Why you should travel young?
The other night, I had a conversation with a young man who had a number of decisions ahead of him, which included whether he should go to grad school or travel the world.
I told him to travel. Hands down. No excuses. Just go. The results are worth the costs. And he sighed.
Never were more fatal words spoken:
Yeah, but… what about debt?
Yeah, but… what about my job?
Yeah, but… what about my girlfriend (or dog or car or whatever)?
“Yeah, but…” is pernicious. Because it makes it sound like we have the best of intentions when really we are just too scared to do what we should. It allows us to be cowards, while sounding noble.
Most people I know who waited to travel the world never did. Conversely, plenty of people who waited for grad school or a steady job and traveled still did those things — eventually.
Be careful of the yeah-but. The yeah-but will kill your dreams.
1. Traveling teaches you to live an adventure
When you look back on your life, you will have moments of which you are proud and maybe a few you regret. It’s likely that the following won’t be on the latter list:
Bicycled across the India Gate
Appeared on BBC or may someother TV.
Hiking in Himachal.
Learned French in three months.
Toured India by train.
They’re not on mine (fun fact: I’ve done all of the above). So what, then, will be? What choices will you regret making? Holding back. Being afraid. Making excuses. Not taking more risks. Waiting. While you are young, you should travel
2. Traveling helps you encounter compassion
In your youth, you will make choices that will define you. The disciplines you begin now will be with you for the rest of your life.
Traveling will change you like little else can. It will put you in places that will force you to care for issues that are bigger than you.
3. Traveling allows you to get some culture
While you’re still young, you should get cultured. Get to know the world and the magnificent people that fill it.
The world is a stunning place, full of outstanding works of art. See it.
Do this while you’re still young. Do not squander the time. You may never have it again.
You have a crucial opportunity to invest in the next season of your life now. Whatever you sow, you will eventually reap. Please. For your sake, do this. Because you won’t always be young. And life won’t always be just about you.
So travel. Experience the world for all it’s worth. Become a person of culture, adventure, and compassion.
“What if I’m not young?”
Travel, anyway. It may not be easy to do, but find a way to get out of your comfort zone. It’s really never too late.
But if you haven’t gotten sucked into the routine of life yet, I implore you — travel. It will never be easier than it is right now for you to do that which really matters.
Living an adventure is important. But it’s just as important to share it, too.
Whether it’s to remember it for yourself, to invite your friends and family to share it with you, or to inspire others to have compassion for the things you’re seeing, keeping a travel blog can be a meaningful way to share your adventure with the world.
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