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Eight reasons why you should travel in your 20s

Embarking on an adventure is always a good idea; it’s an even better idea when you’re in your 20s.

Footloose and fancy-free, it’s the perfect time to thrill seek, experience different cultures and learn about yourself and the world. The lessons you’ll learn whilst you travel, really will last you a lifetime… 

1. You’ll get real-life experience

You’ll learn more about yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, your capabilities and your resilience than you ever will at university or in the working world.

2. You’re free from a lot of responsibility

Chances are you haven’t got any big responsibilities such as mortgages or children which could put your plans on the backburner. As you progress through life, you may not get another chance to see the world, grab this opportunity with both hands.  

There's no better feeling than being free

There's no better feeling than being free

3. You haven’t fully settled into a career yet

Whether you’re about to walk into the working world or you’ve been working for a few years, the fact that you haven’t really settled into working life yet is a bonus. It’s much easier to take a break from your career when you’re just starting out, then when you’re established within a role which you enjoy. 

4. You get a better perspective

We sometimes have preconceptions of what other countries or people are like. By going to exotic places and mixing with people from all different walks of life, you’ll soon realise that your preconceptions and judgements are wrong. See the world through your own eyes and you’ll gain a much healthy perspective on things.  

You never know who you may come across

You never know who you may come across

5. You’ll master your soft skills

Honing in on your soft skills is extremely important. Perfecting your communication, teamwork and analytical skills as well as developing a strong work ethic are all desirable traits that will help you through life. To travel successfully, you’ll master these skills without really thinking about it too much.

6. You’ll become a storyteller

Your friends and family will be keen to learn all about your travels, so you’ll naturally turn into a storyteller. You’ll end up taking in more of your surroundings than usual, using all of your senses to really capture the essence of travelling.

Take in all the sights and sounds

Take in all the sights and sounds

7. You’ll create meaningful relationships

The people you meet whilst travelling will instantly feel like family. You’ll form a close bond with people a lot quicker than you usually would back home. It’s people like this that make your trip unforgettable and even when your home you’ll think of your trip and the people you met, fondly. 

8. You CAN afford it!

Contrary to popular belief, travelling doesn’t need to cost the earth. There are ways and means of making your trip as cost effective as possible; it’ll just take a little more forward planning and thinking. Put in the extra research and you’ll reap the benefits.

It’s a big world out there, whilst you can, see as much of it as possible.

As Mark Twain once said:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Check out our article 20 things to see and do in your 20s for inspiration.