Thanks to Bria Pierce for submitting this guest post.
I have a boyfriend, a cat, a dog. I want to go to grad school. I just can not miss this job opportunity. I would love to travel, but I do not have enough money (only to admit just a few moments later that your closet is stuffed full of new shoes and more clothes than you can wear in your lifetime). I will have more time to travel when I retire.
The list of excuses is endless, and life is passing by. We put off so many things and take it for granted that we will experience them later on. But guess what? No one guarantees that you will live to a ripe old age. And if you do, you are likely to add arthritis, fear of having a heart attack while traveling, or just sinking into a routine, to your long list of excuses.
12 Reasons to Travel While You’ re Young
These reasons might help you to pack your suitcase and hit the road
#1 You will learn to turn your life into an adventure
Make a list of things you want to do and places you want to visit, whether it is a camel ride in Egypt, taking flamenco lessons in Spain, or drinking ayahuasca with an Amazonian tribe.
#2 Taste the fullness of life while you are still full of energy
We are living in a virtual age, and it is not difficult to imagine someone who is trying to fulfill a lifelong dream by taking a virtual tour of Machu Picchu. But can that really replace feeling the mountain wind in your hair or seeing the Andean condor dive into emptiness above the Temple of Condor?
#3 Traveling will change your perspective
You will never again take anything for granted, because each of your trips will enrich you with new experiences and new knowledge. You will see that a lot of people live happier lives even though they have less than you do.
#4 Impress a future employer with your international experience
We live in an increasingly global world, and someone who has never ventured out of his hometown is likely to be disadvantaged during a job interview. Your employer wants someone with a global understanding, so instead of hurting your career prospects traveling will improve them.
#5 Discover your inner self
How many times have you heard someone say: I just need to move somewhere, change my surroundings and give myself a break. It’ s because by venturing out to unfamiliar places you are also embarking on an inner journey of self- discovery, learning self-reliance and different perspectives people of different cultures have on life.
#6 Learn how to step out of your comfort zone
Traveling is the best way to comprehend how big and diverse the world is, and how small you are in it. You will overcome prejudice and cultivate yourself. It is one thing to read something in a book or watch a documentary, and completely another to put yourself in someone else’ s shoes and go out to discover the world.
#7 Indulge your taste buds
When you are young your metabolism is at its peak, you could eat a horse and stay lean because your body will burn the calories quickly. Keep an open mind and taste all the new flavors and dishes on a menu, they will teach you a lot about that country’ s culture. Make the new tastes your most cherished souvenirs.
#8 Learn something new in an enjoyable way
You hated history when you were in school? Do not worry, no one will force you to learn the history of your travel destination. Instead, you will discover a newfound desire to learn of your own will what you once learned because you had to.
#9 You will learn how to live a less materialistic lifestyle
In a world obsessed with buying new things, a capacity of enjoying what is immaterial is fading away. Traveling will teach you that real happiness is not found in objects but in people you meet on your way, starry night or a new sunset in a foreign land.
#10 Make new friends and hone your communication skills
Traveling will give you plenty of opportunities to meet new people and learn at first hand about their customs and perspectives. When you are traveling (especially, a low budget) you will need all the help you can get, so you will have to employ your communication skills, an important asset in everyday life.
#11 Become independent and self- confident
Not all will be milk and honey on your trip. You might find yourself having to navigate labyrinthine streets in a city where many people do not speak English, or arguing with taxi drivers who are trying to rip you off; you will become more tough and resilient in the face of adversity.
#12 Learn a new language
Everything comes easier to you when you are young, and that includes learning a foreign language. Whether you just want to dabble in some basic phrases and impress the locals, or you want to add another valuable asset to your budding career, knowing a new language will open a whole new world.
Now that you have read this, stop coming up with new excuses and do not let another year pass without you getting new passport stamps. Learn some planning strategies, spread your wings and hit the road.
Bria Pierce is a globetrotter, origami amateur, photo enthusiast and a writer for 123writings.com. Her most cherished souvenirs are friendships forged in the countries she has visited, smells and flavors. She travels for travel’s sake. Follow her on twitter.