Everyone has the perfect excuse of why they don’t travel when they’re in their 20s. I don’t have money to travel, I don’t have time to travel, I just got out of college, I am looking for my career, I have a job that could lead to my future… etc. etc. etc.! Well here are my answers to those excuses, and I hope they can inspire some more travelers!
I don’t have the money to travel. Well do you have money to go out to lunch, to go out for a beer with friends or buy new clothes? Chances are you do. All you need to do is prioritize traveling for a few months. Save the money that you would have spent in those months on dinning out, beer, going out, clothes (that you probably don’t even need), and you’ll be surprised how quickly the money will save up! Make a few cut backs and save that money for travel and you can soon do an awesome trip! Another option is to look for cheap destinations, $100 in Portugal will last you a LOT longer than $100 in Switzerland. So if your budget is limited, research where you’re going and be smart with your choices.
I don’t have time to travel. Well you’re in your 20s… There will never be a better time to travel! When you’re in your 30s-60s chances are you will have a LOT more responsibilities than you have right now, and might really not have the time to travel. Then when you’re in your 60s+, you may have more time, but chances are you won’t have the energy and enthusiasm to travel the world as you do right now! When you’re in your 20s, it’s easier than you think to make time to travel.
I just got out of college. Honestly I have heard this, and don’t even understand why it’s a valid excuse for some people. Of course I understand the crippling debt that comes with college (trust me…), but that doesn’t mean that you need to let that stop you from traveling. Take the summer off after college and travel!! Even if it’s just a road trip with friends across the country. Take a moment and just travel, really connect with the world around you and you may find that that you even discover something about yourself in the process. Don’t go out and look for a job right when you finish classes. There’s time to grow up when you get back from your trip 🙂
I am looking for my career. If you are in a job that you don’t plan on doing for the rest of your life, then what’s the point about worrying if traveling will mess it up for you? If you are searching for the perfect career, I couldn’t think of a better time to travel. As I said earlier, you may even find that through traveling you are inspired and learn a little bit more about yourself and what you REALLY want to do for the rest of your life.
I have a job that could lead to my future. This goes with the above excuse a little bit. While it can be scary, let me give you a good tip, QUIT! Quit your job and go see the world, especially if you are looking at your future! If that job is going to lead to your future, then you are most likely about to take on to a lot more responsibility that is going to tie you down for the foreseeable future and stop you from traveling. So take time before you do that and seize this opportunity! Quit your job and travel!
You will always be able to find another job, climb the corporate ladder and be miserable in an office, but you won’t always be in your 20s, energetic and eager to travel, so do yourself a favor, get out there! See what the world has to offer, and grow as a citizen of this amazing Earth that we call home!