Travelling while you’re young is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Yes, that totally sounds cliche, but it’s also true. Travel not only teaches you things about the world, but also about yourself.
There is a love story that takes place on the road. Travel makes you look at the world differently, and appreciate everything and anything that crosses your path. You learn to appreciate that perfect bite from the little vendor on the street at 3am, and the finding the perfect hidden cove on a beach that no one else found yet. It also makes you accept your faults as they come, and learn to do things on your own.
The beauty of travelling when you’re young is being able to create memories of those parties with strangers in foreign countries, the missed flights, long train rides, and the pasta, oh so much pasta.
Curious about the other reasons why you should travel young? Here are some of the best reasons:
1. YOU MEET PEOPLE
It goes without saying, but travelling brings you in contact with people from all over the world. That in it of itself is probably the best gift that you can give yourself. Meeting people who have different beliefs from you not only makes the world so much more interesting, but it helps you create a network of friends all over the world.
2. YOU MEET YOURSELF
There is something magical about sitting in the middle of a crowded square and knowing that you are where you are not because you have to be, but because you want to be. Watching people interact, and facing different situations helps you figure out exactly what your character is made of.
3. YOU LEARN HOW TO MANAGE YOUR MONEY
Want to learn how to budget? Take your money and wander the world. This is the probably the best way to learn how to stretch your money so you can enjoy all the experiences that you want to have. You quickly learn the value of a dollar, and what it can get you. You also learn what you’re willing to do to save a buck or two.
4. YOU LEARN TO ACCEPT THE GOOD AND THE BAD
One of the best lessons that travel can give you is learning to accept the things around you. The world of full of black, white and gray, and you learn to accept things that you really can’t change. While it can be hard to see human suffering on a day to day basis, you do get to see some really amazing incidents that will melt your heart. And those are the stories that will stay with you for a really long time.
5. YOU LET GO OF YOUR PRECONCIEVED NOTIONS OF LUXURY
Addicted to your shoes and clothes? Try backpacking for a few months with a small sample of items. Not only does it get you to learn what things are important, but also learn what you rather spend your money on. Same thing with food. Fancy dinners and fancy hotels go out the window when the same money can be an experience that will change your life.
6. IT COSTS YOU LESS
Seriously, things are either cheaper or free when you’re young. Even costs of transportation in most parts of the world costs less. Take a look at the Eurail Passes as an example. And if you’re a fan of museums and such, then you’re in luck since most of them are going to be free for you. So go out and take advantage.
7. YOU FIND YOUR TRUE CALLING
Most of us don’t really know what to do with our lives when you’re young but having access to not only different places, but different people will help you figure out what your passions in life are. You figure out what’s interesting, and what you want to spend your life doing.
8. YOU LEARN COMPASSION
Compassion makes the world go round. Travelling to different parts of the world where living conditions are a complete opposite of yours makes you understand, and appreciate the things that you have. Not only that, but you learn to see things from other points of view, and see how everyone else sees things.
Travelling while you’re young may not be something that everyone thinks about, but it really should be. The experiences, the stories, the challenges, and the nights that you can’t remember as worth every single moment.