Need an excuse to wander aimless around the globe? Look no further.. I've got you covered. 5 Justifiable reasons you should definitely say YES to travel in your twenties.
If not now, when?
Despite Louisa Johnsons latest hit, we are not forever young. In fact we're forever aging - every day older than the one before. So it's crucial that we make the most of our years, agreed?
Now I'm not one to put a time frame on life events but typically speaking it is in our 20's that people find themselves settling down with children, careers or partners and focusing on building a life together. Don't get me wrong Im certainly not saying you can't travel despite these commitments but one thing you will find yourself doing more so than ever before is compromising. Why?
- Time off work clashing
- School holidays making prices increase
- What your children/partner wants out of a holiday conflicting with your own wants and needs!
So embrace your single or childless self and travel to ignite YOUR purest and realist form of exploration so you have no regrets further down the line.
Increases financial awareness
From the initial stages of planning a trip to actually going on said trip, my inner coupon queen comes out. Seriously, I turn into the Beyoncé Knowles of bargain hunting. Buzz, buzzzz make way the Queen is coming through 🐝
When you are determined to travel you will make it happen. You will sacrifice, you will save and the pay off will be sitting poolside watching the sunset in a new destination, knowing YOU have made this happen.
Go back to basics with a student like budget. Swap your L'Oréal for Superdrug's own brand. Your hair mightent be 'worth it' but your trip certainly will!
You will also work harder to earn your money and therefore will value its worth more than ever. In the run up to my current trip to Thailand and Bali, I worked 6 day weeks, 3 of which were doubles - sometimes including 16 hour shifts. At times it was tiring and I was a bit deflated/burnt out. Knowing this, when I hand over a crisp note I want to ensure I'm getting my money's worth.
How do you do this? Get yo Beyoncé on girl. F!ck the single ladies, it's all about the saving ladies.
• Barter with the locals. Today a taxi driver tried to charge me $1200 baht for a trip that was no longer than 15 minutes down the road (totally over priced), in the end up he agreed on $500 for two people. The difference in the original price actually got me two meals and my return taxi to the airport the following day.
• Comparison is vital. Compare your flights with sights such as Skyscanner. Compare your hotels/hostels on Trivago/Hostel World or check out if you can get cheaper deals through Air B & B.
• If your accommodation is £10 a night but 192863miles from any tourist attraction, it's actually not cheaper than the £20 one five minutes down the road from temples/beaches/markets. Take cost of travel into consideration when decision making.
It makes you more accepting of others
Travel initiates human interaction and hostels in particular provide nice common rooms/meeting points to start conversation and make friends. I guarantee you will meet people from every axis of the globe, most of which will have walked a completely different path in life than yourself.
As the saying goes don't judge someone till you've walked in their shoes. I remember being on a group Tour in Australia and this one particular girl in our group was really bossy, controlling and authorative. Naturally it annoyed me, but I bit my lip for the sake of harmony in the group. Later that day she told us how it was mandatory in her country to serve in the army or navy for a period of time and that she was a high commander in her rank. Although it didn't excuse her tone or way of communicating with others, It did make me understand why she was the way she was. It was very formal, no nonesense with little room for humour. I guess she needed to be like that in work to get things done correctly and was conditioned to know no other way.
Lesson - Be open minded, try to see things beyond what they initially seem. There's usually a reason behind someone is the way they are.
It makes you more aware & accepting of yourself
Mentally you will strengthen and grow
Travelling will make you a significantly more independent person. Knowing that you can survive by yourself , far from everything and everyone you know gives you power. Power and self belief to do anything you set out to achieve.
When you're on the move, especially travelling or backpacking solo will force you to ignite conversation with strangers. Sure, sometimes it's awkward but more often than not the other person craves the conversation as much as, if not more so than you. At the end of the day we're all human and we all get lonely especially when you are so far away from loved ones. Inviting someone on your excursion or making room for them in your plans can make someone's whole trip. I'm a firm believer in positive Karma. You get what you give in this life!
So be kind, compassionate and generous with people and watch your own experiences blossom 🌸
Don't know if you ever heard tell of a fella called Peter Pan? But if you didn't, he lived in a place called Neverland and for a long time I lived in a similar place called future-land. Like Neverland, it wasn't actual real but for a long time I convinced myself and others it was.
A far cry from the strong, independent, Irish woman I am now - I used to be extremely insecure. Sure I still have hang ups, don't we all? But my teenage self, self-hated so much it actually affected my life. I'd skip social activities and frequently bail on friends events based on how I felt about myself. I didn't tell them that though, I was always 'sick' or 'studying'. What a lame-o. Looking back it's actually quite upsetting, borderline disturbing in fact how much importance I placed on a mirror reflection.
So what changed? How did I go from vain Jane to couldn't-give-a-fuck chuck? Simple. I stopped caring about others opinions and started focusing on my own. People will always judge so it's exhausting to even try and please them and why should you? I'm living for me, not you. So you do ya thang and I'll be over here doing mine.
I posted the above picture on social media a few days ago, something I wouldn't have dreamt of doing even a year or two ago. Why? Because my body isn't perfect BUT it is alive | functioning & healthy and I appreciate what it does for me.
Realistically I am more aware of my flaws than anyone else. I will never be a Victoria Secret kind of gal and that's fine. I have super thick thighs, a larger than average waist and a huge arse which looks totally unproportional to my lack of tattybojangle. But I style it out and I work with what I've got, whilst trying to work to achieve what I don't have (abs, more toned legs & butt) but want.
Someone once said, change what you can't accept and accept what you can't change and it's actually a magical mantra. It's sort of a recipe for happiness if you can actually bring yourself to follow of it.
I'm not gonna hate the body I currently have in the search and progress of the body I want to have and neither should you!
You realize home is where the heart is
Living abroad is great. Seeing different scenerys, delving into contrasting cultures and momentarily living beyond or below your usual standard of living is an exciting, eye-opening type of education you could never gain in a classroom.
It sometimes takes a reality check to make you stop and count your blessings.
• I've seen people in severe poverty, begging for their next meal.
• I've watched a child dance with happiness on the streets of Marrakesh, when a passerby gave her a piece a slice of pizza. If someone handed a first world kid the latest I-phone, they wouldn't have had as hysterical of a reaction. In fact they'd probably complain that it was the wrong colour.
• Ive ate street food, made in kitchens infested with flies, because it is the social norm of that area as they can't afford western facilities.
• I've slept in tents, hostels and grand hotels.
I know how I live and I know how others do. Ive seen the spectrum and it only made me appreciate how truely blessed I am and how ridiculous my 'problems' actually are, in the grand scheme of life.
Returning home is all the sweeter & you appreciate it all the more.
Let me know in the comments the reasons YOU think travel is so important in this day and age!
As always, thanks for reading! x