5 Reasons to Travel while you’re Young

The faces of Bayon at Angkor Wat
The faces of Bayon at Angkor Wat

1: When you’re still young and you don’t have too many serious commitments, its important to take your opportunities when you can.

2: Broaden your horizons. Try new food, learn a different language and explore other cultures. You will carry these experiences with you for the rest of your life.

Drifting effortlessly in the hot air balloon over the spectaculat landscape of Cappadocia
Drifting effortlessly in the hot air balloon over the spectacular landscape of Cappadocia

3: Meet new people. You never know who you could encounter along the way, which makes it that much more exciting. Take the chance and expand your social and networking circles.

Thailand, floating market
Thailand, floating market

4: Become independant. There is nothing quite like travelling to teach you independance beacause you’re away from home, out of your comfort zone and having to fend for yourself.

5: Live a little. Explore, have fun and enjoy it. It’s important not to take yourself too seriously but rather to enjoy the experience and learn from it.

London, Leicester Square
London, Leicester Square
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86 comments

  1. Bang to rights… too many people leave it too late! OK, I haven’t travelled as you have, but I’ve got some great future nostalgias under my belt

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  2. I completely agree! I travelled when I was younger and thought I would get it out of my system. No such luck. Now I travel with my family! We revisit some places I’ve been before and I always have a different perspective on it because I’ve changed in the intervening years.

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  3. Great words of wisdom. I’ve imagined that graduation from high-school should require a trip to a foreign country. I think if we want our kids to be well-rounded “citizens of the world” we need to push them out of the nest a little bit.

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  4. I completely agree! But what exactly defines your version of young? I’m 31 and still have plans to travel again and again and again. I hope to always be young 🙂

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  5. I agree with your points wholeheartedly. Travelling on my own did teach me to be independent and self-reliant. And it is something I will encourage my children to do.

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  6. Some good advice, indeed. But there’s a time for everything. I travelled for 15 years, but during those last years I felt something was missing in my life. My joy for travelling was lost. Then I stayed at home and started a family. Now I’m travelling again and my children travels on their own. I’m very grateful for what life has given me. The one adventure I would never be without, is having children. That journey has got all the ingredients you want – and need – to grow as a human being.

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  7. Agree! You’re lucky. I travelled then and still are traveling, but they are two different kinds of experiences. Thank you for the gorgeous pics, as always.

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  8. I couldn’t agree more – even though a lifetime’s addiction to travel has left me financially poor, what a rich life I’ve had and if my wings become clipped in the future I’ve those memories to keep me company. 🙂

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  9. I arrived late to travelling, setting off on my first 7 month adventure in my mid 30’s. Meeting and travelling with young people made me realise that their approach to travelling was very different to mine. I reckon I was getting more from the experience, possibly because I appreciated it more.
    But I am jealous that I missed out on all those years of potential globe trotting. And getting pissed up in the dingy depths of Bolivia did look like it was good fun actually.
    So yep… Start early. But more importantly keep doing it, as the experience will change over the years.

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  10. It’s a very straightforward and precise article. Loved it. Despite of my family obligations (Im single but supporting my sicked parents, a norm in Philippine culture), I still managed to save some cents so I can go and travel. I really learned a lot from traveling especially when traveling alone.

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  11. Very good reasons to travel while you’re young, it is my biggest regret that I didn’t pack my bags to see the world after finishing uni although I did fit in a couple of overseas trips including a 7 week stint in the UK, Europe and Sweden. Now I have a husband, a mortgage and two black doggies so the trips overseas are few and far between although I am always dreaming of travel and the trips I would like to make.

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  12. I wish I’d had the time and money to travel to faraway places when I was young… But I’ve probably been to more of the out of the way places in my own country than most who have been to popular tourist destinations. What price the coalfields and papermills of eastern Scotland around Markinch or the china clay mines of Cornwall and the steel mills of Rotherham? How far do we need to travel to find something that is special? Sure, I’d love to visit Petra but how many of us miss marvels that are under our feet?

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  13. A great post there. Everything is so true. Meeting new people, broadening horizons and becoming independent. I’m sure these are 5-points every traveler will relate to. Add to it, when traveling when you’re young; not only do you discover new places but you also end up discovering a new you;-)

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  14. Thank you for this fabulous blog….you have completely inspired me.Traveling when young can be a great platform to diversify your experience early in life and to discover what is your purpose in life.

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  15. Thank you for this fabulous blog….you have completely inspired me.Traveling when young can be a great platform to diversify your experience early in life and to discover what is your purpose in life.

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  16. There’s something about travelling young that’s different than travelling when we’re in our post 30s and 40s. It’s like we’re still being moulded because we’re still young and not jaded yet hehe. I agree with you about broadening out horizons. The food, language and finding out about new cultures. You’re also right about remembering these new experiences for the rest of our lives. Cherishing stories to tell our grandchildren!

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