I do believe that not everyone is fortunate enough to travel from a very tender age. However, bringing a change in every individual’s fate solely depends on himself. Young people these days tend to put off travel, being weighed down by burdening career goals and routine activities. We often have various reasons and excuses put off travel starting from lack of funds to family priorities and from completing formal education to getting a high paid corporate job.
I have been among those fortunate kids to have had a chance to travel extensively across India since I was just 11 months young. In the years that followed, I learnt a lot about traveling while on my family trips to different parts of India and a few trips abroad. These travel experiences immensely contributed to the success of my first ever solo trip to Europe earlier this year (2016).
As Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do”.
Even though there might be endless reasons to travel, I would like to highlight 7 reasons that will definitely inspire one more soul to travel.
Making friends across the globe
Traveling young gives you never-ending opportunities to meet like-minded, crazy and enthusiastic individuals from different parts of the world. Interacting with people of different cultures helps understand different aspects life on this planet. Since the inception of Internet, meeting people through various websites or pages on different social media platforms has become a piece of cake.While meeting travelers in hostels is very common these days, travel hosting and meeting websites such as Couchsurfing, Bewelcome, Meeple, Warmshowers and Trustroots have also helped wanderers immensely while away from home.
2. Taking care of the finances
Traveling helps you to manage your funds in the most optimum manner. Traveling inculcates the habit of using your hard-earned money on things that you need instead of splurging it on desired and unnecessary things and services. Setting off on a solo adventure with limited budget at a very young age helps to garner our budgeting skills to the best of its ability.
3. Countless number of stories to share
While traveling, every person, every place, every meeting, every second and every day is a whole new story. Each trip gives you countless number of stories to share with your friends, family, relatives, colleagues, wife, kids and grandkids.
4. Enrich your knowledge
I am sure that most of us have never been too excited about history or geography in our schools. We always wished to have had a better ways to learn these subjects instead just reading the text books. So how about taking a trip all the way to Berlin to see the remnants of the Berlin wall or climbing Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain on this planet? Does it not sound fascinating? So why not set off on such trips that will once again slide through those pages of our history and geography books as we hop from city to city and from country to country.
5. Life is too short for such a huge planet
The globe seems to be too big for such a short life. Travel young because there’s no guarantee of a tomorrow. You never know what might happen the next minute. So wouldn’t it be a great idea to start ticking off our bucketlist when we are young and able?
6. Helps us appreciate little things
Consumerism and materialism has taken over our lives to such a level that we often fail to be thankful for all those little important things in life that so many others aren’t fortunate enough to have. A trip to Africa or one to India (right here in my courtyard) will definitely help you to be more appreciative of what you have and can have, while millions of people still struggle to have a single meal a day.
7. Stepping out of the comfort zone
Back home we normally try to do everything in a copy-book style. Starting from our early morning wake ups to our jobs to eating food to good nights. We try to keep things simple by sticking to a our routine everyday. Traveling at an early stage of life teaches us step out of the comfort zone that we have created in our day-to-day lives and face challenges and new tasks to broaden our horizons.
And yet there are more and more reasons that one can have to travel while still young. But if you’re really willing to travel and experience the magic, a single reason to explore is mighty enough for you to book your next journey.
I hope this article motivates you to set off on your own adventure trips. Do share your stories with us. Thanks a ton for reading.
PS. The images are from the internet.
Ciao/Do Widzenia/Buhbye until the next post.
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