14 Jun 5 Reasons to Start Traveling in Your 20s
"Ain't Nobody Got Time Fo' That!"
5 Reasons to Travel in Your 20s
Contributed by: Renee Walter
Growing up, I would always hear people say that their main goal in life was to make a lot of money so when they got old, and retired they could use that money to travel the world. This was a plan that I myself once considered gold, and for some people it still might be, but honestly, in this day and age, who the heck is waiting till they’re sixty-three to Snapchat themselves ‘holding up’ the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Nobody. Our generation is about the now. We go to IG to share what we are having for dinner while we are having dinner, not two months later. If everything we do is ruled by impulse and spontaneity, why not allow our decision to travel be the same. Granted you’re a part of that lucky population of people with a job that allows you the opportunity to travel the globe, you can totally afford to live out your travel dreams during old age! But for us wanderlost people, now is the perfect time to earn some frequent flier points. I see it like this, if the wisdom we’ll have in our fabulous eighties is gained through the lessons we learn and the things we do today, then why wait? The human brain isn’t considered fully matured until we’re in our late twenties, so go out there and saturate that 20-something-year-old brain with as much life-altering traveling as possible! Still not convinced? Here are 5 reasons why right now is the perfect time for you to go abroad:
It Changes Your World Perspective
It’s hard to have an open mind when you’re young, if the farthest you’ve ever been from home is the local Chipotle. Despite how convenient platforms like Youtube and Instagram have made it for us to take virtual trips around the world, nothing beats traveling to a new place first hand. Frequent heart-to-hearts with locals give us insight into many of the political, social, and environmental issues affecting the communities we’re visiting. As with any big change of environment, there will be times when you’ll feel as if you are on the outside looking in, but my advice: take heed of these moments; they build character. The openness to experience another culture shows acceptance and encourages personal growth. It is through these encounters that we challenge the mind, strengthen the body, and replenish the soul.
It Can Influence Your Job Performance (in a good way!)
This point is perfect for those of us who want to be educators, CEOs, or mentors because when it comes to teaching, no task has one right way of being done and the more you know the better. Being able to draw on information and knowledge you’ve gained from traveling allows you to think outside-of-the-box and incorporate unconventional techniques into your lessons or business strategies. (i.e. Professors and mentors can make classes like history and math more enjoyable for students by incorporate new techniques or interesting facts into the lesson. I always enjoyed the times my social studies teacher would go off on a tangent and talk about an interesting experience he had in another country.)
This can be linked along with the previous point. Employers will LOVE knowing that you have experience traveling and working abroad. Not only will you be able to bring more to the table idea-wise, but lots of companies seeking international partners would jump at the chance to hire someone who can serve as a bridge between them and potential partners.
You don’t have to be a Graphic Designs or Fine Arts major to be creative. Creativity is found in your ability to make something new from the things we already have. Most businesses rely on eye-catching advertisements to market their brand and gain notoriety, so you can count on a change in scenery to get your creative juices flowing. We’re ten times more observant. We notice every new sight, smell, and sound. The shapes of the houses, the colors of the plants, the style of people's clothing. Traveling to museums, malls, art galleries, even local parks have been known to spark multi-billion dollar ideas for future entrepreneurs and artists.
Let’s be honest, you’re going to be jealous if you go online to find all of your friends posting about the trip they took to the UK, especially when all you’ve ever dreamed about was taking a picture on Platform 9 ¾. The opportunities we turn down now, haunt us later, and thinking you should put an age-limit on adventure only hinders you more. If you have the means to escape that small town or city you’ve spent your entire in life in, you should go for it. There is no guarantee that the experience will be completely mind-blowing, but you won’t know until you take the chance.
This is the time to be daring. This is the time to make mistakes and learn from them. This is the time to eat everything you want and not worry about your waistline (take care of that heart though). Do what makes you happy. Don’t spend your time craving freedom. Be free❣