Why You Should Travel Young

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

brooke cesky

At 23 years of age, I don’t profess to know everything. But having just finished my education and jumping on a plane for a year to travel the world – to all 6 continents – I can tell you with 100% certainty and accuracy that there are many things you can’t learn from an education. Things like independence, patience, understanding, appreciation, cultural immersion, feeling out of your comfort zone, budgeting…. the list is endless. There’s so much you can learn from travel that you simply won’t get elsewhere. 

Why You Should Travel Young

You will see how other cultures live [and appreciate diversity]

You will challenge your senses [and try new things]

You will gain a perspective for the small space you occupy in the world [by opening your eyes and mind to new places, people, wildlife… and much more]

You will learn independence [because at the end of the day, it’s just you against the world]

You will allow yourself to evolve [and discover your true passion]

You will learn to try new things [and learn what you really like and don’t like]

You will make new friends from around the world [and take a little piece of them with you wherever you go]

You will let go of the past [and look toward the future]

You will learn wasting time is not time wasted [but make every minute count]

You will learn to love yourself [before anyone else can love you]

Cesky Krumlov  

Travel allows us to shape our own world, see it and understand it first hand, not rely on the selective material made available to us through the media or textbooks. 

There’s a whole world out there to uncover, if you just go ahead and take the first step.

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    I agree 100%! When I was 23 I moved to France! No regrets!

    July 8, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Insightful blog! One of a kind 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration.

    April 24, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    thanks.. i can’t wait to know myself. it’s like travelling is my only resort. 😀

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    October 9, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    So true Brooke – as if we need a reason 😛

    October 9, 2014 at 5:55 am

    So trueee! I wish I was able to travel right now!

    Veera Bianca / CreateTrips
    October 8, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Loved this post Brooke! Was also lovely to meet you yesterday here in Helsinki! 🙂

    October 8, 2014 at 11:32 am

    SO true. Absolutely loving travelling around the US while I’m studying abroad, and it’s made me want to travel the rest of the world as soon as I can!
    Definitely better to do while I’m in my twenties.

    Fab post!

    x x

    Bucket List Bums
    October 8, 2014 at 9:35 am

    COMPLETELY agree, Brooke! Travel while you are young and see as much of the world as possible. That is why we are trying to check as many places off our travel map as we can. So much to see, so little time … ♥

    October 8, 2014 at 12:39 am

    I totally agree with this. Your twenties are definitely the best time to appreciate and absorb what you see and experience abroad. If you travel by yourself specially, you become self reliant and independent, even more responsible. I used to be a picky eater and when I started traveling by myself I began trying new food and I’ve discovered so many new dishes i lovee.
    That said, I don’t necessarily agree with the statement that there are many things you can’t learn with an education. Obviously you don’t get street-smart and business savvy automatically with a college degree but unless you go to a school with little or no diversity in a small town in the midwest you’ll likely be a lot more educated about different cultures and be more open-minded than if you don’t have a university degree. Mostly because uneducated individuals tend to be more close-minded even if they are well-traveled.

    October 7, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I strongly believe in travelling young but not only for the reasons you’ve listed. I believe travelling can truly shape the person you grow into, and it will open your mind to not only other cultures and ways of living, but you can become a genuinely better person through the things you have seen and experienced. Travel is a life-changer like no other.

    21 year old travel blogger

    October 7, 2014 at 8:10 am

    you went to antartica? when did you do that? still need to check that 7th continent (6th if you include asia and europe as one) of my bucklist. good job!

    October 7, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I think gaining independence, making friends & evolving are the three of the most important things that you have listed there. People are constantly growing and I think travel is one of those things that really challenges your perspective and thoughts.

    October 7, 2014 at 5:10 am

    I travel now in my twenties and sometimes my parents come along. I can really see the benefit of traveling young, because the energy, courage, and health I have as a young person now, I will not have in the future. In the future maybe I will have more money, and travel with more luxury, but for now, I feel like I am able to get raw, unmatched experiences in a new place, while growing personally.

    Dancing Orange
    October 7, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Def agree! Travelling young can be such an amazing learning experience!

    October 7, 2014 at 3:24 am

    I completely agree that traveling young is a great opportunity to learn. The year and a half that I lived in Italy during college was absolutely life changing. However, I do think many of the qualities you listed can be learned through other experiences. After all, I’ve met many people who have travelled the world and have failed to learn from what they’ve seen and many others who have never left their hometown and yet possess these qualities in spades. Not to take away from the importance of travel or the role it plays in encouraging compassion, acceptance, and open mindedness, but it’s important to keep in mind that travel is a privilege that very few people in the world have the luxury of experiencing. Just because someone isn’t well travelled it doesn’t mean they’re not open minded or confident or accepting of others.

    I love reading your blog! Thanks for sharing your experiences with your readers!

