Why You Should Travel in Your 20s
Recently, I have come across a few articles on why it is so great to travel while you are young. Being a young traveler myself I've come to note a few things of my own.
Realise how small you are. There will come a time when your bubble bursts, when you realise the universe does not revolve around you. The sooner you come to terms with this the better I say. Be humbled by the fact that you are small and that the world is filled with so much more beauty and wonder than you are possibly capable of seeing in a lifetime.
Eat like you are in your 20s - because you are. As you grow older you will most likely have to watch your diet a bit more. You wont be able to eat and drink without thinking of the consequences such as your cholesterol intake or how many grams of sugar on that plate. Go out and taste what the world has to offer. Enjoy it without second thoughts.
Find out you are capable. You will come across challenges while traveling and you will overcome them. You will find out that you are capable and you will become a more confident person because of it.
The future is not guaranteed. Many people will work their entire lives hoping to buy the time to do what they want in the future. Many figure they can travel when retired, after having children, a house, and a solid career. But old age is never guaranteed.
Appreciate what you have. Traveling will teach you how much you take for granted. You will witness people living in complete poverty and unfathomable conditions. You will meet people who didn't grow up with the same standard of living as yourself.
World experience is just as, if not more, valuable as work experience. Just like you can't learn everything from a book, you can't learn everything from behind a desk either. While some will argue you should spend your 20s putting in long hours and climbing up the corporate ladder, I believe that traveling and gaining world experience can be more valuable. You'll learn from people of different cultures and backgrounds, you'll encounter new perspectives, and you'll gain knowledge that can benefit you for the rest of your lifetime.
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