Seeing the World: Four Reasons to Travel While Young
“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place; we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”-Pascal Mercier
Travel is vital to the soul and is an excellent avenue for self-discovery. It is one of the ways you can truly discover what it is like to be unencumbered by anything, bask in freedom, get out of your comfort zone and find out what our capabilities really are. Indeed, travel is a many-faceted aspect in life wherein we are compelled to push past our boundaries for an exhilarating and liberating experience. However, some individuals put off the idea of travel for later thinking that the experience will be much more rewarding when they are a lot older and would have more money to finance their ventures.
Unfortunately, putting off travel until you are much older might mean that you would no longer have the time or the energy to do it. Although there is a myriad of reasons not to travel while young (managing a busy schedule, establishing a career, lack of travel funds), young adults should realize that being young is the best possible time for them to travel. As a matter of fact, traveling while young and able can be incredibly beneficial and quite rewarding to them in various ways.
In any case, here are some of the most convincing reasons for you to travel while young:
1.) Pushes you past your boundaries
If you have lived in one area all your life, chances are you have never seen what is truly out there. You are woefully ignorant about how the rest of the world lives while you are stuck in a sheltered life in your own country. Travelling encourages you to push past your boundaries and compels you to do things you might never have tried before. In a way, it gives you a sense of individuality and freedom.
2.) Gives you reasons to be grateful
When we have not traveled and seen the rest of the world, we tend to become short-sighted of the very real problems the world is experiencing. We become too self-absorbed with our own materialism and consumerism-filled lives that we become blind to how lucky we truly are in comparison to those who have less. When we travel, we become more appreciative and grateful for our blessings. Just pass by the streets and slum areas of Makati or Mumbai, and you would realize just how privileged you are.
3.) It teaches you how to budget
Traveling when you are older and more established might give you a bit more legroom budget-wise, but traveling young teaches you the valuable lesson of budgeting. When you travel while you are young, you are constrained to making budget cuts. As you make your way through different countries and cities you would effectively be budget conscious. Furthermore, as you practice frugality in your travels, you would no sooner learn how to haggle in flea markets.
4.) Because you are still in your prime
Unfortunately, there is a significant downside to traveling while you are old: you might not even be fit to travel. Not all folks can enjoy the thrill and excitement of traveling as a young adult—particularly outdoor activities that require energy and adrenaline. Furthermore, it is highly unlikely that you would be able to trek, dive and do all sorts of adrenaline-filled activities when you are much older.
If you are still on the hedge as to whether now is the best time to travel or not, take a look around, and you would realize you have been to these familiar places. With this realization, you should know that it is definitely high-time for a chance of scenery. Book that ticket now and discover for yourself what the rest of the world is like.