As I’m going through my twenties, I’m starting to see that even though a lot of people want to travel and have the intentions to travel, the day where they actually buy the ticket may never actually come. If you want to explore the Great Coral Reef, climb Mount Kilimanjaro, or find your personal legend at the Pyramids of Egypt, you should buy your ticket right now, and here are 5 reasons why:
Things that are in motion, stay in motion
The law of inertia states that things that are in motion stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force. If you keep doing exactly what you are doing right now, you’re just going to be MORE of the same exact person with the same routine and the same car living at the same place with the same life and everything is going to be the same. If you don’t DO something to enact the change in your life, nothing’s going to change and you are not going to the places you dream of going.
You still have a lot of flexibility in your 20s because your life is not solidified to the point where you can’t leave it behind. If you have a really firmly established position at work, you can’t just leave for the Bahamas to sip on a MaiTai. If you have kids, it’s definitely possible, but imagine dragging a two year old kicking and screaming while hiking up Machu Picchu. Right now, people want you here, but they don’t need you the way they’ll need you later. GO WHILE YOU CAN!
Everything Will be Fine When You Come Back
You worry about food rotting, milk spoiling, and library books becoming overdue. Worse yet, you worry that upon return your social life will be as barren as the Saharan desert between oases. Eat the food, drink the milk, and return the library books right now. You weren’t going to read them anyways. As for your social life, if the feelings are mutual, they’ll be there when you come back. It’s all about the effort you invest to the relationships regardless of whether you’re here or away. Write letters when you’re gone. You’ll be amazed by how much you realize about your friendships that truly matter and the things you’ll want to say upon return.
Today is as Good as Any Other Day to Die
It is wise to plan for the future, but tomorrow is not promised today. Nobody knows when we are going to die, and there is no reason why that day shouldn’t be today. As each day slips through my fingers, propelling me towards my 30’s, I become increasingly aware of how precious the vitality and freedom of youth truly is. And each day that passes is a day closer to our eventual deaths, so we might as well live while we’re alive.
Everything resets to its natural state
I find that while I’m traveling, everything goes back to the way things are supposed to be. My circadian rhythm resets, I do the things I enjoy, and I eat the things I want to eat. I don’t have to force myself to wake up on the wrong side of the bed to the alarm which disturbs my slumber. I seek out the activities which I naturally feel inclined to do. For you, you may enjoy watching a musical on Broadway, trekking curvaceous slopes of the Grand Canyon, or learning about arts and culture at the British Museum. You might feel a rush as you ATV through the sand dunes of the Gobi desert or you may simply want to relax with a drink in your hand and a partner by your side on the beaches of Phuket, Thailand. Simply put, you learn more about the world as well as yourself. But you will never know any of this nor yourself unless you throw yourself out into a whole new world that awaits you.
Traveling has the potential to expand your horizons and views throughout this world and further your knowledge and understanding about yourself within. Traveling though, is simply a metaphor for life. There is so much to do, so much to see, so what’s wrong with taking the backstreets? You never know if you don’t go. You’ll never shine if you don’t glow. Get your game on, all-star, go play!