Travelling when you’re young

“You won’t have time to travel after you start working, so travel now!” This is the advice that has been hammered into my head ever since I started university. I sigh whenever I look at my bank account balance, so is it still possible for me to enjoy the perks of travelling when I’m constantly living on a budget? Despite the difficulty, I do believe in the advantages of travelling when I’m young and have time- hopefully after reading this you will too.

  1. You will learn independence

You could argue that we learn independence during our time at university, by leaving our homes and traipsing across the country to a new place. The fact is though, you are still on semi-familiar ground, and in the same time zone as your loved ones. What if you were halfway across the world, among people who don’t look quite the same as you? Where the food is nothing like the pub food you are used to, the roads are tricky to navigate, and to make matters worse, you encounter language barriers with the locals. Will you still be confident enough to say that you are truly independent? Sure, you can say, “I’ll just go to a place where the people speak the same language as me”, but is travelling about staying in your own comfort zone?

  1. Youth will not be on your side forever

Our good looks and fitness will not last forever, so while our bodies can still tolerate the crappy budget accommodation and those half-day bus rides, we should make the most of it! Or else where will we be able to relive those memories that make us shudder yet reminisce time and again? Also, on a more sombre note, remember life can be taken away at unexpected moments and when that time comes you will sorely regret the travelling chances that you never got to take. Afterall, you only live once.

Our good looks and fitness will not last forever, so while our bodies can still tolerate the crappy budget accommodation and those half-day bus rides, we should make the most of it!

  1. Embark on Your Very Own Learning Journey

We can all go to the same places, but what each person gets out from it can be totally different. I am not referring to the mantra of “finding yourself”, but sometimes you can be surprised by the things you are be capable of. For example, you may actually be really good at bargaining for lower prices, or your tolerance for spiciness may be higher than you thought. Until you are pushed to your limits, you will never discover your true potential.

Money is never excuse enough not to not travel; the worst punishment you can inflict upon yourself is to deprive yourself of the freedom of exploring.

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