Why you should travel in your 20's

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Why you should travel in your 20s


“Your 20’s are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground.” – Kyoko Escamilla

One thing I cannot recommend enough is to travel especially while you’re young. As eye-rollingly cliché as this is gonna sound… you will truly find yourself. It’s true. You may not think it, but until you actually take the plunge and visit different cultures you will never truly know how valuable travelling can be to your future.

Chances are you’re not married, have no kids and no major responsibilities (yet). Once you start working towards your long-term career it’s much harder to organise any serious travel. You will get approximately 25 days paid annual leave for the whole year with a ‘real’ job so now is the time! You’re probably just fresh out of education for the first time in like… EVER, and the thought of becoming an adult is too scary. But your education shouldn't have to stop there. Travel is in a sense the biggest form of schooling you can give yourself (and its free education!) You’ll learn history, geography, biology, economy and politics in a way no class-room environment could provide.

Reading or watching a TV programme about a foreign culture is nowhere near as valuable as experiencing it first-hand. Could you imagine skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef in Australia? Teaching English in a Third World country? Volunteering at an orangutan rehab centre in Borneo? Hiking glaciers in New Zealand? Driving Route 66? Island hopping through Fiji? Partying at the Rio carnival? Getting a bamboo tattoo in Thailand? Watching the sunrise over Angkor Watt? Well don’t call it a dream, call it a PLAN!

Travelling will increase your confidence tenfold, I know this first hand! You’ll become better at conversations and less materialistic. It will open your eyes and help you discover what you really want out of life and just imagine all of the stories you’ll be able to tell.

Its important to see what else is out there. Trust me, there’s much more to life than the lil bubble you live in at the moment. It’s a massive world out there and it’s waiting for YOU to explore.

If you tell yourself you can’t travel because you can’t afford it, are you being honest? Do you really NEED that expensive handbag? Is it worth going out again on Saturday night to the same nightclub you go to every week? If travelling is something you really want you will need to prioritise saving up for it.

Travelling in your 20's can be cheaper than you think! Book hostels with shared lodging facilities and bed and breakfast. If you're travelling in a couple, check out cheap apartment rentals through Airbnb (this can sometimes be cheaper than hostels!). And you can’t get cheaper than FREE, use CouchSurfing to find FREE accommodation with locals and meet fellow travellers in the area. You don’t even have to go for a long time. Even a few weeks out of the rat race and into paradise will really enrich your life.

So do it now! Have some fun, be wild (not too wild…well if you must), go anywhere you want; the world is your oyster. Travel before the stresses of life get in the way.

I’ll leave you how I began, with a cringeworthy but spot-on travel quote from Pinterest:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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


Love Luce x

2 comments:

  1. Yes, yes, YES! I 110% agree with every single word. I waited so long to go travelling, I wanted to get my mental health in order before committing to flying across the globe.
    That first moment exploring a country so far from home completely changed my outlook on life and what I wanted to do. But most of all, the confidence I was given to get out there and try new things was life-changing!

    Tamsyn Elizabeth
    Peaches and Bear

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    1. Well done for taking the leap Tamsyn!

      It honestly does change you (for the better) you look back on the person you were *pre travelling* and its hard to believe that was you!

      It opens your eyes to other ways of thinking and I agree with the confidence boost! Glad you enjoyed my post! xx

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