Here are a few ways to say no when you don’t want to travel for some reason, if you’re someone who finds it difficult to say “No!”.
Do you feel confused, have not found a compelling reason to say “no” when invited to attend the trips you do not like / can not afford / are not ready to go? Here are some ways to refuse when you don’t want to travel and still keep the peace between the two sides, please refer to it.
1. Give a “seems big” reason
Instead of telling the other party vague reasons such as: I don’t have money to travel, I need to save money… let’s give a specific, convincing and seemingly “bigger” purpose. For example:
- I can’t travel yet because I need to save money to learn foreign languages, design…
- My refrigerator is having problems. I am “squeezing” to prepare / buy a new one;
- I’d love to join but I need to get back to my family this holiday…
2. See you another time
If you really want to join but the timing isn’t right, ask the other person for another opportunity in the future, and be sincere that you look forward to being a part of their next trip. This way of saying no when they don’t want to travel will make them feel less hurt, as well as believe that you really want to participate but are “just helpless”.
Note: Don’t promise a specific occasion if you’re not sure you’ll be able to join later, or don’t really like the other person.
3. Refused, but offered to lend a hand
The way to say no when you don’t want to travel above may seem strange, so you need to be polite and gentle. If you’re not willing to go on a trip for a reason, refuse them but don’t forget to include an offer of help, such as:
- Too bad I can’t attend… but can I help you prepare some necessary supplies?
- Maybe I should refuse. Ah, but have you found a motel yet? I know some places that are pretty decent!
Hopefully, the ways to say no when you don’t want to travel just now will help you avoid awkwardness and maintain the relationships around you, even after many times having to say “no” to them.