Is it really worth the extra time, effort, and finances to travel? You can probably guess the answer, but there are more reasons than you think…
Travel while you’re old enough for independence, but young enough for adventure. They say go, before bills, mortgages, and all the other things that Monopoly made us believe were fun become actual things that are not fun at all.
I don’t know who “they” are for you, but we all have them. They’re right.
Now is the time to travel. Now is the time when we are young and free, finding ourselves, and rising as a generation.
Oh! We’re also picking up a hearty dose of student loans, purchasing car insurance, forking out twice the rent for half the space, and looking for a job that pays well and makes us happy, because they told us to.
It’s a division of decision steeped in irony; not just a question of economic practicality, but that of personal life values. A ticket to a faraway land is a hefty sum. With every other obligation tapping our shoulders left and right, is it really worth the extra time, effort, and finances to travel?
It is, my friends. And here’s why…
You’ll get a serious ROI.
Think of travel as an investment in your future. It looks delicious on your resume. Communication, negotiation, independence, creativity, and adaptability are required for any traveler to have a successful trip abroad.
Guess what? They’re also the exact skills a potential employer is looking for.
It’s good for you, says science.
Maybe you need to take a break from the everyday grind. Maybe you need some space to sort your own life out. Whatever the case, travel is scientifically proven to be good for your mental health, physical health, personality, and well-being.
You can do it!
We’ve all heard the cliche about saving by cutting back on coffee. I would never advocate for such a drastic and barbaric ritual. Instead, think of it like this:
Did you know a 12-oz. black coffee (that’s a “Tall” at the ‘bucks) has more caffeine than three shots of espresso? Did you know that a 20-oz. (“Venti”) latte is made with only two shots?? That tidbit can save you over $2 a day (yup, that’s over $730 per year), cut down on daily fat intake, AND get you more wired in the morning. You’re welcome for that best advice of your life.
With some effort, you can get smarter about spending, cut useless costs, and get creative with your lifestyle. And here are a bunch of helpful tips to get you started—the coffee just scratches the surface.
But you don’t have to do it alone.
There’s nothing wrong with asking for a little help; your friends and family who have traveled before will appreciate the transformative potential and be happy to contribute to the cause.
What’s more, some awesome companies who give themselves shameless plugs *cough* can make it even easier with interest-free payment plans, group discounts, and tons of inclusions so you don’t have to worry about planning.
After all, if travel is about rejuvenation, why should the process leading up to it cause more stress than fun?
Experiences > Things.
Our world is saturated in things: things that bend, things that break, and things that get lost in the void of time and memory.
But our world is also filled with beauty: beautiful places, beautiful people, and beautiful cultures.
This is a fantastic, fascinating, and massive earth, with food to make us drool, cities to bring us back to another time, people who teach us something new, and sights that take our breath away. These are things that last forever. No, travel is not something you can tangibly hold in your hand—but you can take it with you.
And it is ALWAYS worth it.
Oh, and it’s fun as hell.