Today I have the pleasure to let the pen for writing a new post to a fellow blogger and adventurer! She’s Krista, blogger at reroutelifestyle.com, and together with her boyfriends Mike they write about inspiring goal-getters to reroute their lifestyle! Plus, while managing their blog they travel the world! Through this post Krista will share her thoughts about why you should make the most of your 20’s by travelling. Enjoy the read!
Travel in your 20s, because traveling takes you out of your comfort zone, and you need to challenge yourself to push through periods of discomfort.
Whether you’re dreaming of experiencing life as an expat, or taking a brief vacation, you should make the room to travel in your 20s.Whether you’re dreaming of experiencing life as an expat, or taking a brief vacation, you should make the room to travel in your 20s. Click To Tweet
Do you think traveling is unrealistic? Skip that next Starbucks coffee. Start throwing your spare coins in a piggy bank. Make a little extra money with a side hustle.
But don’t be afraid to let the travel bug bite you in your 20s.
Traveling opens your mind to different perspectives.
My first visit to the Philippines also happened to be the first time I witnessed poverty, especially poverty in a third-world country. The experience helped shape the selfish teenager in me to learn the importance of caring for others, including strangers.
A common phrase is “people of the same feather flock together.”
Doesn’t it seem that way in your community? Maybe there are people who earn the same amount of money who meet for drinks after work. Or how in some inter-racial communities, people actually spend most of their time with their own race. Or even think about how generations are divided by age and not really inter-mingling with other generations.
But traveling gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with people who have differences from what you might be used to – whether it’s a difference in economics, ethnicity, nationality, culture.
This exposure to different perspectives truly helps you grow as a person.
It makes you appreciate everything more.
When writing this article, I turned to my boyfriend, Mike, who spent much of his 20s traveling. I asked him, why should people travel in your 20s?
He offered, to build appreciation for what you have. His words of choice were, “Iappreciate running water, and American toilets.”
Sometimes we take for granted our day-to-day amenities or surrounding. So, getting to experience another culture or the way another community operates can make you appreciate your everyday lifestyle.
You will stand out from the crowd.
While your peers might throw their money towards the bars every other nights, or chase the American dream of paying a mortgage while they raise a family, you’ll be walking down the streets of Paris.
Finding your favorite places to escape the craziness of London.
Or maybe even hopping onto a cruise.
Later on in life, you’ll appreciate that you skipped those blackout nights in order to experience something out of the ordinary.
You learn the ways different communities operate.
When you’re visiting another place or country, you can immerse yourself in the community. Volunteer for a local non-profit. Build your resume and find a skill-building internship.
You can go to Hawaii, or another Pacific island, and learn the hard work and community that goes into maintaining kalo lo’is (taro fields). Or, you can visit the city of Chicago and learn from a diverse community about a significant part of American history. A city formerly the Center of America during the Industrial Revolution.
What I’ve learned over the years is different communities have different goals and values. When you immerse yourself in a community, not only do you learn from the way you operate. But, you also have the opportunity to share your knowledge and benefit a community.
You don’t have to travel luxuriously.
Later in life, you might become accustomed to the amenities a fancy hotel or all-inclusive resort offers. Or you might have a family that wants the amenities a hotel offers, like a pool or a spa.
But in your twenties, you’ll want to stay in hostels. Or, multitask and spend your vacations housesitting. Your accommodations can be minimal because you’re just grateful to be spending your time outside of the cubicle.
You’ll make relationships based on sincerity.
The friendships you make, whether while traveling or at home base, won’t be based on security. They’ll be based on sincerity.
Why? Well. I’m sure you know the feeling: reconnecting with a friend, and the conversation begins as if you saw each other yesterday.
Those sincere friends
hips you make, whether at home, or traveling around, will last a lifetime.
So, it goes to show that you shouldn’t stay in one place just to maintain a friendship. Trust me: your real friendships will last forever.
It’s never goodbye; it’s a hui hou.
In Hawaiian, “a hui hou” means “until we meet again.”
No matter where you go, and where you make friends, you know that it will never be goodbye. Because those connections you make are real connections, you know in your heart that you will cross paths in the future.
Don’t be afraid to be a solo traveler, embrace the community, and meet new friends. As you travel, everyone may be coming and going. But… it’s never goodbye. It’s a hui hou.Travel in your 20s to learn about others. To learn what makes a community work. To see how relationships are made somewhere else. Click To Tweet
The time to travel in your 20s…is now.
Many of us will eventually grow to become parents, tied down by the chains of a career, a mortgage, or a family.
Travel in your 20s before you have a family of your own to take care of. While you don’t have a spouse whose accommodations or opinions you have to consider.
Travel in your 20s, even if you have to plan your trip on a budget. Because it’s okay to skip the luxurious parts of vacations.
Travel in your 20s regardless of whether or not you feel comfortable staying where you’ve been raised. Because how can you see how incredible the rest of the world is if you stay in one place your entire life?
Travel in your 20s to learn about others. To learn what makes a community work. To see how relationships are made somewhere else.
For those of you in your 20s, where are you going next? For those of you not in your 20s, what advice do you have for others who read this article?