For some absurd reason (unbeknownst to me) there seems to be a lot of readers out there creating excuses for themselves as to why they shouldn’t travel the world in their 20’s. There are also a great deal of readers claiming they can’t due to financial restrictions or otherwise. But that’s when you’ve got to ask yourself how important travel is to you. Are you prioritising your spending in order to save for travel? Do you forego partying on the weekends so you can afford to travel? Do you limit your purchases of tangible goods in order to have the finances to pay for travel?
If not, then perhaps it’s time to start re-arranging your priorities and putting travel on the top of your list. There are endless benefits of travelling the world, but here’s why you should travel the world in your 20’s…
At this age in your life you are unlikely to have any real waning responsibility such as a family, a mortgage, or perhaps even a budding career. You might as well go ahead and say that for more of us, we don’t have any responsibility at all.
While you could argue that you can travel later in life with your family, you couldn’t seriously tell me that such a trip would encounter pub crawls, dancing on balconies at 2 a.m., meeting Frenchmen and practically every other not-so-memorable nationality from around the world.
Needless to say, this is the time in your life when you can be reckless, selfish, and most importantly irresponsible.
At this age in life you can go out and live the life you have dreamed about, albeit only for a few weeks or months, and return home to tell the tales. If you don’t go out and take risks, enjoy your youth, and meet people from around the world, what stories will you have to tell your grandchildren? (NB: the time you went out for coffee and cake on a Sunday afternoon does not suffice as a story of colour).
This is the age you can make your own decisions without regrets, without responsibilities, and without consequence of your spur of the moment actions.
Now is the time to go out, live a little, and if you have the courage, then live a lot.
The world we live in today is much different to the world our grandparents lived in. Even our parents for that matter.
The 21st Century has adopted the buzzword ‘globalisation’ to explain the rapid and incredibly vast growth of interconnectedness within the world around us. Essentially, it means that you are now just as connected to someone halfway across the globe as you are to your next door neighbour.
Globalisation also means that it is now (more than ever) a lot cheaper to travel around the world. Additionally, once remote locations are now much more accessible and there is really nowhere in the world you can not travel to (with a few minor exceptions – e.g. North Korea still proves difficult).
So for any young budding 20-something, now is the perfect time to spread your wings and meet people from all around the world and not only make lasting friendships, but also to learn from them as well as teach them about yourself and your culture.
Discover who you are and who you want to be
At this fruitful age of life you are still discovering yourself and your place in the world. Your world view is still being formed, and it’s important to displace yourself from a comfortable life we not only enjoy but sometimes take for granted, and experience the world through the eyes of others.
Whether you’re eager to get cultured by visiting a tonne of various European cities and towns or looking to embrace your compassion by volunteering in Africa, South America, or Southeast Asia – there are endless opportunities through travel that will help you discover your sense of self, and what impact you want to have on the world around you.
Real-time catastrophic events such as the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti or the tsunami in Phuket are also a great opportunity to give back and assist those who are most in need. Travelling to unique destinations in times of disaster can have a lasting impact on how you view the world and your place in it.
“What if I’m not in my 20’s”
…well I’m glad you asked. The title of this blog post should have very little (if any at all) direct correlation to your age. If you’re in your 30’s, 40’s or even 70’s, there is still so much to gain from travel. However for many/most in these age brackets, life has already sucked you into regularity, normality, and quite honestly idleness. If you have the desire to travel, then just go. There is no time like the present.