Lessons of Travel

By the time you’re in your early 20’s, you’re expected to start your life. But what if you don’t know what you want to do? Traveling gives you the opportunity to explore what the world has to offer before you settle to live a certain way.

Not only does traveling teach you to become independent and responsible, but it also allows you to enjoy the freedom of your youth. Check out my slideshow for five reasons you should travel young.

There are so many lessons the world can teach people like compassion, appreciation, goodwill and insight. By dealing with the situations and people that travel exposes you to, you can gain these invaluable qualities and carry them with you wherever you go.

Youth is the only time that we are not tied down by insane amounts of responsibility, so it is the best time to appreciate the beauty of being alive. If you enjoy adventure–the world is your oyster, and the time to travel is now.

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Why You Should Travel Young

If money weren’t an object, then everyone would do what they love.

Since most have bought into the idea that money runs the world, people spend years of their lives working jobs they don’t even enjoy.

But if money weren’t an obstacle, what would you do? We are only alive for a very short amount of time. If you spend all your time worrying about making money–you’ll miss everything the world has to offer.

In a Lifehack article by Anna Chui she wrote,

“Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing… than a long life spent in a miserable way.”

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It’s obvious from the traveling lifestyles of bloggers like Traveling Earl that the idea that you need a ton of money to travel is simply not true.

Many people have decided to travel off the beaten path to create a lifestyle of exploring. Some of these “permanent nomads” chronicles their adventures around the world on websites and blogs. Wandering Earl began his adventures with a three month trip to Asia which is yet to end 4,195 days later. He left home with $1,500 to his name. In his article How I Can Afford My Life of Constant Travel, he lays out a timeline of his trips and how he’s managed to support himself throughout. Most of the time, he taught English in exchange for pay and housing.

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There are a lot of ways to make money while you’re traveling. College graduates have even more unique opportunities and options to work around the world. You take your skills (and your diploma) with you wherever you go, so applying for internships or jobs related to your degree are great options if you’re worried about losing momentum in your career.

In his article 42 Ways You Can Make Money and Travel the World, Wandering Earl lists many other ways to support a traveling lifestyle. Here are a few:

  • Teach English
  • Online Freelance Work
  • Work in a Hostel
  • Travel Blogging
  • Housesitting
  • Bartending
  • Cafe/Restaurant Work
  • Teach Musical Instruments
  • Teach Dance Classes
  • Teach Yoga
  • Au Pair
  • Tour Escort
  • Photography
  • Travel Writing
  • Work Exchange

Regardless of what you do, traveling–especially in your 20’s–can open up your mind to new perspectives that can change your life forever. In her article Why You Should Travel Young, Brooke Saward writes about her experiences:

I can tell you with 100% certainty and accuracy that there are many things you can’t learn from an education. Things like independence, patience, understanding, appreciation, cultural immersion, feeling out of your comfort zone, budgeting…. the list is endless. There’s so much you can learn from travel that you simply won’t get elsewhere. 

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