We often hear stories of young people who are taking over the world. Or sometimes it’s older people, talking about all the travel adventures they’ve had in the past. And if that makes you say “Yeah, but that’s not for me!”, you might want to rethink that, because now might be the perfect time for you to go out there and see the world. And it’s not only because you now have all the time and none of the responsibilities (although that is part of it), but for many other reasons, both logistical and spiritual:
See the world for how it really is
If you don’t travel while you are young, and you spend your life in the same place, listening to the same people, your view of the world can easily turn misleading. The things we see and hear shape us and our views, so if we’re only told about the world through edited media, we will continue thinking what someone else wants us to. Instead, go travel to the countries you’ve been hearing or reading about. Meet the people, learn about the culture and spend some time there. See things from their perspective and you will see that things will very quickly start making sense. Open your mind and your eyes and see the world, unfiltered.
Dip your toes in before you commit
You’ve probably heard of people traveling around the world with nothing but a backpack, never staying in a single place for too long. You might even admire them, and want to attempt this yourself. The important thing to remember is that you need to get some experience under your belt before you commit to such a journey. Traveling for a weekend somewhere with friends or with your family is a great way to discover all the ups and downs of travel, and see if it is really what you want to do. There are also some great programs available for young people. If you have just graduated high school in Australia, you can look for schoolies in 2018 and find a program that you would like to try. Traveling with a support network lets you discover the world, but doesn’t punish you if you make some mistakes along the way.
Learn about yourself
Seeing the world outside of your comfort zone and experiencing things that you are not fully prepared for will make you reflect deep within and learn some things about yourself that you would never have discovered. It might be a new passion or talent, like motorcycling or that you are a total foodie, or it will be some emotions and a sense of purpose. Traveling will also humble you, as it will show you how life is everywhere else and teach you that, sometimes, we have it way easier than we thought. In hearing people’s stories and seeing their daily lives, you will find out what you truly love and what is important to you.
It teaches you budgeting skills
If you are in your teens or early 20s, you’re probably not working with a huge budget to start with. The first time you go somewhere on a trip and spend 90% of your budget on the first night will teach you a very valuable lesson, even if it does mean sleeping on trains for the rest of the trip. There are a lot of options to consider and save up like couch surfing, eating street food and so on. You will learn to convert currencies, find the best deals for accommodation, travel and food, and learn to spend money on experiences and memories, rather than material trinkets. This will not only come in handy when you are traveling for the rest of your life, but also when you are dealing with your budget at home.
Traveling will open your mind and your soul, and you will experience things that you never thought possible. You will gain experience and confidence and build up your personality that will get you through whatever life throws your way. Don’t be scared to ask for help when you need it and if you get homesick – remember that you’ll feel the wanderlust again in no time!
Roxana is a Sydney based travel enthusiast with a passion for writing. She loves fashion and has an eye for anything visually appealing and aesthetical. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. You can find her articles on HighStyleLife.