Such an amazing article. Awesome inspiration. One of my best friends shared this with me.
Most people I know who waited to travel the world never did. Conversely, plenty of people who waited for grad school or a steady job and traveled still did those things — eventually. Be careful of the yeah-but. The yeah-but will kill your dreams.
So if you still have a reasonable amount of control over your circumstances, you should do what really matters. Because life won’t always be just about you.
During early adulthood, your worldview is still being formed. It’s important to steward this time — to give yourself opportunities to grow. A good way to do that is to travel.
So, young person, travel. Travel wide and far. Travel boldly. Travel with full abandon.
It’s about experiencing true risk and adventure so you don’t have to live in fear for the rest of your life.
It will put you in places that will force you to care for issues that are bigger than you.
Become a person of culture, adventure, and compassion.
Travel. It may not be easy to do, but find a way to get out of your comfort zone. It’s really never too late. I implore you — travel.
Why do I want to travel?
1. To live freely, adventurously, and spontaneously
2. To face risks, challenges, and obstacles and overcome, learn, and grow from each and every one in full force
3. Because I can do anything if I can get up and go, leaving everything behind, to build a new life that I want in another country
4. To experience the world and live each day richer with never-ending ambitions and passions
5. To have a lifelong network of international friends and experience various cultures
6. To see, hear, taste, speak, and touch all the wonders of the world
7. To become even more open-minded
8. To gain new perspectives on life
9. To mature, thrive, and prosper more than I ever could if I just stayed in one “comfortable and safe” place
10. To enrich myself professionally, personally, and overall