappoint you. Traveling solo is the best thing that will happen to you. Well, that’s if you don’t get robbed in Belgium on the train, or get your toe blown off in Central Park. Go! Now! Stop saying, “let’s go somewhere,” and learn to say, “I’m going, and if you want to come, come on, but with or without you, I’m going.” Build your travel circle with those solo folks you meet out there.

Sincerely,

Darnell Lamont Walker

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Darnell Lamont Walker, a self-professed traveling foodie, has been found sitting at tables eating baby goat sweetbreads, drinking tequila, and laughing loudly with strangers. The writer, filmmaker, artist, and sometimes photographer puts happiness above all.

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