Why you should travel while you are young

Travel broadens the mind, and traveling young helps sharpen it as early as possible. This is my true belief. I have been lucky to live and grow up in a country where I had access to a high level of education; however, my experience demonstrated to me that everything cannot be learned in a classroom. As much as I like my comfort zone, my family, my friends, my country, my surroundings, traveling is crucial to me. It has quickly taught me valuable life skills. Here are the reasons why you should travel while you are young:

You will discover new cultures and be open-minded. New religions, new people, new cultures.  You learn from traveling that every place and every person is different. Being exposed to diversity at a young age is beneficial and creates tolerance and compassion. Exploring and observing a new way of living changes your perspective and outlook on life.

You will acquire important skills that will benefit you for your life. Navigating in foreign countries and being forced to step out of your comfort zone, you will have to stay sharp, think on you feet, trust your instincts and use your common sense. You will see yourself achieving things that you would have never thought to be capable of.

You learn to be more independent and confident

You learn how to be resourceful

You learn flexibility and how to adapt yourself

You learn to not be afraid of challenges

You learn to be decisive and responsible

You will have a deeper appreciation for what you have and be grateful for it. Often, when you travel, you are able to draw comparisons to everything: to home, to people, to society, and even to your own life. Depending on which country you travel to, you will have to face misery and meet people less privileged than you. That a country is either « developed » or not, you will learn the good and bad from those places. All those things that you will experience will, naturally, make you feel grateful for what is right in your home and in your life.

You will learn how to manage money at an early age. When traveling, you usually have a specific budget to respect, otherwise you will quickly understand the consequences of not handling your finances correctly and the disaster of not having enough money for the rest of your journey.

You will be able to step back from your current life and learn/determine what is your purpose in life and what you want to do with it. For lots of people traveling has been the catalyst of a « wake-up call. » Experiencing something different and knowing something new made them realize that the life they were living didn’t suit them, and decided to change course. If you can find out what really is your aspiration in life at an early age by expending your horizons, this will prove to be a huge advantage.

You will create memories. In the end, you remember what you do, not what you don’t. Collecting things and being comfortable is temporarily satisfying, but collecting moments and living adventures is so much better and makes you feel alive.

You will make friends all around the world and create an international network. One of the best parts of traveling is meeting people. Strangers you meet along the way can become lifelong friends. Take this opportunity to eventually practice your social skills.

You don’t have heavy responsibilities yet. In most cases, you are young, you start life fresh, you don’t have bills to pay, no duties or burdens, you are free. If you don’t do it now, then when?

You will evolve and grow from the experience. Traveling helps you mature, master new skills, build self-esteem, discover you passions, what you like, what you don’t like… It helps you to rise and shine.

You will be an interesting person to talk to or to hang out with. « Traveling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a story teller, » Ibn Battuta. You gained culture, memories, experience, you will actually have something to share with people. Someone who has something to bring to the table is much more intriguing and attractive. You will be one of them!

Happy Travels!

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