unexpected tips: 10 reasons to travel while you’re young

1. You will learn to be open-minded.

Being exposed to different cultures, religions, and, well.. everything, will give you a much broader perspective of the world.

2. You will learn to be independent.

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You will learn how to take care of yourself, because even when traveling with others, you’ll have to learn to get around on your own and create your own journey.

3. You will be great at stretching your money in the future.

Traveling when you’re young often goes hand in hand with traveling on a budget. And trust me, you’ll get reaaallyyyy good at finding cheap (but livable) accommodation, making a day’s worth of groceries last a week, and how to splurge on the right things.

4. You’ll learn that friendships are not necessarily strongest with time.

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You’ll meet people and become best friends in 10 minutes. You’ll know life stories before names. You’ll meet people that just ‘get’ you, and you’ll learn that friendships that have lasted the longest aren’t necessarily the ones that are the most meaningful.

5. You will learn that your problems are most likely not the end of the world.

You may come across people with fatal illnesses, absolute poverty, the effects of natural disasters, or people who have lost everything, and only then will you realise that your problems are nothing in the world. You have a roof over your head, food on the table, and the ability to see the world. We have good lives.

6. You’ll find the true meaning of love.

Whether you fall in love with a country, a travel companion, or yourself, you’ll learn the meaning of unconditional love.

7. It’s cheaper.

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Student discounts, am I right?!

8. It’ll help out your resume.

Adaptable. Open-minded. Interned in ______. Did some really kick-ass stuff (maybe reword that last one). Will look absolutely fabulous on your CV.

9. Partying.

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we were falling over (you can see the fear in my eyes)
Try local spirits and beers, have a couple buckets in Thailand, make memories that you’ll only be proud of when you’re young (but always stay safe!)

10. You will learn loads about yourself.

Because travel brings the real you out, and you’ll go through life feeling a whole lot more in touch with who you want to be.

9 comments

  1. Everything here is spot on, especially making friends in 10 minutes. Sometimes I get so caught up that after 20 minutes of talking we realize we have no idea what each other’s names are, and it’s okay! Great little article!

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  2. I’ve been lucky enough to grow up abroad all my life, and as an adult I’m still living abroad, and I can only agree with your points. Especially number 2 is some that I can identify with a lot. It just makes you step out of your comfort zone and teaching you to solve your own problems when they occur. I’d definitely encourage everyone to travel whilst they have the chance. Not to mention it’s a ton of fun! Great post!

    Would you by any chance be interested in sharing some of your travel experiences? We’ve got a cool contest running at Creators.co that I think might be right up your alley. Be sure to check it out at https://creators.co/@creators/4231162! There are some pretty sweet prizes up for grabs too!

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    • Thank you so much for your feedback! We’re certainly lucky to have grown up abroad, and I’m so glad you can relate!

      As for the contest, thank you so much for thinking of me! I’m definitely checking it out!

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  3. A most balanced and “mature” post with a great list of why to travel when young. Sadly I didn’t step outside my own country until I was 36 years old and found a month in Nepal to be sooooo difficult. But …… have made up for it ever since travelling all over the world. I think I’m younger now!

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