Why You Should Go Travelling Before You’re 30
Life’s tough isn’t it? You spend your adolescence craving for the supposed freedom of adulthood but when you eventually get there, you yearn for the days of your youth when all you had to worry about was what you were going to spend your pocket money on.
The gap between the ages of 18 and 30 provides plenty of questions and very few answers. What am I going to do with my life? Do I have a career? Should I go to University? Am I too old for pocket money?
They’re questions we don’t like answering and the best way to put them on hold? Travelling. Often painted as a quest of personal fulfillment and cultural enlightening, travelling is as much about putting off real life as it is ‘finding yourself’ on Cambodia’s Monkey Island.
But that can’t be a bad thing can it?! Why should we rush into real life when there’s the chance to ride an elephant in Bali? However, travelling can often be a drawn out, exhausting period of your life and though you’re having the time of your life, it’s because you’re doing it at the right time. The average traveller is 22 and that’s because it’s the best time to go. Wait too much longer and you might never get to go…so here’s why you definitely should go travelling before the age of 30.
Real life sucks. It’s full of responsibility, commitment and hard work. So why rush into it? Research shows we’re living for way longer than previous generations so that means we’ve got more time to bask in the sun of the Copacabana Beach before we become clinically depressed by the daily rituals of the workplace. That’s for your 30’s.
Because you need to take advantage of the fact that you have no responsibilities…before it’s too late.
You’re young, good looking and best of all, you shouldn’t have a care in the world. There’s never going to be a better time to travel the world and have an awesome time. In a few years, you’re going to be bogged down by the harsh reality of real life, one of marriage, children and work.
There’s plenty of time for all of that during the rest of your life but that will occupy you for decades. You’ll never get the chance again, so do it now.
In your twenties you’re full of beans. You’re like a cocker spaniel chasing your own tail (energetic but pretty thick). Everything’s new so you’re pumped to get out there and see the world. But when you reach your 30s, you’re far more reflective.
You’d rather a cup of tea than trench through the Amazon. Travel before you start prioritising the things in life that you shouldn’t.
Partying’s fun but it takes longer and longer to get over the hangovers as you get older. Gone are the days that tales of the previous night keep you going throughout the following day. Now, you wake up and you barely look like the person that drank the bar dry the night before (and there’s why).
A large part of travelling is the nightlife culture and you won’t be able to experience it to its full if you can’t move for 48 hours after a night out.
Okay so you’re putting off real life for about a year by having the time of your life but it’s not all fund and games because travelling broadens the mind. There’s some people that go travelling and refuse to be further than 100m from a McDonalds at all times but those that allow themselves to try new things will ultimately become a better rounded person. Know the capital of Vietnam is Hanoi and you’ll already be one step ahead of your uncivilised friends. Knowledge is power and all that, innit. You don’t want your kids to think you’re thick, do you ?
The great thing about travelling is that you can guarantee to meet plenty of other people that share the same mentality as you do and at the exact same time. That’s a potentially dangerous cocktail that could get you into all sorts of trouble but you’re travelling, so who cares? Inhibitions are thrown to the wind whilst you’re away so why not share your amazing adventure with like-minded people?
You could make friends for life with some of the people you travel with which is always handy because that means you have a place to stay on that stag weekend in Stockholm.
The easiest thing to do in life is to do what you’ve always done. It’s what you know and it’s unlikely to throw up many surprises. But the best times of your life are unlikely to be based on the easy decisions or your inability to say ‘yes’ to things. Travelling, through it’s unpredictable nature, throws you into the unknown and tests you to limits you didn’t know you could go to.
When you hit 30 you’ll have the travelling bug out of your system and you’ll have a much better understanding of who you are and what you want to do.