Have you been dreaming of that holiday for months; picturing yourself in far off destinations where everything feels gloriously foreign? If the answer is yes, than it’s time for you to take action! It’s far too easy in this day and age to come up with excuses for why not… now it’s time to focus on the why. And, here’s 5 reasons why you, as a twenty-something, should take that trip you’ve been dreaming of.
1. Life is about moments, not things
These days I’m a firm and passionate believer that life is all about the experiences, not possessions. Travel is the perfect way to experience those moments you’ve been longing for. Seeing something new for the first time or waking up in a brand new land is an unparalleled experience that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and alive. Many youngens put their holiday of a lifetime off due to every day expenses. My advice: if it’s your true dream to travel, just buy the basics, avoid unnecessary purchases and put that extra money into a travel savings account! Perhaps you might even have to re-consider that house deposit all in the name of travel…
2. You’re only getting older
It’s true and if you’re a mid-twenty-something like I am, life’s huge commitments are probably less than 1o years away. It’s hard to balance a career and family with a passion to travel, so my advice is to do it now. Life is only going to get more complicated and committed as you get older, so don’t wait for the perfect time, make now the perfect time.
3. Enjoy a natural high
So many are out there looking for something to fulfill them. If you think that might be travel, you should probably book your next flight today! After travelling the world for a year back in 2011, I felt like my whole life view had been rearranged and nothing ever looked so colourful and enticing: it was utterly amazing and life-changing. Travel taught me that it’s all about the healthy escapism!
4. See things you never have before
Seeing something different for the first time can be an eye-opening experience. Whether it’s the crazy, cluttered and chaotic streets of South East Asia or snow lining the ground in Europe in winter, you will feel a sense of utter wonder when you see something you have never encountered before. Find out what’s on your travel bucket list and start ticking those off!
5. Learn about new cultures and embrace difference
Mark Twain once said that “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” and I couldn’t agree more. When you travel, you will come across people you never dreamed of meeting before. People with different religions, world-views and completely different lifestyles to you. Travel will give you perspective to understand your role in the world and to appreciate the diversity of life. This may all seem very deep and meaningful but it’s true and an important lesson to learn while you’re young!
So, what are you waiting for? Start saving, book your one-way ticket, start reading travel books and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.