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Everyone says to “travel when you’re young”, granted that is easier said than done. I have been trying to do this but you always hit obstacles, whether it’s money, the drive to find a career, school, loans, health insurance, there is always something to stop you. And it would be so easy to say well this is my life now, I am no longer young enough to travel; I have to become a responsible adult. I will get a nine to five job, a stable career and I will settle down and that’s it. Sometimes I think to myself, well I am no longer young so therefore I can no longer travel.
Now I have traveled. I have lived abroad in Europe for over two years and I traveled extensively, along with studying abroad twice and traveling as much as possible in between. I am however, back home now and this is where things get difficult to travel. All of a sudden things start popping up that I have to deal with. I have to realize that I have loans to pay (which to be honest, I have been avoiding like the plague), my health insurance will no longer be covered by my parents in just a few months, I have family engagements that I cannot miss and don’t want miss. There are obligations (some more enjoyable than others) that cannot be ignored. To be honest I have taken an unusual path and my life doesn’t fit into the mold people seem to except. Every job I have had so far was to fund my traveling.
The thing is I cannot stop traveling and I do not want to stop traveling. I think the best way to describe it is a little like being an artist. You have the drive to do something creative, to make something, to make the world beautiful; well for me travel is just that. I want to create new and unique experiences. I want to make the world a better place by visiting it and realizing that we are all the same, that its only the change in scenery that makes it unfamiliar. I want to not only make the world beautiful but travel to realize that it is already beautiful; sometimes you just need a change to realize it. Traveling will be something I will always need in my life, traveling is my career and my one all consuming goal is to see it all.
So I guess I will keep traveling while I am young, because it is what I am meant to do. I can already tell that this temporary settling down will not last. I am already making my escape plan from “normal life”, it is just going to take a little more planning and dedication to get back out there and travel again. Everyone says travel while you’re young but why not just travel? All the reasons that bog us down in normal life are just excuses, if you really want to travel, then do it. I am not going to say it will be easy because it’s not. And if you need to work seven days a week so you can go to southeast Asia for three weeks then do it. If it is something that you truly love you will find a way. Maybe the saying shouldn’t be travel while you’re young, it should be travel keeps you young because no one should stop having new experiences and stop learning about our world.
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