You should travel because you don’t have time.
Minutes, hours, days, weeks pass all so quickly and within seconds a year has gone by. Now two years. Now three. Time does not wait for any of us, and you can never beat it. Time always wins. It will remind you every so often that it is passing by but you rarely fully comprehend how fast it is going. You should travel because you don’t have any time, so you need to go now. You have this moment, this hour, this day, this year, to see something new. To make a memory. To have an adventure. Time is already ahead of you, and it is begging you to catch up. You should travel because you don’t have time to put other things first. If traveling is always put off, it will never happen. You will never get time to travel. There are always other things that come up. So you need to just run after it, run through the world, chasing time until you cannot go further.
You should travel because you don’t have anyone to go with.
Your friends and family are on different schedules and they can’t come. You don’t have a travel buddy, but that’s okay. Travel alone. Where you go, how long you stay, what you see, what you do, is entirely up to you. You can indulge in yourself, for once. You can only think about you, you and nobody else. You can be selfish. You can make your desires a priority. You should travel because you don’t have anyone to depend on. You’ll need to build up your own strength, not rely on somebody else’s. You won’t have anyone changing your plans. You cannot wait for friends to be free, for friends who will want to go. Your friends may change their minds. They may want to go somewhere else. You should travel because your trip will belong entirely to you and no one else. You can tell what you want to tell, and the rest only you will know.
You should travel because you don’t speak another language.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to communicate, and you have a terrible accent. You will learn as you go. You should travel because you will challenge yourself. You will try to speak even if it is difficult. You will learn new words. You will learn a few form of dialogue. You will hear a language you never have before. You will be lost in a sea of strange conversation. You will be confused. You will feel helpless. But you will feel so proud of yourself when you can say one thing. Or when you start bowing in the proper way. Or when you give money and extend your hand in the polite tradition. You should travel because you don’t speak another language, so you should immerse yourself in the sounds of a foreign tongue, and you should learn.
You should travel because you don’t like change.
Change happens all the time, in little and big ways. It’s unavoidable and inevitable. Instead of getting annoyed when things change, you should just make the changes yourself. You should travel because you need to be in charge of change if you want to learn how cope with it. You should travel so you can make the changes in your favor. You should travel so you can change things for the better.
You should travel because you don’t have money.
You will never have enough money to do everything you want to do. Money is important but it’s also like an anchor on your moving ship. It pulls you down and stops you from using it in a way that will make you happy. You should travel because you don’t have money now, but who knows if you ever will? It may seem counterintuitive, but you cannot wait to have a large enough surplus of cash. You don’t need to have a lot of money to go abroad. Nothing is certain. Maybe you will never have enough. Maybe you will spend it on other things in the meantime. (You probably will spend it on other things. Cutting back on a year’s Starbucks habit can pay for a long vacation in a year.) You can travel with what you have. You can make it work. If you plan, and research, and want to, you can. You should travel now, because you don’t have money to keep buying things that don’t have real meaning to you. You should travel now, because you don’t have money to keep throwing away.