“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Regardless if you’ve just finished university, looking for a job, have a job you don’t enjoy, undergoing a quarter life crisis or having a gap year; the solution to finding the happiness and find your bliss back — and yourself, is to travel.
Starting your memorable adventure doesn’t have to cost you thousands of dollars. Start small and build up from there. You might want to explore the corners of your own country then move on to your neighboring countries.
Traveling isn’t just for the rich; traveling makes you rich. Sure some destinations may cost you a lot but I’m telling you, it is worth every penny. There are a lot of ways to sustain your travel expenses but that’s another discussion.
Age is just a number and here are the reasons why you should start exploring the world in your twenties.
#1: You have all the energy and time
Honestly, when do you see yourself traveling the world? When you’re retired, already old and have weak bones? Sure you have all the money by then but you certainly won’t get to have all the time you had had it been now.
The abundant energy you have within you in your twenties is the key to enjoying and experiencing everything and anything in different destinations. Would you go bungee jumping in your 60s or 70s? Energy and time are vital in pursuing your dreams and adventures, wait no further. Do it now.
#2: You have no commitments (yet)
No kids, not married yet, no mortgages, no any other major responsibilities. This is the perfect time to be selfish and push yourself to taking the big leap.
You’re not settled yet which means you have the time to commit to yourself first. By the time you have your own family, traveling the world will go down last on your priority list.
#3: You can afford it
“I don’t have a job yet”, “I don’t have enough savings”, “I can’t afford it” — sure you can!
The idea of it sounds expensive which is usually one of the reasons that pulls you back from going. Hotel costs? Airfare? Transportation? Miscellaneous costs? Your budget can be stretched to cover these. There are budget alternatives for accommodation and savvy tricks and tips to find the cheapest airfare, coupons, discounts and the likes.
Resist the urge of buying the latest gadgets, trendy clothings and splurging on unnecessary things. Start saving up and researching budget travel tips to give you an idea how much you should save for your chosen destination.
#4: You’ll meet people and make friends from different places
Meeting incredible people in each place you visit is one of the best parts of traveling especially if you’re riding solo. Who knows, maybe you can have a foreign fling?
These people will leave an impact in your life and will teach you a lot of things beyond just traveling. These people are also the most inspiring and genuine people that will teach you about life in ways you wouldn’t think.
#5: Step up your social skills
Since the experience urges you to meet people of different cultures, you’re pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. If you’re the type that is introverted and laid back, traveling will change that. You won’t even notice that you’re the one striking up a conversation. It will change you in so many ways.
About Chie Suarez
Chie Suarez sails from the PH and enjoys travelling with her family and dog. She found her passion for travelling quite late, not to mention she writes for Kims Luxury Accommodation & Romantic Getaways in Toowoon Bay NSW Australia.