    October 7, 2014 at 3:18 am

    …and you are much more healthier, I can tell you!! 😉
    I love your blog and following it regularly;
    its for me like traveling the world!
    Henry, 72 years, from Germany

    Christy Gervers
    October 7, 2014 at 2:57 am

    It is important to travel when you are young, because when you are older, and maybe can afford more travel, you will only be as adventurous as you were when you were younger. The US media seems to be hell bent on making Americans afraid to travel to some of the best places in the world. I have travelled all my life (I am now 60) and even so, there is a small threshold of fear every time I step out into the world. Is it worth the effort? Yes it is. Is it a real fear based on experience? Not at all. It is just too much information about a world so diverse. Egypt six months after the revolution was one of my favorite trips. My husband’s favorite visit to Egypt was DURING the Six Day War. Remember, you meet wonderful people in the world, and they will want to understand you as an American as much as you are curious about them.

    October 7, 2014 at 1:57 am

    I totally agree with you! I’m beginning my second year living in France by myself! I’m 20, and I feel like I have changed so much as a person but for the better. I am much more independent and have a better outlook on life and the world. Your an inspiration, love reading all your posts <3

    Marie @ Marie Away
    October 7, 2014 at 1:46 am

    I lived, worked, and travelled abroad for a year and a half and then came home to Canada thinking that I needed to work on building work experience and a career. My advice to anyone would be to not come home for that reason. I’ve realized that it is less important than the happiness and life I was living away. Young people are pressured to gain a certain amount of work experience by certain stages in their lives. I realized that for me, it’s not a big deal if I’m a bit behind my peers in that regard, as long as I am happy and living sustainably.

    October 7, 2014 at 12:30 am

    travelling is one thing that i really want to do, not only while being young but during my whole life. I think it’s a great way to discover new places and create yourself. Reading blogs like yours is amazing, I feel like I’ve been on half of the world. Thanks for encouraging us to travel around 🙂

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    Naomi Kenya
    October 6, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I’m so excited to start traveling around the world!

    ♡ Naomi

    October 6, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I’m planning on travelling in the next year or so when I’ve saved enough money! Great post. xx

    Abby / Eärendil

    October 6, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I so much agree with you! ravelling makes you a more complete, educated, penminded and beutiful person on the inside 🙂
    Keep on! carry on!!
    Love from Greece

    Stéphanie | Expeditie Aardbol
    October 6, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I love the pictures in this post and I totally agree with the last one.

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    October 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Such a basically region to plan a trip. travel is a good for youngster. thanks for posting nice views.

    Rashgmaal Bloodman
    October 6, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I absolutely agree.. I’ve learned so much from the world that a professor could’ve never taught me. Love this post.

    October 6, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I too want to travel and see the world but I’m currently in college but I also would like to see the world when I finish school. I am envious but at the same time in awe of what you have accomplish also inspired by your courage of doing what you love 🙂

    October 6, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    love everything about this! I am just starting on my own ’round the world hiatus and agree 100% on traveling young. you’re a great inspiration!


    October 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    love everything about this! I am just starting on my own ’round the world hiatus and agree 100% on traveling young. you’re a great inspiration!


    October 6, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    So true!! I wish people could tolerate other people (and their cultures) more. Yesterday we went to the movies and there was a guy from Scotland visiting and he was wearing a kilt. A bunch of people were laughing saying he was wearing a skirt…that made me so mad!! Even if you didn’t travel but at least have a bit of knowledge (google makes it easy!) about things before making fun of someone/something…If people traveled more often they would understand other cultures and not make fun of them. It’s so beautiful the diversity there is in the world. I would find it so boring if we were all exactly the same way. Thank you for this blog. I’m addicted to it!

    Kate @ NonstopfromJFK
    October 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    The one about gaining perspective about the small space you occupy is spot on. I wish everyone had the chance to travel to learn this… it would make some people better people 🙂

    October 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Hi my name is Kara I love reading your posts. I always read them and wish it was me doing these things. I am 22 years old and have major separation anxiety from my family and from what I know. That’s holding me back. I am scared to travel alone. What are your tips for someone like me with anxiety? What are some things you did to prepare yourself for unsafe situations?

    Theresa D.
    October 6, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    These are fantastic points! Definitely the best time to explore and experience new things 🙂


    October 6, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Yup… the wanderlust in me has sparked up again!

    Deepti @ Endless Postcards
    October 6, 2014 at 11:17 am

    These are basically the reasons I’m planning to take a year off as soon as I graduate university – I’m super excited about all the experiences I’ll have!

    October 6, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Great post! And oh so true! Not everyone understands (like people that never traveled), but travel changes you in a lot of good ways..

    October 6, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I SO agree. I’m traveling around the world for a year and have been to 4 countries in the last 5 days (a new personal record). Some days seem rough–but the reality of it is the bad days are good and the good days are great, and I am so happy and blessed that this is the life I’ve chosen to pursue and build for myself.

    Thank you for all the inspiration.

    xx Taylor