5 Reasons to Travel While You’re Young

March 18, 2014
Reasons to Travel


foreign-correspondent badge final 1. The longer you wait, the less likely it is that you’ll go.

Think about all the things you want to do but just never quite “get around to.” Traveling is one of those things. While many people want to travel and maybe even intend to, many of those people put it off for their entire lives. I personally know that because traveling is so important to me, I have to travel while I am young.

It may sound cliché, but “if not now, when?” There is never a better time to travel than now, while you are young. When you do the things that are important to you first, you are more likely to not only be happier but also to be more productive. Take exercising for instance. Those who wake up and exercise in the morning are more likely to be energetic and motivated throughout the day. The same goes for traveling. It is also important to travel early on because if you make traveling (or exercising or anything else that is important to you) a priority now, it will likely continue to be a priority. Likewise, if you procrastinate now, you will always put off traveling and sadly, you may never get around to it.

2. When you are young, you are more open-minded.

When you are young, you have not yet been broken down by life’s hardships and you are willing to go with the flow. To me, traveling is all about being open to whatever gets thrown at you and enjoying the journey. Everyday is different and there are endless possibilities as to what can happen!

The youth tend to be curious and are more likely to take risks and to want to meet interesting people.  They are not as stubborn as older people. For these reasons, I think the youth will not only enjoy traveling more, but I also think they will be more likely to learn and form opinions based on their travels.

It is important to take everything in while you are traveling. The fewer judgments you have, the better your experience will be. Being young and open-minded is the perfect combination for traveling. The travel experiences you have will be unforgettable and will shape you into the older traveler you will become!

3. You have fewer responsibilities.

What better time to travel than when the only thing you have to worry about is yourself? Take the trips you want to take before you have a spouse, three kids, two dogs, a house, and sick parents to take care of.

One of the best times to travel is right after school. The time between finishing school and finding a job is a good opportunity for you to travel and figure out exactly who you are and what you want to do with your life. It is in this time that you are free from all of the responsibilities that will come later on. This freedom is not long-lasting so make it worth it.

4. You are physically able to do more.

While you can stay fit throughout your life, there is nothing like being young and healthy. While traveling, you will want to go on hikes, swim under waterfalls, surf, whitewater raft, and much more. Yes, you can still do a lot of this at 50 or 60, but you will not have the same energy levels as you do at 25. While you still have your youth, you will be able to wake up early, hike to the top of a mountain, check out the local towns, and still have enough energy to party with fellow travelers that night.

5. You will be motivated to keep traveling.

When you are young, the habits you form will stick with you. If traveling is important to you now, it always will be. The experiences you have while away from home will be some of the most amazing and life-changing experiences you will ever have. These special moments will motivate you to continue to travel throughout your life. You will realize that the people you meet while traveling will change you for the better and you will realize that there is so much to learn and so much to see. You will be inspired.

Travel now because you won’t want to stop. You will find a way to make everything you dream about a reality. The world is so big yet so small, and if you travel while you are young, you will feel accomplished but will also see that there is still so much more to conquer.

Your motivation to travel will give you goals to strive for. You will be happier and more fulfilled and life will hold meaning.

About Alanna Murphy

Alana Murphy is a curious person who takes an interest in many things. For her, traveling is one of the best ways to learn not only about yourself, but also about others and this amazing world we live in. The excitement of meeting new people, exploring an unknown area, and the challenge of being out of your comfort zone are all part of the appeal of traveling.

One thought on “5 Reasons to Travel While You’re Young

  1. Harry McMath
    March 18, 2014

    I couldn’t agree more. Traveling changes people for the better.

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