Traveling is fun! You get to see wondrous things, experience different cultures, and see the world in a new perspective. We all like to travel and we all have a list of places we’d love to see before it’s too late. But wouldn’t you want to travel as much as you possibly could during the most optimal time? It’s easy to convince yourself that opportunities are unlimited, but time usually has a way of revealing the truth.
I know, I know. You have your entire life to travel so why rush it? This is true, but hear me out. Traveling in your twenties is the best time to check those places off your bucket list. And here is why:
Self-discovery: When you travel, you not only discover things about the world, but you discover things about yourself. I had no idea my favorite food was Cajun until I took a trip to New Orleans my senior year of college. Now whenever someone asks me what my favorite type of food is, I can confidently say, “Cajun!”
People who know themselves are interesting. They have depth and stories to tell. No one likes the bland response, “I don’t know,” when asking a question. Also, how else will anyone get to know you if you don’t even know yourself? Don’t be boring! Traveling will help you discover those hidden answers you never knew about yourself.
Fun: When you’re in your twenties, you’re still able to party like a rock star—with a somewhat forgivable morning after. Reality tells us that the older we’ll get, the earlier we’ll feel our bedtime and the more miserable the morning after drinking will be. So, if you want to have an exciting time experiencing some of the local bars and clubs your destination has to offer, it’s best to do it while you’re young!
Cost: It’s a lot cheaper when you only have to worry about yourself when traveling. Or even if you’re traveling with a significant other, you both can help split the costs. You’ll be able to experience more which means more memories to tell.
Smaller Family: The time to have children in recent generations has gradually been getting later and later. Most people today envision having children in their late twenties and early thirties because they want to live out their youth in independence. Now that’s not saying that those who chose to have a family earlier in life can’t travel. I think most of us can agree that it’s a lot easier without the responsibility and worry of children.
Family will become the center of your life someday, and it should be if that is one of your life goals! But with family comes sacrifice, and it’d be wise to live out your youthful freedom while you have the chance because you might be reduced to leaving your house for only work and groceries before you know it.
Return: And finally, traveling while in your twenties gives you the incentive to return to a place and experience it again in a new and enlightened mentality. You’ll be able to walk the streets of the memories you’ve created as nostalgia greets you like a comforting old friend. Even if you return older and matured with a family or new friends, you can tell your old stories as you create new ones.
We never know what life will throw at us or which opportunities we’ll miss. If you get the opportunity to travel, take it! If you want to go to another country or check out the other coast, then go! Do not take your youth for granted because you might regret the adventures you chose not to take.