I think most people get the urge to go on adventures, especially when life becomes complacent and a bit boring. You should always follow those dreams and travel in your twenties. It’s not selfish, it’s impulsive and can be life changing. You probably have little-to-no responsibilities yet so why shouldn’t you? Whether it’s a cheap weekend away or a three-month road trip, just do it. Here’s just a handful of reasons why you should travel in your twenties. There are so many more and once you start, you’ll have your own reasons.
Whether you’re going to one place or visiting several, you will find yourself. You’ll discover what you love, what you dislike, you’ll build a confidence in yourself. Change is inevitable when you go traveling and I dare to say that this is never for the worst. You grow as a person and you become more assertive.
Gain perspective on another culture
Going to another country that has a different customs and traditions, whether it’s an English-speaking country or not, changes your perspective. Even from visiting different places in America, the culture varies from state to state. Food is different, ideas on religion is different, laws are different. Go somewhere that stretches your mind and shows you different ways of life.
Go out of your depth
Try things that you never thought you’d do. Climb a mountain, dive into the ocean, even travel on your own. Do things that you think will scare you because the saying “You only regret the things you don’t do” really is very true. You never know, you might not get the chance to do it again. Listen to opportunity and take it when it comes around.
Meet other people like you
One of the best things about traveling as I’ve said so many times before, is the people you meet. Everyone has a desire to learn and try new things. You get to know people very quickly and form a strong bond with them in a small amount of time. Sometimes, you only get to be with them for a few days but they can stick around in your life forever even if it’s only over the phone or the internet.
Experience different ecosystems/climates
Have you ever experience extreme heat or cold? Or been to a desert or swamp land? It’s the strangest feeling the first time you go to a climate that’s completely different to what you’re used to. Your body adapts quickly and it’s strange to see. Some of the sights can be beautiful and terrifying at the same time. I remember seeing the Rockies for the first time and being in awe of how big the mountains were. Granted, they now make the Peak district seem tiny but they are so different, you can’t really compare.
You’ll have your own story
Everyone has their own unique story to tell but experiencing things through travel makes yours that little bit more interesting. You’ll have times that have scared you, times where you haven’t ever laughed as much and times where you have felt complete bliss and happiness. Write your own story and do the things you have always dreamt of and you’ll have no regrets and the best anecdotes to follow them.
It will give you goals
When you travel, you have the time to understand what you want out of life. You’ll think about the things that make you tick and what you enjoy. Coming home can be an adjustment but if anything, it will make you dream bigger and give you drive to achieve your goals. You change and you keep on wanting to change. Challenges can become a drive to succeed and you keep on pushing through your barriers. Travelling gives you the tools and the mental capacity to overcome things you never thought you would.
There has never been a better time to do it and these are just some of the reasons why you should travel in your twenties. You don’t have heavy responsibilities, you can do it on the cheap and you discover yourself. If you’re thinking about it, take the leap and do it. You won’t have any regrets and you’ll be living.