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This is a guest post by Darrelle Thompson of Darrelle Thompson Writing. Thanks, Darrelle!

I can’t swim.

Do I fit all of the stereotypes of a non-swimmer? In my eyes, yes! I’m a 30-year-old African-American man with a fear of water, so when my wife mentioned a cruise for our honeymoon in 2014 I immediately thought of the Titanic or being stranded out at sea on a broken cruise ship. It took 3 months of talking about it for me to agree to take a cruise to the Bahamas, and it was an amazing experience.However, it was still expensive. We all want ways to enjoy a vacation and get the most bang for your buck, and today I’ll explain some key tips on how to enjoy a fun cruise for under $1000.

This may sound like an odd title for a travel blogger to write a post with. But it's true - travel HAS ruined my life. Everyone says how amazing it sounds, that I travel all the time. That I disappear off on journeys around the world and see incredible places and have the best adventures.No one warned me about the negatives, about the downsides of travel and jetting off to different countries all the time, and so I found them out the hard way. Here are five ways that travel has ruined my life...