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Why You Should Travel In Your 20’s

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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You can follow/contact Krista on Twitter, Instagram, or this Facebook group for goal getters.

 

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?

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28 Comments

  • Reply Antero

    Yes it is true 20´s are a good time, as are the 30´s ..and so on, I still love travelling 😀

    18/12/2017 at 19:08
  • Reply Laura

    Couldn’t agree more, we’re huge fans of traveling while you have the freedom and flexibility to do so! Check out all of our travel posts here: https://areweadultsyetblog.wordpress.com/category/travel/

    19/12/2017 at 4:42
  • Reply Nadene

    Yes to all of this. I was lucky to experience two backpacking trips both of three month duration in my 20s. Have never looked back.

    19/12/2017 at 15:06
  • Reply Nicole | Glamorously You

    I totally agree with everything here! I took a trip to Europe when I was 19 and it changed my life. The earth is our home so it only makes sense to take a look in all rooms, right?

    19/12/2017 at 16:05
  • Reply Seppy

    Traveling is one of my favourite things and there are so many important points made in this post! Everyone should try and travel more!

    Seppy | http://www.elleisforlove.com

    19/12/2017 at 16:30
  • Reply Emily

    I would second traveling as much as you can when you can. I am grateful for the travels I had in my 20s and am looking forward to more, but it definitely gets harder with kiddos and other stuff that comes up.

    19/12/2017 at 16:42
  • Reply Dara

    I am definitely going to try to travel more in my 20s, which starts next year! I hope one day to travel solo on my own one day; it would be so fun!

    19/12/2017 at 17:57
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Oh that will be so nice! And yeah definitely try solo travel! Went on my first solo travel this year (first a short trip to Paris and then a month in Canada), it’s totally different and eye-opening!

      20/12/2017 at 18:04
  • Reply Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor

    I couldn’t agree more. I think traveling is something we should do throughout your entire life. I have an 8-year-old and twins that are 6 years old and they already have their own passports.

    19/12/2017 at 20:50
  • Reply Carolin

    Sooo true!! I love traveling… Experiencing all the different cultures and seeing so many different places it makes me really happy 🙂

    19/12/2017 at 21:58
  • Reply Mandy

    I agree with travel opens up new perspectives! I went to Hawaii and realized that there’s so much more out there career-wise. I can find a job that I really enjoy and it will be so worth it. Traveling is the best!

    20/12/2017 at 0:36
  • Reply Yolanda

    I couldn’t agree more! I am 41 now but travelled A LOT in my twenties. I lived in Europe for 5 years and backpacked + travelled for work, but also took a year out and travelled around the world when I moved back to Canada. It was truly THE BEST thing I ever did. So many experiences that made me the person I am today. Now it’s career, kids, mortgage, etc – but I still plan on putting that backpack on again for a big trip down the road… The travel bug never goes away!!

    20/12/2017 at 2:39
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      That’s so goof Yolanda! Your experiences sound amazing and I think it’s amazing your travel bug is still alive!

      20/12/2017 at 18:07
  • Reply yvette

    One of my biggest regrets is not taking the chance in my 20s – before my kids – to go travelling more. I think it is so important to take that chance.

    20/12/2017 at 4:20
  • Reply Torey @ LovelyandGreen.com

    Travel is the best, I’m now getting into my later 20’s (yikes!) and still have so many places left on my bucket list. I agree you don’t need to travel luxuriously, a fancy hotel is wasted since I plan most of my vacation around the food 😛

    20/12/2017 at 7:15
  • Reply Carley

    I have never had the opportunity to travel outside of the United States but I live in Pittsburgh where I can learn about so many other cultures without ever having to leave the city. While I agree with you that if you have the chance, you should absolutely travel, I’m very grateful to live in a city that readily embraces other cultures. I love that I’ve been able to learn through field trips, guided tours, and the diversity of my area.

    20/12/2017 at 16:00
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      That’s definitely another amazing option, having the chance to discover new cultures and habits is totally eye-opening!

      20/12/2017 at 18:09

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