Last weekend was a long weekend in London and a friend and I decided to spend that time in Paris (you know, just a casual trip to Paris). Being in the beautiful city of lights made me reflect on how grateful I am for being able to travel to such amazing destinations. If you don’t personally know me you may be reading this and thinking that I must be quite well off to be able to travel around the world whilst living in London. This could not be further from the truth! Ever since I had my first taste of travel many years ago I’ve had an endless desire to see the world and at the moment travelling as much as I can is right at the top of my list of priorities. I make many sacrifices to be able to travel as much as I can; I don’t buy the clothes that I want when I see them, I don’t go out for meals during the week and I budget like a mad woman!
I digress but my point rings true; if you’re young and are strapped for cash I still am a believer that this should not hold you back from travelling. In my opinion, your 20’s are the best years for travel and here’s why I think you should travel as much as you can when you’re young:
To experience different cultures
Nothing can open your mind like travel can. I often find the most accepting and interesting people are the ones that have seen more of the world and experienced how other people live. The world is an incredible place full of diverse cultures and fascinating ways of life. Of course you can do this when you’re older but experiencing new cultures while you’re young will allow you to appreciate what you have and broaden your mind from a younger age.
To enjoy the lack of responsibility
When you’re in your 30’s and 40’s chances are you may have a partner and children and travelling can become more complicated and expensive. Being in your 20’s without kids and a mortgage means one thing: less responsibility. You can do what you want, when you want, where you want (within reason of course). Make the most of this freedom while you can and, dare I say it, let loose while you still can! Not saying that you’re 30’s aren’t fun, just not the same kind of fun as you’re 20’s!
To see what you’re capable of
We’ve all been there; having a sneaky stalk of someones Instagram and thinking that their travels look completely glamorous and magical. Travelling is magical but it’s definitely not always glamorous. What you don’t see on Instagram are annoying flight delays, constant waiting in lines and running into money troubles. Travelling is a lot of fun but it’s definitely not as easy as it looks. Budgeting, organisation, learning to get through the day fighting jet lag and getting out of your comfort zone to meet new people are only a number of invaluable life skills that you’ll pick up when you’re travelling. You’ll constantly surprise yourself with how capable you are when you push yourself out of your comfort zone.
To travel cheaply
Yep, you read that correctly. Yes travelling on a strict budget has its drawbacks but it also has its benefits too. Travelling on a budget means that you won’t do things the ‘fancy’ way and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with roughing it a little. Having less money means eating where the locals eat, staying in hostels and aids you in having more authentic travelling experiences rather than relaxing in beach resorts.
To meet new people
Travelling when you’re younger usually means staying in hostels. Hostels may not be the most glamorous places but they’re incredibly social and are a fantastic way to meet new people from all over the world. By mingling with new people you’ll learn about the lesser known places in the area, make new friends and become more outgoing and confident in the process.
Until next time,