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13 Reasons to Travel While You’re Young

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1)      It’s Cheaper

Many places had discounted youth or student rates that apply to everything from meals, to transportation, to tours. Some places require a specific card (ie ISIC if you are a student), but most will just take official ID. May as well take advantage!

2)      You Will Never be Healthier

Physical activity is a huge aspect of travel, even if it’s just a lot of walking. The younger you are, the easier it is to a) keep going and b) recover (yes this includes hangovers).  Your mind may always stay young, but sadly your body doesn’t work the same way. Make the best of it while you can.

These were brand new when I started my 2 month trip in Europe...7 weeks later.

These were brand new when I started my 2 month trip in Europe…7 weeks later.

3)      It’s a Perfect Escape

So you finished school, but you don’t have a job because you have no idea what you want to do with your life? Welcome to the real world, and yes it causes most of us to panic. So take your savings and hit the road- it beats sitting at home watching TV while you sort things out.

4)      It’s a Great Way to Find Yourself

It sounds corny, but it’s true. You can learn a lot from travel that will help you figure out what you want out of life, what’s important to you, as well as learning your values and goals.

Fake meditating on cliff always helps too

Fake meditating on cliff always helps too

5)      It Forces you to become Independent

There’s nothing like being a hundred miles away from home and realizing how much you relied on other people. Travel forces you to take care of yourself; find your own way, plan your own meals, and do your own laundry!

6)      It Teaches you Money Smarts

Travel is the best way to learn how to properly budget your money. You’re much smarter with your finances when mom isn’t behind you holding out an extra $20 for dinner before a movie. You learn to value things differently and prioritize, pushing away material things for what really matters.

7)      It looks Good to Future Employers

Travelling brings about a lot of skills that are helpful in the professional work world. Being on time for your plane/train translates to punctuality, while chatting with the locals at the market leads to great interpersonal skills.

8)      You will Make Lifelong Friends

Travel is the best way to meet people, and sure some friendships will only last a day, or maybe just a random message through Facebook, but some will last your lifetime.  And who knows, maybe you will meet that special someone on the road as well.

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My Irish bests: Christmas cards, Skype chats, endless e-mails and the occasional visit make it work.

9)   You Don’t have any commitments

No mortgage that needs paying, no long-term job that needs to be maintained. Young people are pretty much free of the commitments that come with age. Chances are the only thing you may need to worry about is a student loan, and with online banking you can take care of that almost anywhere.

10)   No one Depends on You

Most young people don’t have a family to take care of; a spouse or children to provide for, or a sickly parent to keep an eye on.  Take advantage of this freedom because when you’re married with two kids, your significant other isn’t going to let you backpack around Europe for a month.

11)      You Are Young and Dumb Enough to try Anything

This is a good thing. Being young means you’re more open to risks- and although I don’t suggest playing chicken on the world’s busiest highways, I’m all for trying out bungee jumping, cage diving, or maybe just dancing on the bar. Young people are more about living in the moment.

When given the opportunity to chase sheep...take it.

When given the opportunity to chase sheep…take it. Who cares who’s watching.

12)   You will Learn the Truth Before You are Jaded

We Millennials are way more tolerant than previous generations, but fact is that sexism, racism, and every other ‘ism’ are still prominent in our world. Our generation is supposed to be the front for this change, and there’s no better way to make that happen then to see the world and experience for yourself that race/religion/skin colour/gender don’t matter.

13)   You May Only Have Now

You never know what tomorrow may bring. Not to be morbid, but no one can predict the future and there’s no knowing that what may happen. A wise man once said, “Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today”.

 

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29 thoughts on “13 Reasons to Travel While You’re Young

  1. antonette - we12travel

    Only shame is that some people who travel young don’t actually have the money for it and get a loan to do it. While a couple of years it wasn’t a problem to get a job and pay off but nowadays I would think twice about traveling with borrowed money. However if you can afford, by all means, go!

  2. Samantha

    Haha that is so true – you are young and dumb enough to try anything. There are definitely moments when I’ve thought to myself, I probably would never do this in ten years so might as well try it now! Great list and each one is very true!

  3. Paul

    I can relate to pretty much all of this list lol. although my travels at the moment seem to be stupidly expensive even when I’m trying to travel cheap! I love number 5 and 12 – I’ve become so much more independant and try not to rely on anyone for anything, I love the accomplishment I feel when I do things for myself like planning trips. I think things like the media and the news can be very oppressive and negative, and there are quite a few people at my work with a really jaded and negative view of the world – I just can’t live like this, as you say I would rather travel the world and make my own judgements.

  4. Alli

    I can attest to ALL these things on your list. The only problem I’ve found with number 8 though is that I meet incredible people from different parts of the world, and sadly, I never see them again 🙁

  5. Jenna

    Totally agree–great reasons to travel when you’re young! The sooner you start, the more you can hopefully see and do in the long run 🙂 I love #8, meeting friends on the road is always fun–we’ve met some great people traveling!

  6. Amy

    So true! I’m so grateful for all of my travels in my 20’s. I really think they helped me mature and get a better perspective on life and the world around me. Of course, that doesn’t stop now that I’m in my 30’s, but it’s so important to start when you’re young. And you’re right – you never know where life may lead so it’s stupid to wait.

  7. Chris Boothman

    Completely agree that you should start traveling when you are young! As you get older there are so many other commitments that arise but when you are young you can pretty much do whatever you want (within reason of course). Great tips for any aspiring young travelers out there that are debating a round the world trip or heading down their chosen career path!

  8. lorrie

    those are all great reasons thanks for sharing I didn’t get to start traveling till I was in my 30s but I’ve enjoyed every year of traveling ive had so far.

  9. Lila Asnani

    Great post on seizing the moment and living in the moment. It was a stark reminder for us when we went to Machu Picchu. An elderly gentleman had to be taken out of the site via helicopter because of a medical condition. So as someone who is on the older side, I wholeheartedly agree with you. Travel now and travel often. It transforms you!

  10. Laura Kon

    Hi Hannah 🙂
    I just stumbled upon your blog and instantly loved it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences about traveling with us.
    Stay safe and enjoy!
    Laura from Germany

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  12. Melannie

    Well, I have 39 now, but I consider, I look and I feel myself young.
    So, being in good shape, I can travel only using a bicycle or my legs to travel from one place to another. This is also a good way of keeping me young, in good shape and stress free.

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