You’re young, you’re adventurous, and you’re free. Whether you’re looking for student travel opportunities or considering solo travel for the first time, the door is open for you. But a lot of times, young people don’t take advantage of the amazing and life-changing travel opportunities available to them. Here are 25 reasons why you should take the first leap and explore the world before the age of 25.
25. Travel can be cheaper for young people. A lot of tourist attractions, museums, parks, etc. will offer discounted rates for younger people, especially students. Also, there are some companies that are designed especially for young people. Take advantage of these before you don’t fit into this age category anymore!
24. Hostels are easier to navigate. Most hostels are full of younger people – that’s just the nature of the accommodation. You are more approachable as a person in a similar age category then the other guests.
23. You’re in a stage of your life where things are in constant motion. Whether you’ve just graduated college, just started a new job, or just changed career paths, your teenage years and early twenties are a time for self-discovery. Travel can help with that.
22. It’s easier to do active things. You can hike, bike, walk, run, swim, dive, or jump. Your body is young and able, so take advantage of this stage in your life.
21. There is free money available to you. Yes, it’s true. There are a number of scholarships, grants, and prizes available for young people to travel. Between educational grants, life-fulfilling grants, volunteering scholarships, and other miscellaneous funding opportunities, there is no reason not to take the free money handed to you. A quick Google search will get you there.
20. You’re more likely to budget more. You may have just come out of college, or you might be starting graduate school, or you might be just into a new job. Either way, you want to save money. Therefore, in your travels, you’ll look for ways to save on everything from attractions to accommodation to nightlife.
19. You’ll be braver. Traveling requires you to take some risks, and by taking these risks one step at a time, you’ll have the courage to apply your bravery to tough decisions in your life.
18. You want to do it before you get married. In 2010, the average marriage ages according to the United States Census were 28.2 and 26.1 for males and females, respectively. Don’t you want to get out there and explore the world before you settle down with a spouse, a home, a job, and kids?
17. You will eat really amazing food. This is so important. Food is a staple of life and having the chance to taste things around the globe will definitely change your life.
16. You get to experience local traditions much different than your own. You might be dancing in the streets in a Danish electronic music festival, or eating at a Japanese dinner table while sitting on the floor. It’s really cool to learn about the different ways people live, operate, and celebrate.
15. Music around the world varies greatly. You might find yourself tapping your foot to some Bollywood music in Delhi, or some Icelandic post-rock in Reykjavik. Maybe you’ll even start to change your music tastes.
14. Learning different languages is fun, rewarding, and useful. It’s a challenge to learn different languages, but you never know when you might need to use them! And immersion (via traveling) is the number one best way to learn.
13. The natural beauty around the world is breathtaking. Need a change of scene? Don’t worry, there’s seemingly an endless amount of places to explore around the world. Nature is ever-changing and there are so many beautiful horizons to discover.
12. Many things are more beautiful in person. It’s true – there’s really nothing like seeing a place you’ve read about or even seen pictures of with your own two eyes.
11.Everyone’s been telling you to do it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no advocate for peer pressure, but this is one situation where the pressure is a good thing.
10. You will need to go out of your comfort zone. In order to make the most of your travels, you’ll need to learn how to go out of your comfort zone. This is a skill that will really change your outlook and your way of living, and you’ll get a lot out of your experiences.
9. You will learn when to say yes, and when to say no. Decision-making is hard, and sometimes you’ll have to have the strength to say no in the face of temptation. But this can definitely help you later in life too.
8. You will meet inspiring people. In your hostel, in your location, and all around the world, you’ll meet people and hear stories that will blow your mind. You might even be inspired to change your view on something or learn more about something else.
7. It will supplement your education. Ever wanted to see the place where that historic event took place, or that book, or that natural phenomenon? Travel there!
6. You’ll develop a broader world perspective. By traveling, you’re letting the world make its mark on you. You’re taking in your experiences and turning them into pieces of your life.
5. You’ll have stories to tell for years to come. You can tell your kids or your grandkids or your future spouse or your friends or your coworkers or your boss or that random guy sitting next to you on a plane about your adventures. And they’ll be impressed.
4. Independence. Important for every aspect of your life, being independent is a characteristic that develops naturally with travel.
3. It may be your first major self-investment. In order to be happy, you need to invest in yourself. Whether that’s a time investment, a monetary investment, or an effort investment, these decisions will affect the rest of your life. Travel is one of the best investments of all three o these things that you can make.
2. You know you want to. I don’t think there’s a single person in this world who doesn’t want to travel, especially young people.
1. You’ll probably fall in love with it. You’ll lay down a foundation for a lifetime of exploring, adventuring, and traveling – one you can share with the people around you and carry with you everywhere.