Waiting for retirement to travel is overrated if you ask me. None of us can predict how much time we really have left on this vast planet anyways. If that hard truth is not enough for you, here are 8 great reasons to start planning your next vacation.
#1 Traveling Abroad is Cheaper Than You Think
Asia has dreamy destinations like the mountains of Nepal or turquoise waters of the Philippines, where we paid only $20 for food and hotel per day! That means $10/person for the ENTIRE DAY! Even in Europe, we are managing to travel on about a $50/day budget, so $25/each. That's less than we use to pay per day just for rent alone in San Diego.
Traveling abroad in our time is very affordable thanks to a plethora of great travel apps and websites. Some of my favorites are Skyscanner for cheap flights, Hostelworld for places to sleep and meet people, Airbnb to stay with a local, TripAdvisor forums to answer questions, BlaBlaCar or Uber to get around cheap, and of course Google to find anything else you need.
#2 You Have More Energy at 30 to Do Cooler Shit
There are those 80 year old fitness junkies who strolled right past me in the Himalayas of Nepal. But at their age, I personally don't know if I'll be up for going diving in Thailand, singing karaoke with the ladyboys in the Philippines, or standing bravely amongst thousands of igniting fireworks at the Lantern Festival in Taiwan.
Don't wait until you're older to travel. I doubt you will feel like tanning with your top off like the Spanish women when you are 70 years old.
#3 To Build an International Network of Friends
I have met so many people traveling that my Facebook and Instagram is now an international melting pot. I have made connections all over the world. You never know when you may need to call on a friend in Taiwan or Greece.
I'm so grateful for the over-the-top kindness I've been shown while traveling. I can't wait for the day when I can open my doors in San Diego to my travel companions. Friends who travel together stay together.
#4 Your View of Life Will Expand
After experiencing 12 countries in the past 18 months, I have a deeper understanding of what life is about. I have learned through other cultures so much about how to better enjoy this precious life we are given.
When you see how the rest of the world lives, you begin to question how you want to live your own life. Some Nepali kids walk 45-minutes up a freaking mountain to get to school, yet they are beaming with joy! I never would have grasped the priceless lessons I've learned if I had never left America.
#5 You Will Learn More About Yourself
You will learn very valuable information about yourself (and partner or friend) while traveling. This is because you will be seriously out of your comfort zones, which may trigger certain habitual patterns. Things about yourself that need to change become magnified when you are in a new place long enough. Just simply taking a break from your everyday life will help you to clear your head and do some soul searching.
For me, I learned how easily a little discomfort can completely change my mood. This awakening made me determined to become more resilient. I also gained more patience and overall awareness from traveling. And for this, I am beyond grateful.
#6 You Will Gain More Confidence and Wisdom
Traveling abroad, especially in a third world country, will make you braver and wiser. Each and everyday there is uncertainty. You don't know the language, the customs, or even the acceptable price to pay for things.
It's easy to get taken advantage of if you don't speak up and ask questions. But it's equally easy to learn a lot by talking to locals, who are usually thrilled to help and can offer even better advice than google!
#7 You Will Simplify Your Life
"The purpose of life is simple. Find what makes you feel relaxed and happy, and do that. But don't be lazy." -Swamy (My Guru in India)
We often complicate everything. But after squatting in the ground to pee and living out of a backpack, you realize how little you really need in this life. You will meet others who have so little, yet they still radiate joy. This will inspire you to simplify your life too.
#8 You Will Become More Grateful
So many people would be thrilled to be reading this right now. But majority of the world doesn't have access to the Internet yet like you and I do. In some countries it's illegal to use Facebook.
Traveling this big world causes our hearts to overflow in appreciation for the freedoms we have. After seeing what life is like for people all over the world, you will have a deeper understanding of what being grateful really means.
Thank you so much for reading. I hope this gave you some inspiration to travel more! Have a euphoric adventurous day :)